Zimbabwe: Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe has reported a loss after tax of US$1.97m year-on-year in 2015. The company blamed it on a sub-optimal portfolio and price mix despite sales volumes growth. Its revenue grew by 2% to US$61.6m from US$60.5m and its cement sales volumes grew by 5%, according to the Herald newspaper.
The subsidiary of LafargeHolcim said that sales volumes were aided by its strategy of targeting distribution better supported by improvements in the local market. However, it added that sellers’ demand for discounts when buying in bulk have adversely affected cement prices. The cement producer expects prices to stay low in 2016 but it will aim for increased profits by cutting operational costs and increasing marketing.