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Private construction to increase Thailand's cement demand

13 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Thailand is forecast to increase in the next few years after a recovery in the private construction sector, says Fitch Ratings. Fitch Ratings expects high-single-digit growth for cement demand in Thailand in 2019, while cement sales data from the Office of Industrial Economics in 3Q18 reported 3.7 per cent YoY growth and a further 2.8 per cent growth in 4Q18. Domestic cement demand for all of 2018 remained low at 0.8 per cent growth YoY. "Cement consumption should rise...

Fitch Affirms Votorantim Cimentos' IDR at 'BBB-'; Outlook remains Negative

20 April 2017, Published under Cement News

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) of Votorantim Cimentos SA (VCSA) at 'BBB-' and its National Scale rating at 'AAA(bra)'. The Rating Outlook for the IDRs remains Negative while the Outlook for the national scale rating has been revised to Negative from Stable. The Negative Outlook reflects the challenges VCSA and its parent Votorantim SA (VSA) face as they attempt to deleverage by 2018. “It is likely VSA and VCSA will need to ...

Fitch: Latin America 2017 outlook stable

13 December 2016, Published under Cement News

According to a new Fitch Ratings report, the 2017 Latin American cement outlook for both ratings and the sector is stable. Associate Director at Fitch Ratings, Gilberto Gonzalez: “Issuers have built significant operations in the US, which should benefit from increased public and private spending… Housing starts should increase seven per cent to 1.26m, which should provide an additional boost.” For Argentina cement consumption is forecast grow in the mid-single digits, recovering some o...

Fitch lowers Indonesia cement consumption expectations

27 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Indonesian cement producers are on track to achieve the lower-end of the Indonesian Cement Association's (ASI) 4-5 per cent annual growth target, with Fitch Ratings expecting a boost in demand during 2H16 due to new construction projects and more favourable economic conditions. Domestic cement demand rose 4.3 per cent YoY in 1Q16 to 14.4Mt, according to ASI's latest cement consumption data. This followed a modest increase of only 0.9 per cent YoY in 2015. However, Fitch said the quart...

Anhui Conch still outperforming rivals, claims Fitch

01 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Fitch Ratings claims that Anhui Conch Cement Company Ltd has maintained its financial strength and improved its market share in 2015, despite seeing a sharp decline in its domestic Chinese cement market. Sales volume in China's cement industry fell 4.9 per cent and average selling prices (ASPs) decreased 15 per cent in 2015, driven by the weakness in fixed-asset investments and industry oversupply. Conch has outperformed its peers by increasing its sales volume by three per cent, although ...

Brazil: Votorantim Cimentos downgraded to BBB-

01 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Fitch Ratings has downgraded the foreign currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and senior unsecured rating of Votorantim Cimentos to 'BBB-' from 'BBB'. The rating outlook remains negative, said Fitch Ratings, and reflects the significant deterioration in the Brazilian economy resulting in weakening cement fundamentals over the medium term. The challenging domestic market coupled with Votorantim's aggressive capital expenditure plans over the next 24 months will result in further deteriorati...

Fitch: West China Cement's weaker operating results outweighed by Anhui Conch's takeover

18 March 2016, Published under Cement News

Fitch Ratings believes West China Cement Ltd's weaker operations – as reflected in the 2015 results – is outweighed by its pending takeover by Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited (Conch, A-/Stable). Fitch's Rating Watch Positive on WCC is driven by the potential further integration between Conch and WCC, which will be resolved once the transaction is completed. WCC's performance in 2015 was a reflection of the weak cement market throughout the year. Its EBITDA margin narrowed to 26.6 per c...

Fitch affirms Siam Cement at 'A(tha)', Outlook Stable

10 February 2016, Published under Cement News

Fitch Ratings (Thailand) Ltd has affirmed The Siam Cement Public Co Ltd's (SCC) National Long-Term Rating at 'A(tha)', National Short-Term Rating at 'F1(tha)' and its senior unsecured debentures at 'A(tha)' with a 'Stable' outlook. Fitch notes that SCC's strong operating cash flow led to an improvement in credit metrics in 2015. EBITDA increased to above THB70bn (US$1.98bn) which saw FFO (Funds From Operations) net-adjusted leverage reduce to 2.5x. "Whilst this is below the positive rating ...

Fitch Affirms Cementos Pacasmayo at 'BBB-'; Outlook Stable

12 January 2016, Published under Cement News

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ratings of Peruvian producer Cementos Pacasmayo at 'BBB-'. The Rating Outlook remains Stable. The ratings reflect the company's solid business position as the only cement producer in Peru's northern region. This position has resulted in high margins, low leverage and solid liquidity. The small size of the cement market in the north, as well as the logistical challenges found in this region, has limited the impact of imports and the probability a global compa...

Fitch: Shanshui's rating unaffected by plan to buy back USD bonds

11 January 2016, Published under Cement News

Fitch Ratings says that China Shanshui Cement Group Ltd's announcement that it intends to offer to repurchase its US$500m 7.5 per cent senior notes due 2020 (2020 notes) does not affect the company's rating. This is because the company remains in default on its onshore debt, which triggered a cross-default on its offshore notes. Shanshui's Issuer Default Rating will be reviewed once Shanshui has redeemed or restructured all its debt currently in default. Fitch will withdraw Shanshui's iss...