Boral’s half-year earnings down as North American fly ash sale completes

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Australia: Boral’s earnings in the first half of its financial year have fallen as it has completed the sales of its North American fly ash business. Its revenue from continuing operations fell slightly to US$1.08bn in the six months to 31 December 2021. However, its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for continuing operations dropped by 16% to US$138m from US$164m in the same period in 2020. Cement and concrete sales volumes remained stable and rose slightly respectively.

“With the completion of the divestment of our North American Fly Ash business on 11 February 2022, we have now finalised the strategic realignment of our portfolio to focus on our Australian construction materials business,” said Boral’s chief executive officer Zlatko Todorcevski. “We are focused on building a more competitive and profitable business that is positioned for success and delivers increased returns to shareholders.” He blamed falling earnings on construction shutdowns and growing energy prices despite changes to the business.

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