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Votorantim Cimentos starts operating new Pecém line

21 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Votorantim Cimentos has announced the start of operation of a new production line at its cement site in the Pecém Industrial and Port Complex, in the state of Ceará, Brazil. As a result of this expansion, the unit now has a production capacity of approximately 1Mta of cement. The volume produced in the new site will enhance the supply of the metropolitan area of Fortaleza. Votorantim Cimentos invested approximately BRL200m (US$38.26m) in the project. During construction and start of opera...

CSN postpones IPO

21 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Brazilian cement and steelmaker CSN has postponed an initial public offering (IPO) of its cement unit which was expected to be launched in the coming days, newspaper Valor Economico has reported. CSN Cimentos had already filed a preliminary prospectus for the IPO, but it had not disclosed the amount to be raised, price per share, or a timing for the sale. Valor said CSN had decided to halt the IPO due to recent volatile market conditions, amid the spread of the new COVID-19 Delta ...

Moody's Investor Service upgrades Votorantim SA and Votorantim Cimentos

21 June 2021, Published under Cement News

Moody’s Investors Service has assigned an investment grade rating on a global scale to the holding company Votorantim SA and its portfolio company Votorantim Cimentos. Moody’s upgraded the rating of both companies from Ba1 to Baa3, with a stable outlook.  “This is a recognition of the strength and consistency of our results, both in Brazil and abroad. Our company’s leverage is the lowest it has ever been for the past 13 years, and we are ready for new investment opportunities,” said Sergi...

Votorantim Cimentos reports BRL22m net profits in 1Q21

20 May 2021, Published under Cement News

Votorantim Cimentos ended the 1Q21 with net profit of BRL227m (US$42.8m), reversing the BRL380m loss posted in the 1Q20.   The company's global net revenue in the first quarter of the year was BRL4bn, an advance of 46 per cent in comparison to the same period in 2020, as a result of an increase in sales volume in all regions where it operates, combined with the positive impact of the devaluation of the real against foreign currencies in its international operations.   The compan...

CSN requests IPO for cement division

20 May 2021, Published under Cement News

After the recent IPO of its mining arm, Brazilian steelmaker CSN is now looking to list shares of its cement division.  The company requested authorisation from securities regulator CVM for the IPO of CSN Cimentos, although it did not provide further details.  Cement sales in Brazil increased 20.8 per cent in the first four months of the year to 20.5Mt, according to preliminary figures from industry association SNIC. "The consumption of cement by infrastructure projects is medium and ...

Argos sees high 1Q21 cement volumes in Colombia and Central America

11 May 2021, Published under Cement News

In the 1Q21 Argos recorded consolidated income of US$651.6m and EBITDA was US$125.1m. This was thanks to better dynamics in all markets and a lower comparison base in Colombia, and the Caribbean and Central America.   Cement volumes reached 4.1Mt, thus representing an increase of 19 per cent compared to the 1Q20. Cconcrete shipments totalled 2Mm 3 , with a decrease of 4.4 per cent, mainly caused by weather conditions in the USA and a slower recovery of formal construction in Colomb...

Grupo Argos formalises COP392bn sustainable linked loan

28 April 2021, Published under Cement News

Grupo Argos and Bancolombia signed the first loan agreement tied to sustainability indicators in Colombia, where the interest rate is tied to the company’s performance on gender equality and climate change, in a financing agreement that modifies current conditions for close to COP392bn (US$106m) in debt and will have a five-year maturity. In this regard, the operation does not increase Grupo Argos' current levels of indebtedness.   This transaction recognises Grupo Argos' track record an...

The search is on for new investors in Brazil's cement sector

23 April 2021, Published under Cement News

Brazil's cement market has been the focus of much attention in recent weeks firstly, with the completion of the CRH cement assets in the country to Companhia Nacional de Cimento (CNC), and more recently the unconfirmed reports that Banco Itau BBA is preparing to advise on the divestment of LafargeHolcim's Brazilian unit.  The sale of the Swiss multinational's cement interests in Brazil is expected to raise up to US$1.5bn, according to analysts  UBS European Building Materials . These fund...

INFORM forms joint venture with Chilean partner

20 April 2021, Published under Cement News

I NFORM , an internationally-known software development and business process optimisation specialist with US regional headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, has set up a joint venture with its Chilean partner, Workforce Solutions SpA. The new company has officially been operating as   Indorm Software SpA since 12 April   2021.   The aim is to continue the over 50 year-long success story of I NFORM 's Digital Decision Making technology based on Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence...

Brazilian Companhia Nacional de Cimento completes the purchase of CRH Brasil assets

19 April 2021, Published under Cement News

The Brazilian antitrust authority, CADE, in accordance to the agreement disclosed on 26 October 2020, has confirmed Brazilian Companhia Nacional de Cimento’s (CNC) purchase of all the businesses of the CRH group operating in Brazil (CRH Brasil and its subsidiaries). CNC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BCPAR, holding company in which Buzzi Unicem owns 50 per cent of the share capital in a joint venture with Grupo Ricardo Brennand. The consideration paid takes into account the price originall...