Colombia: Cementos Argos’ sales of cement declined by 3.4% year-on-year to 11.9Mt during the first nine months of 2023, from 12.3Mt in the first nine months of 2022. Volumes dropped by 0.9% to 4.61Mt in the US, by 3.6% to 4.35Mt in Colombia and by 6.6% to 2.97Mt in Central America and the Caribbean. Nonetheless, its revenues rose by 16% year-on-year, to US$2.47bn from US$2.14bn. This resulted in earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of US$506m, up by 37% year-on-year.
For the full year 2023, Cementos Argos raised its EBITDA forecast to US$617 – 630m, compared to a previous forecast of US$580 – 605m. It expects to invest US$200 – 220m in capital expenditure throughout the year – US$90 – 99m of it on the construction of new capacity.