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CEMEX reports 13% top line growth driven by strong pricing

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CEMEX announces continued top line growth, with third quarter Net Sales growing 13%. Pricing was the main driver with cement, ready-mix and aggregates, increasing double digits.

  • US and EMEA regions with double-digit and high single-digit EBITDA growth, respectively.
  • Year-to-date pricing more than covering input-cost inflation in dollar terms, but not yet sufficient for margin recovery.
  • Sequential reduction of approximately US$540 million in total debt, with leverage ratio decreasing to 2.82x.
  • Executing on portfolio rebalancing strategy, with close to US$600 million of divestments year-to-date.
  • CO2 emissions year-to-date reduced by ~23 kg/t, ~4% versus 2021.
  • Submitted a revised Climate Action roadmap to SBTi for alignment under the 1.5 degrees scenario, the most ambitious in the industry.

Third Quarter 2022 CEMEX’s Consolidated Financial and Operational Highlights

  • Net Sales increased 13% to US$3956 million.
  • Operating EBITDA decreased 6% to US$649 million.
  • Operating EBITDA margin declined by 3.2 pp year-over-year.
  • Free Cash Flow after Maintenance Capital Expenditures was US$182 million.
  • Net Income of US$494 million.
  • Return on capital employed, excluding goodwill, for previous 12 months of 12.7%.

“Our pricing achievements this year have allowed us to more than offset inflationary costs in dollar terms, but stubbornly high inflation and supply chain headwinds have delayed our ability to regain margins. We are fully committed to margin recovery and will continue our efforts in fourth quarter, as well as into 2023,” said Fernando A. González, CEO of CEMEX. “Importantly, we are making significant progress in decarbonising our operations, reducing our carbon emissions by more than 8% since we introduced our climate action program, Future in Action. This achievement was driven by record levels of alternative fuel usage and clinker factor substitution. Our success to date gives us confidence that a more accelerated pathway for 2030 is possible, and we have submitted our new, more aggressive goals to the Science Based Targets initiative to be validated for alignment with their 1.5 degrees scenario.”

Third Quarter 2022 Regional Highlights

Net Sales in Mexico increased 9%, to US$948 million. Operating EBITDA decreased 12% to US$255 million.

CEMEX’s operations in the United States reported Net Sales of US$1,324 million, an increase of 19%. Operating EBITDA increased 10% to US$197 million.

In the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia region, Net Sales increased 16% to US$1,252 million. Operating EBITDA was US$186 million, 8% higher.

CEMEX’s operations in the South, Central America, and the Caribbean region reported Net Sales of US$393 million, an increase of 2%. Operating EBITDA declined 11% to US$90 million.

Note: All percentage variations related to Net Sales and EBITDA are on a like-to-like basis for the ongoing operations and for foreign exchange fluctuations compared to the same period of last year.

CEMEX is a global construction materials company that is building a better future through sustainable products and solutions. CEMEX is committed to achieving carbon neutrality through relentless innovation and industry-leading research and development. CEMEX is at the forefront of the circular economy in the construction value chain and is pioneering ways to increase the use of waste and residues as alternative raw materials and fuels in its operations with the use of new technologies. CEMEX offers cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and urbanisation solutions in growing markets around the world, powered by a multinational workforce focused on providing a superior customer experience, enabled by digital technologies. For more information, please visit here.

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