Europe / Middle East / Africa
Italcementi results for 2012 so far
Aug, 02 2012
(Italy) -- Italcementi Group has released consolidated results for the six months to 30 June 2012, which show mixed results across its operations. Revenue and earnings were both down, as was the group's net profit, which was drastically down due to the absence of a major one-off receipt seen in the year-ago period. The company announced that it expected the second half of 2012 to be broadly in line with that of 2011.
The group's consolidated revenue for the first half of 2012 was Euro2.29bn compared to Euro2.42bn in the first half of 2011. Recurring earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) came in at Euro328.7m compared to Euro371.7m in the first half of 2011. Italcementi's total profit for the period was Euro0.8m, compared to Euro187.8m in the first half of 2011. This apparent drop was due to the absence of a receipt from the sale of Turkish operations, which was conducted in the first half of 2011.
In the first half of 2012 consolidated cement and clinker sales totalled 23.5Mt, a drop of 7.5% compared to the first half of 2011. The reduction was largely due to the decline in central western Europe and, to a lesser degree, in Egypt. Sales in Asia continued to make good progress and sales volumes in North America and Bulgaria showed a strong recovery.
Italcementi said that its first half results confirm the upturn in North America and the recovery in prices in some markets, although demand was down in the Eurozone. Among emerging countries, it recorded positive market performances in India and Morocco, while the sales trend in Egypt remained negative, although better than expected. It added that its withdrawal from the Turkish market a and new strategic agreement in China had generated positive impact on its financial position.
Going forward, Italcementi said that the effects of efficiency measures, together with a positive dynamic in prices on a number of markets should enable it, in the absence of currently unforeseen events, to reach full-year operating margins broadly in line with those of 2011.
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