Colombia: Cementos Argos’ net profit up 58.8% in 2014

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Updated Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:07:30 GMT

Cementos Argos' net profit rose by 58.8% in 2014 compared to 2013 due to an increase in domestic sales and sales in the US, which are expected to continue in 2015. Profit was up to US$145m compared to US$73.7m in 2013.

"In our opinion, 2015 will be a year when construction and demand for cement will maintain their positive dynamic," said CEO Jose Alberto Velez. He highlighted Colombian government spending on public housing and highways. "We project that volumes will grow by a high rate in infrastructure and a medium rate in housing."

For its US division, Cementos Argos is 'very optimistic' and anticipates doubling 2014's US$68m in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA). Velez said the company estimates EBITDA in the region will reach US$120 – 130m in 2015. Operating income was up by 16.8% to US$2.9bn in 2014, while total EBITDA was up by 8.4% to US$534m. Cement sales were up by 8% in 2014 to 12.5Mt. In 2014 Cementos Argos made acquisitions valued at US$785m and invested US$230m in expansion and modernisation.