Denmark: FLSmidth has increased the sales from its cement division despite ‘challenging’ marketing conditions. Its revenue grew by 3% year-on-year to Euro1.13bn in 2019 from Euro1.10bn in 2018. Its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 28% to Euro65m from Euro51m. It achieved this despite its order intake falling by 16% to Euro1bn from Euro1.19bn. It attributed its revenue increase to high order backlog conversion and positive currency exchange effects. Internal efficiency measures and a ‘selective’ approach to large projects were also said to have helped.
“We were pleased to see that the financial performance of our Cement business showed a positive development despite challenging market conditions,” said FLSmidth Group chief executive officer (CEO) Thomas Schulz. He added that sustainability and digitalisation would be key differentiators in the coming years and that the engineering company was ‘well-positioned’ in both areas.