Loma Negra’s sales fall while profit rises in first nine months of 2020

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Argentina: InterCement subsidiary Loma Negra’s nine-month net sales for the period ending 30 September 2020 were US$321m, down by 23% year-on-year from US$416m. Its net profit doubled to US$95.3m from US$44.9m.

Chief executive officer (CEO) Sergio Faifman said, “We feel very satisfied with the robust position with which we concluded the third quarter of 2020. We have improved our operational results with margins expansion on the back of a continuing sales volume improvement coupled with effective cost and price management.

Faifman continued, “additionally, we seamlessly executed the sale of our Paraguayan operation, an excellent deal in terms of value generation and timing. We optimised the proceeds from the transaction, creating value for our shareholders and, at the time, strengthening our already robust financial situation.” He added, “In the quarter, cement demand in Argentina continues to operate at two speeds. On one side, our bagged cement segment has taken a strong recovery path of 18% year-on-year business growth, mostly due to household and retail demand. By contrast, the bulk cement segment, as well as concrete and aggregates, are still affected by the very low levels of larger private and public works, the execution of which is still hampered by the coronavirus lockdown and its effects.”

The company said that its L’Amali cement plant upgrade – a “key element of our long-term strategy” – is on track, but that uncertainties around the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak meant that the new line would not necessarily be commissioned when scheduled in early 2021.

Last modified on 18 November 2020

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