Lafarge doubles its market position in the growing Brazilian market following the divestment of its stake in Cimpor (Portugal).
The Group's well balanced portfolio will benefit in 2010 from the increase in world cement demand.
First-Quarter Key Figures
- Sales down 10% to €3,276m (-8% like for like)
- Current operating income down 30% to €236m
- Current operating income margin down 200 basis points to 7.2%
- Net income Group share increased to €64m including €137m net capital gain on disposal of Cimpor investment
- Net earnings per share increased to €0.22 including €0.48 gain on disposal of Cimpor investment
- Free cash flow improved €167m
- First quarter results reflect seasonality, traditionally leading to low net results, and historically have not been indicative of activity in other quarters or the full year
- Very poor weather and the lower economic activity in developed countries and Eastern Europe negatively impacted volumes and margins
- Earnings stabilizing in Aggregates and Concrete
- Disposal of the investment interest in Cimpor in exchange for cement assets in Brazil, the fastest growing market in Latin America, to be received in the third quarter 2010
- Cost savings on target, achieving more than €50 million in structural savings for the quarter
- Free cash flow improved, helped by strong working capital actions and lower capital expenditures
Overall, the Group maintains its previous estimate that cement volumes in its markets will increase between 0 to 5 percent in 2010 as compared to 2009. We expect demand to start to recover in developed countries during the second half of the year with emerging markets showing strength overall. Pricing is expected to remain solid for the year, despite lower prices in a certain number of markets. Overall energy costs are forecasted to be stable on a full year basis.
The Board of Directors of Lafarge, chaired by Bruno Lafont, met on May 4, 2010 to approve the accounts for the period ended March 31, 2010.
Consolidated accounts as of March 31, 2010
|Current operating income||335||236||-30%|
|Operating margin (%)||9.2%||7.2%||-200 bp|
|Net income / (loss) group share||(17)||64||nm|
|Earnings per share (€)||(0.08)||0.22||nm|
|Free cash flow||(253)||(86)||+66%|
|Group net debt||17,680||14,582||-18%|
Current operating income as of March 31, 2010
|Aggregates & Concrete||(64)||(72)||nm|
Highlights by business
- Sales were down 8%, primarily resulting from the impact of adverse weather conditions in both developed and emerging markets along with the continued lower economic activity in North America, Western Europe, and Central and Eastern Europe.
- Current operating income was down 22%, driven by lower volumes.
- Pricing remained solid overall with most prices remaining firm or increasing compared to fourth quarter 2009 prices.
- Strong impact of the cost reduction program in all regions.
Aggregates & Concrete
- Sales were down 16%, impacted by adverse weather and difficult market conditions in Europe and North America.
- Current operating loss of €72 million reflected the large presence in developed markets where volumes declined and results are traditionally lower due to seasonality.
- Despite volume declines, results stabilized compared to last year thanks to strong cost reduction measures.
- Sales were down 1% as volumes stabilized but prices were lower compared to last year first quarter.
- Current operating income declined €7 million as compared to last year.
- Strong impact of the cost reduction program in all regions.
Investments and divestments
- Investments totaled €384 million in 2010, compared to €424 million in 2009.
- Sustaining capital expenditures decreased by 40% to €45 million in 2010.
- Internal development capital expenditures were about stable at €317 million in 2010.
- Acquisitions were €22 million in 2010, slightly lower than last year.
- During the quarter, Lafarge achieved divestments of €36 million.
There will be an analyst conference call at 9:00 CET, on May 5, 2010 hosted by Jean-Jacques Gauthier, Chief Financial Officer. The presentation will be made in English with slides that can be downloaded from this website.
The presentation may be followed via a live audiocast on this website as well as via teleconference:
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Notes to editors
Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With more than 78,000 employees in 78 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 15.9 billion in 2009.
In 2010 and for the sixth year in a row, Lafarge was listed in the ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World'. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.
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