CHIHUAHUA, Mexico, April 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: GCC*), a leading supplier and producer of cement and concrete in the United States, Mexico and Canada, today announced its results for the first quarter 2020.
Q1 2020 HIGHLIGHTS
- U.S. cement and ready mix volumes increased 12.5% and 21.2% respectively
- Consolidated net sales increased 11%, to US$ 181.4 million
- EBITDA increased 18.4% to US$ 45.3 million, with a 25% EBITDA margin; a 1.6 percentage points point increase
- Free cash flow totaled US$ 11.1 million, with a conversion rate from EBITDA of 25%
- Net leverage (net debt/EBITDA) ratio stood at 1.12x as of March 2020
- Earnings per share increased 321.6% year-on-year, to US$ 0.0495
KEY FIGURES (millions of dollars)
|Q1-20||Q1-19||Q1-20 vs. Q1-19|
|Operating income before other expenses, net||20.6||11.0||87.3%|
|Free cash flow**||11.1||(22.4)||n.m.|
|Earnings per share (US$)***||0.0495||0.0117||321.6%|
*EBITDA: operating income before other expenses + depreciation and amortization.
**Free cash flow before expansion CapEx.
***Earnings per share calculated based on average number of outstanding shares during the quarter
Enrique Escalante, GCC’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are undergoing an unprecedented health crisis that has impacted the global community and the economies across the world. In these challenging times, health and safety of our employees is our top priority, and we have reacted rapidly taking the necessary measures to protect the well-being of them and their families while mitigating the financial impacts in our business.
Both our divisions delivered strong results in the first quarter of the year, as the economic impacts of the pandemic weren’t fully realized until late in the quarter. All of our operations are running at a steady pace, but we do expect an impact on our results in the quarters ahead."
Mr. Escalante continued, “We are entering this crisis from a position of strength; we have built a strong a resilient business over the years, and while we cannot predict the length and severity of this pandemic, nor the impact in the overall macro environment, we have been through downturns before and we are confident that we will successfully navigate today’s challenges as we have done in the past.”
Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, S.A.B. de C.V. will host its earnings conference call on April 29, 2020.
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GCC is a leading supplier and producer of cement, concrete, aggregates and construction‐related services in the United States, Mexico and Canada, with an annual cement production capacity of 5.85 million metric tons.
Founded in 1941, the Company’s shares are listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GCC*.
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