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Holcim to cut 35% of workforce in Spain

23 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim will have to cut 373 jobs in Spain (equivalent of 35 per cent) of its staff in the country, local press have reported. The Swiss-based major  is to shut down part of its production capacity in Toledo and to close its plant in Murcia on the back of declining Spanish demand and a weak outlook. Holcim's Spanish sales have slumped by 63 per cent since 2007. In the first four months of 2012, demand in Spain plunged by 40 per cent YoY. Abstracted from an original article in Cinco Dias.

Cementos Portland Valderrivas forecasts profit upturn in 2013

22 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Cementos Portland Valderrivas of Spain expects to swing to profit in 2013 thanks to the Plan NewVal launched this year, new chairman and CEO, Juan Bejar, said on Friday. EBITDA are seen to reach EUR 200m next year. Plan NewVal 2012-2013 is focused on costs reduction and new sources of revenue. Abstracted from an original article in Cinco Dias.

Spanish consumption drops 31.3% YoY

27 April 2012, Published under Cement News

Spanish cement consumption slumped 31.3% YoY in the first-quarter of 2012, showing that the sector has entered a second recession that may be worse than the last with rates of unprecedented domestic decline, Spanish cement association Oficemen notes. First quarter consumption was 3.66Mt compared to 5.322Mt in the same period last year. Production meanwhile, was 4.29Mt in 1Q12 down 24.5% from the 5.683Mt registered the year before. For March alone, consumption was 1.308Mt (compared to 2.06...

Cementos Portland to ask permission for capital hike, Spain

17 April 2012, Published under Cement News

Spanish cement producer Cementos Portland Valderrivas will request its shareholders permission to launch a capital increase over the next five years. With the move, the company is seeking to reinforce its balance sheet in case it fails to wrap up the sale of US unit Giant. The company's shareholders will hold a general meeting on May 18. Abstracted from an original article in Cinco Dias

Cemex exchange offer reduces debt

27 March 2012, Published under Cement News

Cemex announced the results of its five separate exchange offers made on a private placement basis to exchange currently outstanding Euro-denominated 4.75% As a result of the Exchange Offers, Cemex’s overall indebtedness (including the Perpetual Debentures) will be reduced by approximately US$131m. Fernando Gonzalez, Cemex’s CFO, said: “These exchange offers allow Cemex to further reduce its refinancing risk and its overall indebtedness (including Perpetual Debentures), two important compo...

FCC to delay Giant Cement sale, USA

26 March 2012, Published under Cement News

FCC is to delay the planned sale of its US-based Giant Cement Holding division while the Spanish construction major focuses on debt refinancing of Cements Portland Valderivvas, Dow Jones reports. FCC owns nearly 70 per cent of Cements Portland, which in turn owns Giant Cement. FCC had previously said it planned to sell Giant by the end of the first quarter but has now changed the timeline, FCC chairman and CEO Baldomero Falcones Jacquotot told Dow Jones in an interview, stating that FCC i...

Cementos Portland Valderivvas debt reduction plans, Spain

15 March 2012, Published under Cement News

Spanish cement producer Cementos Portland Valderivvas is looking to reduce debt to around EUR1bn from the current EUR1.3bn with two options on the cards. The company is looking for institutional investors to subscribe to its forthcoming capital hike, the proceeds of which will allow Cements Portland to cut debt. It is also considering the divestment of it Giant subsidiary in the USA and reduce its workforce by some 500 employees, Cinco Dias reports For this year, the company is planni...

RDF – stored and delivered

14 March 2012, Published under Cement News

When Cementos Molins Industrial of Spain needed a new RDF preparation, storage and transport facility, the cement producer turned to Vecoplan FuelTrack. The German firm put its 15 years of experience to good use in a design that not only allowed for current requirements, but also for future needs as described in this article by Boris Sassenrath, Vecoplan FuelTrack GmbH of Germany together with Ferran Griera and Gonzalo Lopez of Cementos Molins Industrial SA, Spain. Figure 1: bridge cr...

Cementos Portland reports 2011 loss, Spain

27 February 2012, Published under Cement News

Cementos Portland Valderrivas of Spain reported a loss of EUR327.5m for 2011 against a profit of EUR1.2m registered in 2010, local press reported. The result was explained by the company’s need to allocate EUR337m to the reinforcement of its balance sheet, Expansión reported. Excluding this effect, the loss would have come in at EUR16m. Revenues were down by 19.2 per cent YoY to EUR609m, while EBITDA amounted to EUR150.1m, down 30.8 per cent. Cementos Portland plans to boost EBITDA ...

FCC may delay sale of US unit

24 February 2012, Published under Cement News

Fomento de Construcciones & Contratas SA (FCC) of Spain may delay the sale of its US business after receiving offers below expectations, El Confidencial reports. FCC had wanted EUR600m for the unit, however, potential buyers do not see economic recovery yet that will revive cement demand, the newspaper noted, citing unidentified sources.