Australia: Boral’s cement business, Boral Australia, reported a 2% year-on-year rise in cement sales volumes in the financial year to 30 June 2018. Its external sales fell but this was compensated for by growing local sales in support of its concrete business. It’s said that the earnings and margins for its cement business improved due to an improvement programme. However, these benefits were partly offset by cost inflation and higher energy costs.
Overall, Boral Australia’s sales revenue rose by 34% year-on-year to US$2.62bn in the financial year to 30 June 2018 from US$2.40bn in the same period in 2017. Boral Australia’s earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBTIDA) increased by 15% to US$462m from US$402m. Total group sales rose by 34% to US$4.28bn and EBITDA grew by 47% to US$770m due to the acquisition of Headwaters.
“We have continued to optimise our networks and grow volumes in Australian east coast markets, where demand is very strong, and we continue to focus on full cost recovery through price and strengthening margins through improvement programs,” said chief executive officer and managing director Mike Kane.