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Cementos Argos

01 April 2019, Published under Cement News

In 2018 Cementos Argos shipped 16Mt of cement and 10.3Mm 3 of concrete. This generated net income of COP291bn (US$93m) and EBITDA of COP1.54trn. The company ended the year with a net-to-debt EBITDA index of 3.7 times, compared to an index of 4.6 at the end of 2017. According to the company, a bond issue totalling COP500bn with an average life of 9.5 years, plus a new syndicated loan totalling US$600m “significantly improved the debt profile”.  In the US 5.7Mt of cement and 7Mm 3 of conc...

China accounts for 15% of Central American cement imports

07 January 2019, Published under Cement News

In the first half of 2018, Central America’s largest importing country was Nicaragua, which purchased cement from overseas sources to the value of US$28m, followed by Guatemala at US$18m. Smaller volumes were imported by El Salvador (US$12m), Honduras (US$7m), Panama (US$6m) and Costa Rica (US$5m), according to CentralAmericaData. YoY the volume of cement imports in the region advanced by two per cent from US$75.6m to US$77.1m in the 6M18 when compared with the year-ago period. Around 15...

FLSmdith's Central America contracts are now effective

28 September 2018, Published under Cement News

FLSmidth has announced that the greenfield and brownfield contracts for plants in Central America are now effective, with the company receiving the agreed down payment. The two contracts, worth a combined EUR250m, will be part of its order intake for the 3Q18. The contracts include design and engineering, equipment supply, automation systems, training as well as advisory services for installation and commissioning. Once operational within 24-26 months, the plants will have a capacity of 20...

Cementos Argos 1H results impacted by challenging Colombian market

17 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos released its 2Q18 results this week with revenues up by 1.4 per cent at COP2.184trn (US$726bn) from COP2.154trn in 2Q17. The 1H18 revenue amounted to COP4.092trn, down from COP4.231trn in 1H17, a fall of 3.3 per cent. EBITDA and net income were affected by the US$24m fine imposed by the Superintendence and Commerce in Colombia. 2Q18 EBITDA amounted to COP328bn, down 11.2 per cent on the COP370bn of 2Q17. Adjusted EBITDA, excluding the fine reached COP404bn in 2Q18, was up 5.9 ...

FLSmidth signs two large cement plant contracts in Central America

06 August 2018, Published under Cement News

FLSmidth has been awarded two new contracts for greenfield and brownfield cement plants in Central America. Both US$100m+ contracts include design and engineering, equipment supply, automation systems, training and advisory services for installation and commissioning. The expected start-up is in 24-26 months and once online, the works will have a capacity of 2000tpd and 3500tpd. Combined, the contracts are worth more than EUR250m. Among several other conditions, they are also subject to F...

Cementos Argos sees falling volumes

18 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos released its 1Q18 results this week , announcing revenues of COP1.9trn (US$670m), but cement sales fell by 4.1 per cent to 3.7Mt and ready-mix volumes by 7.5 per cent to 2.4Mm 3 . ICR reviews the state of Cementos Argos' regional markets and guidance going forward. The outlook for the cement and ready-mix market for the rest of the year remains positive, mainly boosted by the residential segment, which is expected to continue gaining momentum, supported by the solid fundam...

Leading cement producers: 2017 overview

29 March 2018, Published under Cement News

On the whole, 2017 was a year of growth for the world's leading cement producers. HeidelbergCement saw its revenues advance by 13.8 per cent YoY, while China's Anhui Conch reported sales growth of 34.7 per cent. Dangote recorded an improvement in revenue of 31 per cent while Cemex, Buzzi Unicem, Vicat and CRH all saw more marginal expansions of between two and 5.1 per cent YoY (see Figure 1). The only major to report a fall in sales revenue was LafargeHolcim, dipping 2.9 per cent as its ceme...

Sika establishes El Salvador subsidiary

13 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Sika is continuing to expand its presence in Central America and is setting up its 99th national subsidiary in El Salvador. The company will thus be represented by its own sales and distribution organisation in the small Central American country with over 6m inhabitants. José Luis Vázquez, Regional Manager Latin America: “Sika already has a strong market position in El Salvador, as we have been supplying the construction sector out of Guatemala for many years. With this new national subsid...

Cementos Progreso joins the CSI

05 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Cementos Progreso of Guatemala has joined the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) as its first affiliate member, a new level created this year by CSI to expand its membership base and facilitate the initial steps for new joiners of the initiative. Cementos Progreso was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Guatemala City, Guatemala. As a key player in construction industry in Latin America, the Company operates through three segments: cement, ready-mix concrete, and lime. The com...

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 ...