Mexico: Cemex’s operating earnings have fallen in 2017 due to a lower contribution from the US and South America despite growth in Mexico and Europe. Its operating earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell by 7% year-on-year to US$2.57bn in 2017 from US$2.75bn in 2016. Its net sales grew by 2% to US$13.7bn from US$13.4bn and its cement sales volumes remained stable at 68.5Mt. The cement producer also reported an unexpected loss in net income of US$105m in the fourth quarter of the year, which it blamed on taxes on other costs.
“Although 2017 was a challenging year… We had important headwinds during the year: underperformance in Colombia, Egypt and the Philippines as well as increased energy costs, mainly in Mexico. As we have done in the past, we focused on the variables we control to dampen these headwinds and we continued to deliver solid results,” said Fernando A Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cemex.