Titan turnover continues to rise in first half of 2016

Byjirong

Updated Mon, 01 Aug 2016 14:07:35 GMT

Greece: Titan’s turnover has risen by 7.6% year-on-year to Euro724m in the first half of 2016 from Euro673m in the same period in 2015. Its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 13.5% to Euro120m from Euro105m. However, its net profit fell by 62% to Euro9.2m from Euro24.2m for the half-year period. The construction materials company benefited from growth in the US and Egypt but currency exchange rates, particularly in Egypt, hit its profits.

In the US Titan reported that sales revenue increased by 18.8% to Euro373m despite a long second quarter maintenance period at its Pennsuco cement plant in Florida. Turnover in Greece and Western Europe fell by 9.1% to Euro133.4m. In South-eastern Europe it rose by 6.7% to Euro97m. In Egypt turnover rose by 11.7% in local currency terms but fell by 0.6% in Euros to Euro121m. the group noted that in this country group plant production levels have reverted to levels similar of the pre-fuel crisis years. Coal mills have been implemented on both production lines at the Beni Suef plant since the end of March 2016 to reduce costs. Similar work at the Alexandria plant is on-going and will be completed by the end of 2016.

The group expects growth in the US to drive growth and profit for Titan in 2016 as a whole with support from an improved market in Egypt.