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Elementia: Fortaleza brand to register 20% growth in 2014-15

24 September 2014, Published under Cement News

Despite a slow market, Mexico’s Cementos Fortaleza expects to close 2014 and 2015 with growth. Antonio Taracena, director general at Elementia, owner of the Fortaleza brand, attributes the growth due to the new brand. Although sales are forecast to rise by barely one per cent in Mexico this year, Elementia – owned by Carlos Slim and Antonio del Valle – expects to show 20 per cent growth by end-2014, and predicts the same level for 2015. "We will grow another 20 per cent, as in this ye...

Elementia plans IPO, Mexico

23 September 2014, Published under Cement News

Mexico's Elementia is exploring the possibility of soon launching an initial public offering (IPO) to expand its cement business and fuel further acquisitions, the company's chief executive officer said on Monday. Senior Elementia executive Eduardo Musalem said in a conference call that the company was looking at issuing stock and that a decision would be made by the beginning of next month. He added that it was too early to say how big the share offer could be. The company has four divisi...

Mexico: Lafarge sells its minority stake in Elementia

22 September 2014, Published under Cement News

Lafarge announces the sale of its 47 per cent minority stake in its cement operations in Mexico to Elementia for a cash consideration of US$225m (EUR175m). The joint venture between Lafarge and Elementia operates three cement plants in central Mexico, close to the capital city. This divestment will contribute to Lafarge's objective to reduce net debt. This transaction is subject to the approval of relevant authorities and customary closing conditions.

New FLSmidth Service Centre in Zacatecas, Mexico

19 September 2014, Published under Cement News

FLSmidth recently opened its newest service centre in Zacatecas, Mexico. The official opening was attended by Zacatecas state governor, Miguel Alonso Reyes; Patricia Salinas, secretary of economy and social development; Ingeniero Horacio Franco, Mayor; representatives from the state government administration and the Mexican mining community, and the press. FLSmidth was well represented with key management personnel attending from the Salt Lake City, Santiago and local Mexican offices. The g...

Cemex to buy back over US$950m of debt

18 September 2014, Published under Cement News

Cemex said on Wednesday it would buy back more than US$950m worth of its debt from bondholders through a tender offer, as part of a wider plan under a new chief executive to reduce its leverage, Reuters reports. Cemex said holders of US$592.5m worth of outstanding nine per cent notes due in 2018 and US$365.1m worth of 9.25 per cent notes due in 2020 had tendered their notes by the Wednesday deadline. The purchase will help the company to lower its debt-to-equity ratio and reduce interest p...

Fitch Assigns 'BB -' Ratings to CEMEX's Notes

08 September 2014, Published under Cement News

Fitch Ratings has assigned expected ratings of 'BB-/RR3(EXP)' to Cemex's proposed USD notes due in 2025 and its proposed Euro notes due in 2022. Proceeds from the Euro notes issuance will be used for general corporate purposes, including the repayment of indebtedness under Cemex's Facilities Agreement. Proceeds from the USD issuance will be used for general corporate purposes, including the repurchase of a portion of the company's outstanding 2018 and 2020 notes. The Rating Outlook for Cemex...

Argos considers acquiring Holcim and Lafarge Latin America divestments

15 August 2014, Published under Cement News

Colombia's Cementos Argos is currently looking into acquiring the assets Lafarge and Holcim are planning to sell in Latin America, particularly Mexico and Brazil. However, it has not yet finalised any negotiations. "We are firstly interested in looking at Mexico and Brazil," said José Alberto Vélez, president of the Argos Group, in the local newspaper La República. "We have been watching with interest and enthusiasm, but have nothing concrete yet." Earlier this month, Holcim and Lafarge...

Cemex EBITDA margin under pressure

21 July 2014, Published under Cement News

Cemex' first-half turnover improved by 5.7 per cent to US$7736.5m and the EBITDA edged ahead by 1.5 per cent to US$1269.7m, while the trading profit improved by 4.5 per cent to US$721.5m. Net interest payments rose by 15.1 per cent to US$841.4m and, after other charges, there was a pre-tax profit of US$49.2m compared with a US$118.9m loss. At the net attributable level, the loss fell by 49.1 per cent to US$220.3m. Equity shareholders' funds at the end of June declined by 2.6 per cent ...

Cemex heading towards strong earnings rebound

17 July 2014, Published under Cement News

Cemex is expected to post a significant rebound in pretax earnings for the full year, driven primarily by the US recovery and an anticipated pick-up in Mexican volumes and pricing, according to JP Morgan forecasts. In a largely positive report on Latin American cement companies, JP Morgan notes: "We like the Cemex story on the back of strong growth in EBITDA…especially from the US and Mexico. Also, growing free cash flow should help to un-leverage its balance sheet. Propelled princip...

Elementia in talks for Lafarge JV stake, Mexico

15 July 2014, Published under Cement News

Elementia SA, the Mexican cement maker backed by Carlos Slim and Antonio del Valle, is in talks to buy out partner Lafarge SA in their Mexican joint venture, Bloomberg reported Monday citing people with knowledge of the matter. Elementia reportedly has the right to buy Lafarge's 47 per cent stake under an option in the original terms of the Mexico partnership. Lafarge's move to sell the stake is said to be in line with its proposed merger with Holcim which also has operations in Mexico. It ...