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Cimpor sees a 12.2% rise in cement and clinker sales in 1Q14

World Cement,

1Q14 financial highlights

  • In local currency, Cimpor’s EBITDA increased by 15.3% y/y. However, if the impact of forex is taken into account then the €133.1 billion EBITDA declined by 9.7% y/y.
  • Turnover fell to €593 million, down 6.8% when compared to 1Q13.
  • Net income attributable to shareholders came in at negative €10.8 million.

Cement and clinker

  • Total cement and clinker sales improved by 12.2% y/y to reach 7.2 million t in 1Q14.
  • Sales grew by 5.2% y/y in South America and by 18.9% y/y in Africa.

Regional variations

Latin America: Improved synergies and continued dynamism helped to drive sales up by 7.7% in Brazil and to mitigate high energy costs and lower non-recurring items. Cement and clinker sales volumes grew by 45.8% y/y in Paraguay, where Cimpor launched a new cement mill. However, sales volumes contracted by 1.5% y/y in Argentina.

Europe: In Portugal sales volumes increased by 21.5% due to a 43.8% rise in exports. Exports now account for 70% of Cimpor’s activities in Portugal.

Africa and Middle East: Sales of clinker and cement improved across Cape Verde (7.1%), Egypt (21.3%), Mozambique (11.7%) and South Africa (18.4%). In Mozambique, Cimpor has inaugurated two new mills, although its operations in the country were affected by an unstable electricity supply and a rise in imports in the country. Enhanced efficiency and a new commercial strategy helped to offset increased competition in South Africa.

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