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South Cement to issue CNY1.5bn bills, China

29 April 2013, Published under Cement News

South Cement has said it plans to issue CNY1.5bn (US$243m) in short-term bills with a maturity of 365 days in the interbank market on 2 May 2013 to repay bank loans and replenish the company's working capital. The bills will be issued at face value and the coupon rate determined in the process of book building, the company said in a statement. Both value and payment due date is set on 3 May 2013 and the to-be-issued bills tradable 6 May 2013. Shanghai Brilliance Credit Rating & Investo...

Vicat advances in Asia and Americas

26 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Vicat's first quarter turnover was ahead by 1.2 per cent to EUR491m, which represents an underlying improvement of 2.7 per cent. Cement turnover was up by 1.8 per cent to EUR304m, with cement shipments advancing by eight per cent to 4.1Mt.  Turnover in concrete and aggregates rose by 6.7 per cent to EUR181m as aggregates shipments rose by 10.1 per cent to 4.73Mt and ready-mixed concrete deliveries jumped by 21.7 per cent to 1.8Mm³. Other products and services registered a 0.4 per cent incr...

Moody's: West China Cement's medium-term notes issuance is credit positive

11 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Moody's Investors Service says West China Cement's (WCC) issuance of medium-term notes (MTN) totalling CNY800m (US$129m) for three-years at 6.1 per cent is credit positive. The notes were issued on 28 March 2013 through WCC's indirectly wholly owned onshore subsidiary Yaobai Special Cement Group Co Ltd, which owns the vast majority of the group's assets in Mainland China. The proceeds from the MTN issuance will be used to refinance onshore bank loans, expand production facilities and for g...

Moody’s: West China Cement investment slowdown ‘positive sign’

21 March 2013, Published under Cement News

West China Cement’s (WCC) slowdown in investments is also a positive, according to Moody's analyst, Jiming Zou, lead analyst for WCC. WCC's shift from an aggressive expansion strategy to more prudent financial management follows the need to stabilise its capital structure, Moody’s highlighted in a statement. "This approach is necessary as it will need to refinance offshore debt in January 2016. It also reflects less pressure on WCC to increase market share, given a stabilising competitive ...

Cemex prices US$600m in notes, Mexico

15 March 2013, Published under Cement News

Cemex on Thursday priced six-year secured notes for US$600m to pay down debt. The notes, due 2019, to be issued at par, will pay annual interest of 5.875 per cent and will be callable after three years. It expects the sale to close on 25 March, the Mexican cement major said in a statement. The company plans to use about US$55m to pay off a 2009 financing agreement and the rest for other purposes including reducing additional debt. Meanwhile, Cemex invited holders of around EUR430m in...

HeidelbergCement reduces debt, profit edges ahead

14 March 2013, Published under Cement News

German cement major HeidelbergCement reported increases in revenue and operating income in 2012 as well as a significant reduction in net debt. Revenue for the 12 months to December 2012 improved by nine per cent to EUR14bn. Operating income climbed nine percent to EUR1.613bn, benefiting from price increases, exchange rate effects and the successful implementation of the "FOX 2013" savings programme. Operating income before depreciation or OIBD increased seven per cent to EUR2.48bn. Pr...

Titan's profits decline, except in the USA

05 March 2013, Published under Cement News

Titan Cement of Greece reported a 3.6 per cent recovery in turnover for 2012 to €1130.7m, following the 19.2 per cent drop in the previous year. EBITDA, however, continued its double-digit decline and fell by 19.8 per cent to €195.8m. While consumption in its home market of Greece has fallen to less than a quarter of the 2006 peak level, Titan has witnessed a reversal in fortunes in its US operations. In spite of a swing from a €11.9m loss on foreign exchange to a €1.5m profit, there was ...

Lafarge improves operational performance

25 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Full-year 2012 results published by global cement major Lafarge showed strong growth in emerging markets and improvements in operational performance, and it now expects to meet most of its cost-cutting goal one year ahead of target.   Lafarge's turnover increased 3.5 per cent last year to EUR15,816m and EBITDA by 7.2 per cent to EUR3450m. The trading profit showed a 12 per cent recovery to EUR2440m while pretax profit was also ahead by 36.2 per cent. However, net profit declined by 27.2 per...

Sanghi Industries 2QFY13 sales up 26%

22 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Sanghi Industries reported a 26 per cent rise in turnover for the second quarter of the year ended 31 December to INR286.3 crore. According to reports in the Business Standard of India, Sanghi Cement's net profit rose to INR21.6 crore in the second quarter as against a net profit of INR3 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. For the first half of the year, net profit stood at INR 39.8 crore against a net loss of INR 34.3 crore in the first half of the last year. Comme...

Lafarge's 2012 consolidated sales rise on higher prices, emerging markets

20 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Lafarge reported a 3.5 per cent rise in consolidated sales for 2012 driven by price increases across all product lines, higher cement volumes in Latin America and Asia and favourable foreign exchange effects. For this year it sees growth in cement demand with emerging markets continuing to lead the way. The group achieved cost savings of EUR410m in the year, delivering on its cost savings target as its savings plan is gathering pace generating EUR80m of EBITDA in 2012. EBITDA and curre...