Displaying items by tag: Cemex
Czech Republic: Holcim (Cesko) will change its name to Cemex Cement from 1 March 2015. At the same time, Holcim will transfer part of the plant producing ready-mixed concrete to Cemex Czech Republic and part of the stone aggregate production plant to Cemex Sand. The changes follow the acquisition of all of Holcim's assets in the Czech Republic by Cemex in January 2015.
Mexico: Cemex expects its Ventika wind power project in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon to start operations between April and June 2016, according to Luis Farias Martinez, vice president of Energy and Sustainability. The construction of the project, which was initiated in the middle of 2014, is about half complete.
The Ventika project, comprised of two 126MW wind farms, is located some 128km from Nuevo Leon's capital city of Monterrey and approximately 56km from the US border. The project requires investments of a total US$650m, which will come from US investment company Fisterra Energy, majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone Group, Cemex and other private investors. The investments are structured as 75% debt and 25% capital investment, of which Cemex has provided 5%.
Martinez, who is also head of the newly-established Cemex Energia, added that the Ventika project, as well as all previous Cemex projects, are fully independent and are not included in Cemex Energia's plans to develop 1000MW renewable power projects in Mexico by 2020 in cooperation with Pattern Energy Group.
Mexico: Cemex has created an energy division, Cemex Energia, to take advantage of Mexico's landmark energy reform and launch power projects that could provide up to 5% of Mexico's electricity requirements within five years.
Cemex has struggled with a large debt load and cost-cutting since an ill-timed US$16bn takeover of Australian rival Rinker in 2007, when the US housing market nosedived. In recent years, Cemex has been slashing costs and has looked to sell assets to regain a coveted investment grade rating. Cemex executives are hopeful that Mexico's energy reform will be a lucrative new path.
"We are very enthusiastic about Mexico's energy sector future and we will leverage on our experience in developing projects that benefit the country," said Cemex CEO Fernando Gonzalez.
Cemex will invest US$30m in Cemex Energia in the next five years. Cemex has also signed a joint venture agreement with Pattern Energy Group Inc, which owns wind power projects, to create 1GW of renewable power in Mexico in the next five years. Pattern said that new legislation in Mexico, which mandates that 35% of Mexico's power must come from renewable sources by 2024, prompted it to expand.
Trinidad & Tobago: Cemex has struck a deal with the board of Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) that will allow Cemex to increase its stake in TCL to at least 35%, with the option to add another 5%.
Cemex SAB de CV currently owns 20% of TCL, the maximum that was allowable per shareholder, through Sierra Trading. It has committed not to seek a stake higher than 40% of TCL under an accompanying deal to an upcoming rights issue. The deal, referred to as a Subscription Agreement, was signed by Sierra and TCL on the same day that TCL's shareholders voted to remove the cap on ownership of TCL shares.
Sierra will take up its full allowable allotment under the rights offer that gives shareholders the option to acquire one additional share for every two held. Some 124,882,568 shares will be available for subscription. If Sierra fails to reach its 35% ownership target at the close of the offer, "Then subject to receiving all required approvals, including shareholder approval, a private placement of TCL shares will be issued in favour of Sierra Trading in an amount that will permit Sierra Trading to achieve a shareholding of 35% of TCL's outstanding shares," said a Trinidad Cement spokesperson. The TCL board, under the leadership of chairman and shareholder Wilfred Espinet, also signed off on an 'exclusive' plan for Sierra to buy up the TCL shares that are not taken up during the rights offer, but under terms where Sierra's stake does not exceed 40% of the publicly traded company.
The ownership structure of TCL is undergoing changes that, according to the board, will facilitate a new debt-restructuring plan under negotiation with creditors. The loan agreements of 2012 that lengthened the maturity profile of the debt by six years were placed on hold by the current board while it negotiated a new deal. Consequently, TCL's US$315m of long-term debt was reclassified as short-term obligations.
UK: SITA UK has completed the construction of its Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) manufacturing plant at Malpass Farm in Rugby, Warwickshire. The plant will undergo a series of commissioning tests over the next few months before starting full-scale production of Climafuel SRF. This will be used to power the kiln at the adjacent Cemex UK Rugby cement plant.
The residual waste material arriving at the site will primarily be collected from commercial and industrial businesses across the region that would otherwise go to landfill. Once received on site any metals, plastics and paper will be extracted for recycling. Similarly, materials with a high chlorine content, which could damage the kiln, will also be extracted. Any residual waste material that is removed from the production process will be processed into refuse derived fuel (RDF) for use in waste-to-energy applications.
To produce the SRF, the remaining material is sifted, shredded and blended while being continuously analysed using infrared technology. This allows the plant operators to ensure that the fuel, which has a confetti-like consistency after processing, has the precise chemical composition and calorific value required by Cemex UK.
SITA UK's Head of Alternative Fuels, Andy Hill, said, "The residual waste material that will be delivered to this facility would have gone to landfill but, instead, we are going to take out anything that can be recycled and then turn what's left into a replacement fuel."
