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Emerging markets to remain unpredictable in 2017

03 February 2017, Published under Cement News

The year 2017 is expected to be a difficult one to negotiate for large cement corporations that have high exposure to emerging markets as major price and volume issues are now surfacing.   In recent years several of the major cement groups sought to focus investment and new capacity in the emerging markets, safe in the knowledge that these markets would be the engine of cement consumption growth in the long term. Currently, 60 per cent of LafargeHolcim's EBITDA exposure is in the emergin...

Lafarge sees improved operational trends in fourth quarter

19 February 2014, Published under Cement News

Lafarge saw a continued improvement in fourth quarter volumes, supported by ongoing growth in most emerging markets, the recovery in the US and stabilising conditions in Europe. Adverse exchange rates continued to weigh on sales which were down two per cent in the final three months of 2013 to EUR3714m, but up five per cent on a like-for-like basis. 4Q EBITDA was down six per cent to EUR793m but up 14 per cent like-for-like as the group reported increases in all regions driven by highe...

Global demand growth outlook downgraded

28 October 2013, Published under Cement News

A recent report by Morgan Stanley has lowered the growth outlook for global cement demand for 2013 to adjust for a changing economic landscape in emerging regions. Following economic updates by its analysts, which cut GDP forecasts for most emerging countries, cement volume expectations have been significantly trimmed in half of the world’s regions. The research house now expects two per cent growth in global cement demand in 2013 (excl. China) followed by 3.5 per in 2014 – marking the slo...

HeidelbergCement mulls sale, float of building products business - report

07 October 2013, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement is considering selling its building products operations but could simultaneously float the unit shares on the stock market, its chief has told Reuters. Speaking to the news agency on Friday, Berd Scheifele said the German major would first look into potential divestment opportunities for part of the business next year. He further added that amid the top economic environment, top priorities are to keep cash aside and focus on organic growth. The company may, however, cons...

HSBC downgrades Holcim on emerging markets slowdown

27 September 2013, Published under Cement News

HSBC has downgraded Holcim to neutral from overweight and also reduced its target price to CHF72 from CHF77, citing weaknesses in emerging markets. The bank says an emerging market slowdown means there will over capacity and oversupply of cement will remain, while return on invested capital will be under pressure because of a squeeze on margins.

Credit Suisse upgrades HeidelbergCement

08 March 2013, Published under Cement News

Credit Suisse has upgraded HeidelbergCement from underperform to neutral and increased its target price to EUR53.00 from EUR37.00, Dow Jones reports. The bank says a more upbeat outlook for global cement prices this year and increasing demand improve the industry’s pricing power. CS also cited lower cost pressures and HeidelbergCement’s fading balance sheet concerns as reasons for the upward revision. Preliminary figures from HeidelbergCement show an 8.7 per cent advance in turnover last ...

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...

Construction held by challenging macroeconomic environment

08 October 2012, Published under Cement News

A recent research note by analysts at CM-CIC Securities sees four main themes for the global construction sector in light of a prevailing harsh macroeconomic environment. While diverse trends are being witnessed in the US and Europe and emerging markets are expected to see a slowdown in growth, a turning point could be reached in 2012-13 in terms of margins.   Taking a historical look, the France-based research house highlights that today's construction industry crisis, which was fuelled by...

JPMorgan Raises Holcim To Overweight

20 September 2012, Published under Cement News

JPMorgan Cazenove raises Holcim to overweight from neutral and lifts its price target to CHF70 from CHF56.50 on the notion that the 2Q uptick in emerging market margins could be the start of a longer run for cement sales in those markets. "Its emerging markets business is seeing margins on the turn driven by rising prices, less new capacity and relatively stable energy costs," says analyst Michael Morris. "Its portfolio gives it better access to Asia and Latin America which in the near term ...

Global market outlook

17 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Analysts at Jefferies International have recently provided an update on their expectations for global cement markets. While prospects for the US are improving, emerging markets are beginning to face uncertainties and the outlook for Europe is weaker than it previously anticipated. US markets have performed stronger than expected in 2012, having risen 15 per cent in the first half to 37Mt. While growth slowed in June and the rate is expected to ease to around three per cent for the remaind...