US: Eagle Materials’ sales in the nine months up to 31 December 2020 rose by 16% year-on-year to US$1.28bn from US$1.10bn. Its net earnings were US$273m, compared to a loss of US$1.54m in the first nine months of its 2020 financial year. Total cement volumes rose by 28% to 6.1Mt from 4.8Mt, and cement sales revenue rose by 35% to US$676m from US$502m.
President and chief executive officer Michael Haack praised the performance in the quarter which ended on 31 December 2020, saying, “Our cement shipments were up by 28% year-on-year, reflecting the strong performance of the recently acquired Kosmos Cement Business and the strength of our core markets. We continued to generate strong operating cash flow, which significantly improved our balance sheet and liquidity position providing us with increased financial flexibility.” He added, “As we continue to navigate the Covid-19 environment, I want to thank our team for their exceptional work under extraordinary circumstances, delivering strong results, remaining focused on the integration of Kosmos and keeping our strategic projects on schedule. We continue to closely monitor the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and their possible impact on our business in current and future periods. We also continue to enforce strict health and safety protocols to protect our employees, customers and business partners, and we will continue to manage our cash flow prudently and protect our balance sheet.”