Cementos Argos’ nine-months sales fall

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Colombia: Grupo Argos subsidiary Cementos Argos has reported a 13% year-on-year fall in cement sales volumes to 10.7Mt in the first nine months of 2020 from 12.3Mt in the first nine months of 2019. As a result, revenues fell by 5% to US$1.85bn from US$1.94bn, “partially netted by the price improvements in Colombia and in the US, together with the Colombian peso devaluation.” Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell by 3% to US$342m from US$353m. The company said that, “Volumes were affected by the hurricanes and intense rains in the US, together with the gradual recovery of the Colombian operations that still remain affected by the lockdowns.”

Chief executive officer (CEO) Juan Esteban Calle said, “We are proud of our company and our more than 7500 employees for their commitment and resilience navigating all the challenges generated by the Covid-19 crisis. We have been able to continue operating in a bio-safe way while significantly mitigating the impact of extended shutdowns in most of our operations and at the same time we have been taking advantage of all the opportunities that are arising from the improving market dynamics, contributing to the recovery of the economies and employment in most of our markets.”

Last modified on 18 November 2020

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