Colombia: Grupo Argos subsidiary Cementos Argos increased its consolidated net sales by 6% year-on-year to US$618m in the first quarter of 2021 from US$582m in the first quarter of 2020. Cement sales over the period rose by 19% to 4.1Mt from 3.5Mt. The company’s earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 30% to US$119m from US$91.5m. Its net profit was US$14.7m, compared to US$1.07m in the first quarter of 2021.
The company recorded increased cement volumes in all regions during the quarter. The sharpest regional increase was of 21%, to 1.4Mt from 1.2Mt in the Caribbean and Central America Region. In Colombia, volumes increased by 19% to 1.2Mt from 1.0Mt and net sales increased by 15% to US$161m from US$139m.
Chief executive officer Juan Esteban Calle said, “We are mindful of the social and economic challenges that Colombia is facing after more than 4m people fell below the poverty line as a consequence of the economic impact of the pandemic. We consider ourselves part of the solution and will continue working to build a better country with our optimism intact.”
The company also updated its climate change strategy in line with its target of carbon neutral concrete by 2050.