"We have been producing this fuel very successfully at our sister plant at Landor Street in Birmingham for the past couple of years, but this new facility implements the latest technology and will substantially increase our production capacity," continued Hill. "Between the two plants, we'll be producing around 250,000t/yr of Climafuel."
SITA UK is currently also investing in new SRF manufacturing facilities at the Port of Tilbury in Essex, which are currently under construction. SITA UK currently supplies SRF to CEMEX UK and to CEMEX Latvia.
Mexico: Cemex's net loss narrowed in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the prior year as higher operating profits offset the effect on sales of weaker currencies against the US Dollar, according to Reuters.
Cemex reported a net loss of US$178m for the October - December 2014 period, compared with a loss of US$255m in the fourth quarter of 2013. Lower financial costs and higher operating profits helped to narrow the loss. Sales slipped by 1% in the quarter to US$3.8bn as weaker currencies against the US Dollar offset greater sales volume in most markets. Adjusting for exchange rates, sales were up by 5% from the fourth quarter of 2013. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 9% to US$701m in the quarter, bringing the total for the full year to US$2.7bn. Adjusting for currencies, EBIDTA was up by 16% in the quarter.
A construction recovery in Mexico led to a 5% rise in sales to US$827m, while in the US sales rose by 13% to US$923m. Sales fell in Europe and South and Central America, but rose in Asia. Globally, Cemex sold 17.2Mt of cement in the fourth quarter of 2014, up by 5% from the year-ago period.
Chief executive Fernando González said that Cemex narrowed its net loss in 2014 for a third consecutive year. Despite an earnings recovery, Cemex maintains high levels of debt that were taken on during past acquisitions. Cemex lowered its total debt in 2014 to US$16.3bn from US$17.5bn at the end of 2013. "We continue to improve our debt maturity profile and interest expense through our debt reduction of almost US$1.2bn and our refinancing activities of approximately US$5bn during the year," said González.
Cemex expects to sell up to US$1.5bn in assets over the next 12 - 18 months and that investments will reach US$800m in 2015. It expects cement sales volumes to grow by mid-single digits in 2015 and to generate US$300m in cost and spending reductions during the year. Cemex also expects to pay US$500m in debt payments in 2015.
Colombia: Cemex has condemned a recent attack that resulted in the death of Clavijo Rojas, head of Cemex security, near to a cement plant that it is building in Maceo, Magdalena Medio. Cemex executives want local authorities to investigate the incident so that the criminals can be apprehended. Clavijo Rojas, a 50 year old German citizen, was travelling in a car with another person when they were fired upon, possibly by a guerrilla group or by those linked to organised crime. Cemex said that it had not received any threats or demands in this area.
Europe: Holcim and Cemex have announced the successful closure of a series of transactions in Europe.
Holcim has acquired Cemex's operations in western Germany and the Netherlands, while Cemex has taken over Holcim Czech Republic with all of its subsidiaries in that country. In Spain, Cemex has purchased Holcim's Gador cement plant and Yeles grinding station, while Holcim keeps its remaining operations.
As a result of the transactions, Cemex paid Holcim Euro45m in cash. Holcim expects sustainable additional operating earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of at least Euro10m/yr.
Colombia: FLSmidth, a provider of equipment and services to the cement and minerals industries, has received a contract from Cemex for the supply of a 2800t/day cement production line to be installed at its new Cementera del Magdalena Medio S.A.S. cement plant. The order will be booked by the Cement Division and contribute beneficially to FLSmidth's earnings until late 2017.
The plant is located in the department of Antioquia, approximately 135km from the capital of Antioquia, Medellin. The company noted that the line would use the latest production technologies and achieve high environmental and quality standards. The department of Antioquia is a region in Colombia that is expected to see an increase in cement demand resulting from continued economic growth as well as planned investments in infrastructure.
In addition to engineering services, project management and commissioning, all major processing machines are included. The pyro-processing line consists of an FRM mill for raw grinding, an ATOX coal mill, five-stage ILC preheater with a Low-NOx calciner, an FLSmidth cross-bar cooler and a two-pier kiln. Pfister weighing and dosing systems, MAAG gear reducers, gas analysers and all Airtech process filters are also included.
"Colombia has experienced strong economic growth and is expected to see an increase in cement demand," said president of the Cement Division, Per Mejnert Kristensen. "FLSmidth has a strong local presence in the country, including a regional office and a local service unit, so we are ready to serve the market."
Costa Rica: Cemex, has announced that its subsidiary, Cemex Latam Holdings, will invest US$35m over the next three years to increase the capacity of its plant in Colorado, Costa Rica. The news comes only a few days after the firm announced the resumption of a capacity upgrade at its Tepeaca plant in Mexico.
The project in Costa Rica will increase cement production capacity at the Colorado plant by about 25% and also includes construction of a new grinding mill. By 2017, the plant will have the capacity to produce 1.1Mt/yr of cement.
"We are confident that infrastructure projects will continue driving demand for building materials over the medium-term," said Alejandro Ramirez, director of Cemex Latam Holdings in Costa Rica.