Italy: Caltagirone Group subsidiary Cementir has recorded first-half revenues of Euro570m in the first half of 2020, down by 3.6% year-on-year from Euro591.9m in the first half of 2019. Net profit was Euro21.9m, down by 27% from Euro29.9m. The company sold 4.6Mt of cement, up by 6.3% from 4.3Mt, which it said was “mainly attributable to good performance in Turkey.”
Operating costs fell by 3.9% to Euro475m from Euro494m, which the company attributed to “cost containment measures implemented to deal with the impact of the pandemic.” The company said that, in spite of the contraction during lockdown periods in various markets, it was generally able to offset this with “a significant recovery in sales,” as in China, where increased infrastructure investments raised demand above pre-coronavirus outbreak levels following the return to cement production on 27 March 2020. The company reduced its debt by 30% to Euro281m from Euro399.
Cementir said, “With the current industrial perimeter, we expect to reach full-year consolidated revenues of approximately Euro1.2bn in 2020. Net financial debt is expected to be around Euro180m, including capital expenditure of around Euro60m. No substantial changes in the workforce are expected.”