Mexico: Cemex has reported that consolidated net sales reached US$4.0bn during the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 4% compared to the comparable period of 2012.
Operating earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) also increased by 4% year-on-year during the quarter to US$730m. Adjusting for the higher number of business days in its operations during the quarter, consolidated net sales improved by 2% and operating EBITDA increased by 2% year-on-year. Operating earnings before other expenses, net, during the second quarter increased by 24% to US$451m. Cemex said that an increase in consolidated net sales was mainly due to higher prices in local currency terms and higher volumes in most of its regions. However, controlling interest net income was a loss of US$152m, an improvement over a loss of US$187m during the same period of 2012.
Fernando A González, executive vice president of finance and administration, said, "We are pleased to report that this is the eighth consecutive quarter with year-over-year improvement in EBITDA. We also saw an increase in our consolidated prices in local-currency terms for cement, ready mix and aggregates during the quarter. On the cost side, our alternative fuel substitution initiatives remain a very high priority. On a consolidated basis, our alternative fuel utilisation reached 28% during the quarter. In addition, we are implementing targeted cost-reduction initiatives in Mexico and northern Europe, which we expect will result in savings of about US$100m during the second half of 2013."
Net sales in Cemex's Mexican operations increased by 2% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2013 to US$847m. Operating EBITDA decreased by 17% to US$250m. In the United States, Cemex reported net sales of US$868m for the quarter, up by 9% year-on-year compared to the 2012 quarter. Operating EBITDA increased to US$80m in the quarter, compared to US$27m in the same quarter of 2012. Cemex's operations in South, Central America and the Caribbean reported net sales of US$561m during the second quarter of 2013, representing an increase of 6% over the same period of 2012. Operating EBITDA increased by 12% to US$211m in the second quarter of 2013, from US$189m in the 2012 quarter.
In Cemex's Northern Europe region, net sales for the second quarter of 2013 decreased by 1% to US$1.09bn, compared with US$1.1bn in the second quarter of 2012. Operating EBITDA was US$108m, 11% down year-on-year. Second-quarter net sales in the Mediterranean region were US$400m, 4% higher compared with the US$384m taken during the second quarter of 2012. Operating EBITDA in this region decreased by 2% to US$94m.
Operations in Asia reported a 14% increase in net sales for the second quarter of 2013 at US$162m. Operating EBITDA for the quarter was US$38m, up by 29% from the same period in 2012.