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Holcim reports organic sales and earnings growth in first nine months of 2023 – Global Cement

Switzerland: Holcim has reported growing sales and earnings on an organic basis in first nine months of 2023. In real terms its sales declined by 10% year-on-year to US$22.7bn during the first nine months of 2023 from US$25.2bn in the first nine months of 2022. Its recurring earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) fell by 2.2% to US$4.05bn from US$4.14bn. However, sales and recurring EBIT grew by 6.2% and 14% respectively on an organic basis. The group divested businesses in India, Brazil and Russia in 2022.
Cement sales were US$11.5bn (51% of group sales), down by 20% from US$14.4bn (57% of group sales). These sales rose by 12% on an organic basis. Throughout the period, ECOPlanet low-carbon cement accounted for 19% of the company’s cement sales. It also recycled 17% more construction and demolition waste year-on-year. Group CO2 emissions per net sales fell by 43% between 2020 and 2023.
Chair and chief executive officer Jan Jenisch said “I thank all members of the Holcim family for delivering profitable growth in the third quarter of 2023 despite challenging economic conditions, marked by softer demand in some markets and foreign exchange headwinds.” He added “The third quarter of 2023 results confirm Holcim’s strong earnings profile, with broad-based growth drivers delivering another increase in profitability. This performance gives us the confidence to upgrade our 2023 guidance to an industry-leading recurring EBIT margin of above 17% for the year.” The group also upgraded its outlook for full year organic sales growth to above 6% and for organic EBIT growth to above 10%.
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