Mexico: Cemex’s net sales grew by 8% year-on-year to US$15.6bn in 2022 from US$14.4bn in 2021. Its operating earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell by 6% to US$2.68bn from US$2.84bn. Cement sales volumes decreased by 5% to 63.4Mt and ready-mix concrete sales rose by 2% to 50.1Mm3. However, the building materials producer reported a loss of US$99m in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to a profit of US$195m in the same period in 2021. It attributed this to an impairment for goodwill and fixed assets.
Fernando A González, the chief executive officer of Cemex, said “2022 was a year of unique challenges as inflation spiked to 40-year highs, but I am pleased by how we responded and expect to continue to see the benefits of our strategy play out in 2023.” He added, “Importantly, after several quarters in which we have been able to offset inflation in dollar terms, I am seeing growing evidence that actual margin recovery is underway.”
By region, net sales increased in Mexico but operating EBITDA fell. In the US sales grew but earnings were flat. In Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia sales rose and earnings increased on a like-for-like basis. In South, Central American and the Caribbean sales grew but earnings fell.
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