Mexico: Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) recorded earnings before interest, depreciation, taxation and amortisation (EBITDA) of US$308m, up by 6% year-on-year from US$292m. Net sales rose by under 1% to US$939m from US$934m. US cement volumes rose by 5%, excluding oil well cement, and rose by 3% in Mexico. The company said that its cost-and-expense reduction plan saved it US$24.3m throughout the year. During the second quarter of 2020 it signed a long-term agreement to secure wind power to meet 50% of the energy needs of its Rapid City cement plant.
Chief executive officer Enrique Escalante said, “GCC wrapped up 2020 with strong operational and financial results despite the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic. These positive results show GCC’s adaptability, resilience and what we can do in challenging times. We experienced a mixed demand for our products in Mexico and the US and, with the exception of oil-well cement, both markets outperformed expectations. GCC generated top-line growth, EBITDA, a strong free cash flow and margin expansion, benefitting from the successful execution of a comprehensive plan to reduce costs and expenses. 2020 was also a year of significant progress in GCC’s efforts to implement sustainability best practices. As a result, we reached our first major milestone by reducing net CO2 emissions by 9% from the 2005 levels.” He added, “Looking ahead, GCC entered 2021 even stronger than last year; even though the situation is still fluid and challenging, we are optimistic and we will operate with the same rigorous approach to continue creating value for all of our stakeholders: our shareholders, customers, employees and the communities where we operate.”