Denmark: FLSmidth has predicted a 55% year-on-year decline in earnings before interest, taxation and amortisation (EBITA) in the first half of 2020 to Euro48.2m from Euro107m. Sales are Euro1.12bn, down by 15% from Euro1.33bn, and order intake was Euro1.33bn, down by 7% from1.42bn. Net debt is expected to have declined by 15% to Euro309m from Euro363m.
The company said, “Across all regions, the mining industry and especially the cement industry have been negatively affected by the pandemic. Even in the regions with easing of lockdowns and mobility restrictions, it is yet unclear how our customers’ spending patterns will advance. Visibility remains low and our guidance remains suspended.”