Argentina: Loma Negra has announced its results for the three and six-month periods that ended on 30 June 2018. Its net revenue rose by 37.2% year-on-year to US$202m, mainly driven by growth in its core cement, masonry and lime businesses in Argentina. Argentine cement, masonry and lime net revenues rose by 33.4%, despite relatively flat sales volumes.
Consolidated adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 26.9% year-on-year to US$49m, mainly driven by the 36.6% increase in adjusted EBITDA from Argentina. Cement, masonry and lime sales in Argentina came to US$42m.
Commenting on the financial and operating performance for the second quarter of 2018, Sergio Fairman, Loma Negra’s Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our core business, cement in Argentina, continued to deliver a solid performance, posting both revenue growth and EBITDA margin expansion despite the current challenging macroeconomic environment in the country. This was achieved despite relatively flat volumes year-on-year, as we continue with our strategy of balancing profitability and market position. Sustained growth in concrete volume demand, by contrast, was supported by ongoing implementation of public infrastructure projects in our key markets."
"Looking ahead, we remain cautiously optimistic with the cement demand outlook in Argentina. Despite the potential impact of an adverse macro environment in the second half of the year and, given current market conditions, we believe the industry could reach similar record volumes (to those) achieved last year."