LafargeHolcim has blamed falling earnings in the first quarter of 2018 on poor weather in North America and Europe. Its recurring earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell by 7.7% on a like-for-like basis year-on-year to Euro587m from Euro678m in the same period in 2017. Its net sales rose by 3.1% to Euro4.89bn and its cement sales volumes rose by 3.2% to 47.7Mt on a like-for-like basis.
By region cement sales volumes fell on a like-for-like basis in Europe, Middle East Africa and North America. LafargeHolcim said that cement volumes were down slightly in its Middle East Africa region due to a mixed outlook in the region with ‘challenging’ conditions in key markets. In Asia Pacific it said that China and India drove its growth in sales and profits but that there was continued pressure in South East Asia.
“Though the quarter was affected by several headwinds, we expect the strength of our portfolio and the benefits of our new strategy to become increasingly visible over the full year. That makes us confident we will deliver on our 2018 targets,” said Jan Jenisch, Group Chief Executive Officer of LafargeHolcim. He added that the group was conducting its Strategy 2022 reorganisation plan.