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Saudi Arabia: Najran Cement’s net profit has fallen by 51.2% year-on-year to US$33m in 2016 from US$68.1m in 2015. Its revenue fell by 35% to US$1.89bn from US$2.9bn. It blamed the fall in earnings on lower sales volumes due to low cement demand. It said this was caused by a slowdown of construction activities, an increase in energy prices and finance expenses.
Oman: Raysut Cement’s revenue has fallen by 2% year-on-year to US$240m in 2016 from US$246m in 2015. Its profit after tax rose by 1% to US$55m from US$54m. Previously the cement producer reported that it had faced ‘severe’ price competition and volatility in the export market.
Kazakhstan: Steppe Cement’s revenue has fallen by 8% year-on-year to US$54m in 2016 from US$59m in the same period in 2015. Sales volumes of cement fell by 4% to 1.57Mt from 1.64Mt. The drop in revenue and sales volumes was blamed on increased competition and the start-up of two cement kilns in the country.
The cement producer reported that the country’s cement consumption fell by 8% to 8.9Mt in 2016. It imported 0.5Mt and exported 0.4Mt, with imports falling and exports rising respectively. The cement producer said that its market share was 17% in 2016. It will publish its full financial results for the year in April 2017.
India: Dalmia Bharat's income has risen by 14% year-on-year to US$577m in the first half of its financial year, which ended on 30 September 2016, from US$505m in the same period of the previous financial year. Its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 28% to US$135m from US$105m. Its sales volumes rose by 21% to 7.18Mt from 5.95Mt. The cement producer explained that it had focused on building up existing capacity and entering new markets in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh during the period.
India: Birla Corporation’s sales revenue has risen by 6.2% to US$280m in the first half of its financial year, which ended on 30 September 2016, from US$263m in the same period of 2015. Its net profit more than tripled to US$22.3m from US$7.04m. Sales from its cement division rose by 5.6% to US$256m from US$242m. No comment on the results was given but in August 2016 Birla completed its acquisition of Reliance Infrastructure for US$702m.
Colombia: Cementos Argos’ sales revenue in Colombia have fallen by 8.3% to US$629m for the first nine months of 2016 from US$686m in the same period in 2015. Its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell by 12.9% to US$171m and its cement sales volumes fell by 17.9% to 3.78Mt. It blamed this on a fall in demand for bulk cement in the country caused by a delay in infrastructure projects.
“The US, Honduras and Panama continue to drive the company’s results and offer great opportunities for growth, offsetting the slowdown in demand we faced in the Colombian market as a result of the delay in the start of the construction of the 4G projects during the second half of the year,” said Juan Esteban Calle, chief executive officer of Cementos Argos.
Overall the cement producer reported that its sales revenue rose by 13.1% to US$2.05bn, that its EBITDA rose by 13.8% to US$396m but that its cement sales volumes fell by 1.4% to 10.5Mt.
Ireland: CRH’s Europe Heavyside division’s sales have risen by 5% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2016. However, no exact figures were released by the group in a trading statement. Improved volumes and prices of cement were noted in the UK and a ‘limited’ impact so far by the British decision to leave the European Union (Brexit) was noted. In North America CRH’s Americas Materials division reported that proforma sales volumes of cement fell by 2% in the third quarter principally due to Canada. Its sales volumes have risen slightly by 1% so far in 2016. Overall, CRH’s sales rose by 6% to Euro20.4bn in the reporting period.
Italy: Buzzi Unicem’s cement sales have risen by 1.2% year-on-year to 19.5Mt for the first nine months of 2016 from 19.3Mt in the same period of 2015. Its total net sales rose slightly to Euro2bn and its earnings before interest, taxation depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 18.3% to Euro416m from Euro352m. It reported improved demand in Central Europe, Poland and Ukraine but that the US was affected by poor weather. Elsewhere, it said that the recession in Russia has lessened although its sales have continued to decline.
Kenya: East African Portland Cement’s (EAPCC) profit has fallen by 42% to US$41m in the first half of 2016 from US$70.7m in the same period of 2015. It has blamed the drop on a fall in the revaluation gain of its assets, according to the Daily Nation newspaper. Its revenue rose by 5.4% to US$87m but this was adversely affected by rising cost of sales. The cement producer asked for regulatory approval to publish its financial results after a 31 October 2016 deadline.
South Africa: Sephaku Holdings has said that bagged cement market continues to perform better than that of bulk cement as large construction projects dwindle. The market continues to be characterised by price competition but appears to be stabilising following the implementation of price increases by all producers in the third quarter. Sephaku Holdings, which owns a minority stake in Sephaku Cement, made the comments in its half-year financial results that covered events until 30 September 2016. Investments of up to US$1.2m have been earmarked to improve raw material handling efficiency.
The company also said that imports of cement have ‘significantly’ declined on a year-on-year basis, particularly from Pakistan. By the end of June 2016 approximately 0.16Mt had been imported compared to 0.5Mt in the previous period, with 75% of the volume from China.