Mexico: Cemex has reported rises in its net sales for both the fourth quarter of 2011 and the full year. Geographically this increase for the fourth quarter was due to higher volume and prices in local-currency terms in the United States, northern Europe and Latin America regions. Sales were flat in Mexico, the Mediterranean region and Asia.
For the group as a whole consolidated net sales increased by 6% during the fourth quarter of 2011 to approximately US$3.7bn and increased by 8% for the full year to US$15.1bn versus the comparable periods in 2010. Operating earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 13% during the fourth quarter of 2011 to US$542m and increased by 1% for the full year to US$2.3bn versus 2010. The infrastructure and residential sectors were the main drivers of demand in most of its markets.
Fernando A Gonzalez, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, said, "This is the fifth consecutive quarter of top-line growth in our results. We are particularly pleased with the quarterly performance of our operations in northern Europe; the South, Central America and Caribbean region; and the United States. Regarding our full-year results, we saw net sales and operating EBITDA growing for the first time in four years."
Net sales in the company's operations in Mexico decreased 9% in the fourth quarter of 2011 to US$818m, compared with US$902m in the fourth quarter of 2010. Operating EBITDA increased by 7% to US$307m versus the same period of 2010.
Cemex's operations in the United States reported net sales of US$682m in the fourth quarter of 2011, up by 19% from the same period in 2010. In northern Europe, net sales increased by 16% to US$1.1bn, compared with US$950m in the fourth quarter of 2010. In the Mediterranean region sales were US$385m, 14% lower versus those in the comparable period of 2010. South, Central America and the Caribbean reported net sales were US$447m during the fourth quarter of 2011, representing an increase of 22% over the same period of 2010.
In Asia net sales were flat reaching US$124m.