Switzerland: LafargeHolcim’s divestments in Southeast Asia have coincided with a positive first half to 2019. Its net sales rose by 3.5% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis to Euro11.8bn in the first half of 2019 from Euro12bn in the same period in 2018. Its recurring earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 7.2% in real-terms to Euro2.41bn from Euro2.25bn. Its cement sales volumes rose slightly by 0.7% on a like-for-like basis to 104Mt and sales of ready-mixed concrete decreased by 2% to 23.6Mm3.
“We have achieved a strong first half of the year and successfully continued our profitable growth strategy. All business segments have contributed to this success and to the continued over-proportional growth in profitability,” said Jan Jenisch, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the company. The group attributed the growth to ‘successful’ pricing and growing cement volumes.