Cemex Holdings Philippines, Inc. (“CHP”) (PSE: CHP), announced today that consolidated net sales decreased by 22%, reaching PhP 9.6 billion during the first six months of 2020, versus the comparable period in 2019. Sales decreased by 35% year-over-year in the second quarter, reaching about PhP 4.0 billion.
Domestic cement volumes decreased by 17% during the first half of 2020 versus the same period in 2019. For the quarter, domestic cement volumes declined by 31% year-over-year. CHP’s domestic cement prices during the second quarter and first half of the 2020 were 6% lower year-over-year, reflecting declines during the second half of 2019.
Operating EBITDA during the first six months of 2020 was at PhP 1.8 billion, a decrease of 22% versus the same period in 2019.
Operating EBITDA margin was flat year-over-year at 19% for the first half of 2020, impacted by lower volumes and prices, which were partially offset by cost reduction initiatives and lower absolute distribution expenses.
Net income was at PhP 135 million for the first six months of 2020 versus PhP 802 million in the same period last year. Operating earnings were adversely affected by lower activity due to COVID-19 quarantine measures.
Ignacio Mijares, CHP President and CEO, said: “The second quarter was very challenging for our company, with our volumes adversely impacted by quarantine measures nationwide. But we have seen construction activity gradually return with the easing of restrictions, starting the second half of May.
We remain committed to supplying the Philippines with high quality cement to build the country for many years to come. By acting safely always, working together as one team, and focusing on the tasks at hand, I am encouraged that we will be able to surmount the challenges that lie ahead.”
On June 30, CHP reached an agreement with BDO Unibank, Inc. amending the Term Loan Facility Agreement dated February 1, 2017, entered into by and between CHP, as the Borrower, and BDO Unibank, Inc., as the Lender, so that CHP is required to comply with certain financial covenants commencing on June 30, 2021. No other new or revised terms and conditions to the Facility Agreement were made.