Germany: HeidelbergCement’s revenue fell by 10% year-on-year to Euro8.25bn in the first half of 2020 from Euro9.21bn in the same period in 2019. Its result from current operations before depreciation and amortisation (RCOBD) decreased by 2% to Euro1.40bn from Euro1.44bn. Sales volumes of cement dropped by 8% to 56.3Mt, aggregates by 7% to 135Mt and ready-mixed concrete (RMX) by 11% to 21.7Mm3. Its net debt decreased by 1.4% to Euro8.99bn.
“In the second quarter, revenue dropped in many countries, in some cases by double-digit percentages. Nevertheless, we achieved a good result, which was almost at the previous year’s level. The successful implementation of our COPE action plan played a large part in this,” said Dominik von Achten, chairman of the managing board of HeidelbergCement.
By region the group noted major falls in sales volumes, revenues and RCOBD in Western and Southern Europe and Asia-Pacific. Although it said that the construction industry in Germany had ‘hardly been affected by the corona crisis’ despite significant negative effects elsewhere in Europe.