Greece: Titan reports profit in 2014

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Updated Mon, 09 Mar 2015 11:57:16 GMT

Titan Group has reported a return to profit in 2014 after two loss-making years. The Greece-based cement producer has reported a profit before tax of Euro46.8m up from a loss of Euor9.4 in 2013. Turnover rose by 2.7% to Euro1.16bn from Euro1.13bn. However, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell by 2.6% to Euro182m from Euro168m. Titan attributed the turnaround to continuing recovery in the US, improvement in the Greek market and better performance in Turkey and Southeastern Europe. Despite this, gas shortages in Egypt hit results negatively.

By region, Titan Group saw demand for building materials in Greece grow in 2014 due to low levels in 2013 and the re-launch of a road building campaign. The company reported that utilisation rates at its cement plants in Greece depend on exports to countries with low energy costs and no constraints on carbon dioxide emissions. Total turnover for the Group's Greece and Western Europe region in 2014 increased by 14% to Euro285m. In Southeastern Europe construction activity remained subdued. Turnover fell by 3.5% to Euro208m in 2014.

The US led turnover, supplying over one-third of the Group's total turnover. Sales were led by high growth rates in Florida. Turnover rose by 14% to Euro469m in 2014. In Egypt cement demand grew by 2.4% in 2014 but gas shortages and permit application delays for alternative fuels reduced production and shrunk plant utilisation rates below 50%. Turnover fell by 22% to Euro197m although imports helped cushion profit margins.

Development activities in 2014 saw an investment in solid and alternative fuels particularly in Egypt. The first solid fuels grinding mill was brought on stream at the Beni Suef cement plant at the end of 2014.