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Argos sees challenges at home

14 August 2017, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos announced a net income of COP48bn (US$16m) for the second quarter of 2017 as the US and central America/Caribbean helped to mitigate challenging dynamics in its home market of Colombia.  Revenues were down by 1.6 per cent YoY and EBITDA fell by 15.9 per cent YoY to COP367bn. The US was the main contributor to both revenues (54 per cent) and EBITDA (47 per cent). Consolidated cement volumes increased by 17.9 per cent in the second quarter of 2017 to 4.1Mt. “The ...

FTC approves divestment of Martinsburg plant and related assets

19 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Following a public comment period, the US' Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved an application from HeidelbergCement AG and Italcementi SpA to sell the Essroc cement plant in Martinsburg (WV), eight cement terminals in the mid-Atlantic and related assets to Argos USA LLC, a subsidiary of Cementos Argos SA. The divestiture is required by the FTC's August 2016 final order settling charges that the merger of Heidelberg and Italcementi would likely harm competition in five regional mar...

Cementos Argos 1Q revenues impacted by Colombia

12 May 2017, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos posted a 6.1 per cent decline in consolidated revenues for the first three months of the year, citing a challenging first quarter affected mainly by Colombia. Over 70 per cent of revenues and EBITDA came from operations outside of Colombia. The US continues to be its main market in terms of revenues, cement and ready-mix volumes. For the first time, the Caribbean and Central America group region was the leading contributor to EBITDA accounting for 43 per cent.  Cement vo...

Cementos Argos' 4Q16 results boosted by US operations

27 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos has announced that its 4Q16 results saw an 8.7 per cent rise in EBITDA and 70 per cent of its revenues was generated from operations outside of its domestic market of Colombia. Group dispatched volumes of cement and ready-mix were down by 5.5 per cent and 6.5 per cent, respectively in the 4Q16. Consolidated EBITDA was COP396bn (US$137m), achieving an EBITDA margin of 19.7 per cent. Net income amounted to COP27bn. USA The group's US operations reported an EBITDA of...

Paving the road for Colombia

23 January 2017, Published under Cement News

With an infrastructure master plan that will see COP54.8bn poured into Colombia’s road network alone, the future for the country’s cement industry is positive. Anticipating sustained market growth, existing and new players are expanding production capacity and in some cases, phasing out old, wet-process technology. By Bancolombia, Colombia. Colombia is embarking on a large-scale infrastructure master plan with a major focus on the transport network Back in May 2014, Bancolombia ...

Cementos Argos becomes a member sustainability index

19 January 2017, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos has joined the FTSE Good Emerging Index which measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. The index is operated by FTSE Russell and is listed by Rate the Raters as one of the top three indexes in the global sustainability market and is recognised as an index for ESG issues for investment decisions.

Argos becomes the fourth largest US cement producer

05 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos is now the fourth largest cement plant in the United States after the Federal Trade Commission approved the acquisition of the 2.2Mta Martinsburg cement plant and the eight product dispatch and receipt terminals for US$660m. The assets acquired open the door to new markets in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey and Ohio. Cementos Argos has expanded its presence in the United States, reaching 13 states and increasing its produ...

HeidelbergCement completes sale of US assets to Cementos Argos

01 December 2016, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement has completed the US$660m sale of the Martinsburg cement plant and eight terminals to Cementos Argos. HeidelbergCement had been required to sell the West Virginia plant to comply with regulators following the acquisition of Italcementi. It is expected that the company will use the proceeds of the sale to pay down some of debt it took on to finance the acquisition process. “With the disposal of the US assets we fulfil the obligation of the FTC and improve the net financ...

Colombia's road ahead

25 November 2016, Published under Cement News

In a week that has seen LafargeHolcim announcing the start of construction of a new 0.5Mta cement plant in Buga and Cementos Argos reporting a significant fall in profits for 3Q16 ICR looks at the road ahead for the Latin American country. Some six months ago Colombia’s cement industry appeared to have nothing but a sparkling future and recent news that LafargeHolcim is investing in a new US$30m production in Valle del Cauca seemed to support this view. However, recent months have seen ...

Cementos Argos hit by Colombia’s infrastructure slowdown

23 November 2016, Published under Cement News

In a trading update for the third quarter of 2016, Cementos Argos announced that its profits were down by 22.7 per cent YoY, with cement volumes falling by 7.4 per cent to 3.557Mt. Figures for the nine months to the end of September 2016 were more positive, with the company’s net income rising by 18.7 per cent YoY to COP393bn (US$125m). The third-quarter figures were negatively impacted by a slowdown in the company’s home market. Cement dispatches in Colombia fell by 22.1 per cent in 3...