Lafarge: Results as of September 30, 2012

  Lafarge: Results as of September 30, 2012



Business Wire

PARIS -- November 09, 2012

Regulatory News:


  *Sales up 4% to € 4,393m        *Excluding restructuring charges and
  *EBITDA up 6% to € 1,071m       one-time gain in 2011, net income group
  *Current operating income         share improved 13% to € 330m (€ 1.15 per
    up 9% to € 815m                  share)


  *Sales up 5% to € 12,007m    *Excluding asset impairment, restructuring
  *EBITDA up 7% to € 2,594m      charges, and one-time gain in 2011, net
  *Current operating income      income group share improved 14% to € 642m (€
    up 12% to € 1,837m            2.24 per share)


  *Sales increased for the quarter and year-to-date, driven by successful
    price actions across all product lines to respond to cost inflation and by
    growth in many emerging markets.
  *EBITDA and current operating income rose substantially for both periods
    presented despite a slowdown in Europe. Operations outside of Europe
    generated three-quarters of the Group’s EBITDA and rose 16% in the quarter
    and 20% year-to-date.
  *EBITDA margins improved 50 basis points in both periods presented to 24.4%
    for the quarter and 21.6% year-to-date, up 130 basis points year-to-date
    and 140 in the quarter when excluding carbon credit sales.
  *The Group achieved €290 million of cost savings through end of September,
    €120 million in the third quarter, and is on track to reach at least €400
    million for the full year.
  *Net income Group share declined due to restructuring charges, an
    impairment recorded in second quarter 2012, and a higher base comparison
    due to a one-off gain in the third quarter 2011. Excluding these items,
    net income Group share improved 14% year-to-date.
  *Net debt declined €2.1 billion from September 30, 2011 and €350 million in
    the quarter. Close to €500 million of divestments have been secured to
    date^1 and the Group remains committed to securing €1 billion of
    divestments before year-end.


“Our actions to generate sales growth and cash, reduce debt, and improve
returns, led to a fourth consecutive quarter of positive trends even in a
lower growth volume environment. These actions will accelerate as we implement
€550 million of innovation and cost savings initiatives in 2013 of our four
year, €1.75 billion additional EBITDA plan. We will also extract more out of
the potential of our assets with strict capital discipline.

Economic conditions are still challenging. We continue to be prudent on our
market outlook and we remain committed to reducing debt below €10 billion as
soon as possible in 2013.

Looking ahead, the fundamentals of our business are strong, helped by the
positive trends of global urbanization. The Group, fully focused on its core
businesses, foresees sustainable cash generating growth led by high quality
positions, a unique exposure to emerging markets, and a well balanced
portfolio of operating assets across the globe.”

^1 Of which €117miilion have been received in cash at the end of September,
with remaining proceeds being expected before year-end.


Overall the Group continues to see cement demand moving higher and maintains
its estimated market growth of between 1 to 4 percent in 2012 versus 2011.
Emerging markets continue to be the main driver of demand and Lafarge benefits
from its well balanced geographic spread of high quality assets.

We expect higher pricing for the year and that cost inflation will increase at
a lower rate than in 2011.

The Group maintains its target of reducing net debt to below €10 billion as
soon as possible for 2013. Capital expenditures will be limited initially to
€800 million in 2013. Additional divestments beyond the current €1 billion
2012 target may lead to an increase of this expenditures level.


The Board of Directors of Lafarge, chaired by Bruno Lafont, met on November 8,
2012 and approved the accounts for the period ended September 30, 2012.
Further to their limited review of the interim condensed consolidated
financial statements of Lafarge, the auditors have established a report which
is included in the interim financial report.

(€m)           THIRD QUARTER                      YEAR-TO-DATE
                              Variation                           Variation
               2012   2011   Gross   Like for   2012    2011    Gross   Like for
                                         like^(4)                              like^(4)
(million        36.6   38.2   -4%     -3%        106.3   108.8   -2%     -1%
(million        57.0   57.5   -1%     -          141.2   143.6   -2%     -2%
RMX Concrete    8.3    8.7    -5%     -          24.0    25.5    -6%     -1%
(million m3)
Sales           4,393  4,211  4%      1%         12,007  11,471  5%      3%
EBITDA ^(1)     1,071  1,006  6%      2%         2,594   2,419   7%      4%
EBITDA margin   24.4%  23.9%  +50bps            21.6%   21.1%   +50bps  
operating       815    750    9%      4%         1,837   1,641   12%     7%
Net income
Group share     319    336    -5%                332     596     -44%   
Net income
before          330    291    13%                 642     562     14%
Earnings per            €
share (€)       €1.11  1.17   -5%                 €1.16   € 2.08  -44%
Free cash       523    640    -18%                211     507     -58%
flow ^(1)
Group net                                           12,202  14,262  -14%

^(1) EBITDA is defined as the current operating income before depreciation and
amortization on tangible and intangible assets and free cash flow is the net
cash generated or used in continuing operating activities less sustaining
capital expenditures. They are both non-GAAP financial measures.

^(2) Net income group share includes pre-tax restructuring charges of €16m and
€4m for third quarter 2012 and 2011, respectively, and impairment of Greek
assets and restructuring charges of €364m and €20m for year-to-date 2012 and
2011, respectively, and one time gain in third quarter 2011 of €48m.

^(3) Basic average number of shares outstanding of 287.1 million and 286.8
million for third quarter 2012 and 2011, respectively, and 287.1 million and
286.3 million year-to-date 2012 and 2011, respectively

^(4) At constant scope and exchange rates.


(€m)                    THIRD QUARTER              YEAR-TO-DATE
                        2012   2011   Variation   2012   2011   Variation
North America            264    233    13%         383    291    32%
Western Europe           159    177    -10%        438    522    -16%
Central & Eastern        128    155    -17%        214    273    -22%
Middle East & Africa     299    293    2%          942    865    9%
Latin America            82     65     26%         211    180    17%
Asia                     139    83     67%         406    288    41%
TOTAL                    1,071  1,006  6%          2,594  2,419  7%

^1) EBITDA is defined as the current operating income before depreciation and
amortization on tangible and intangible assets and is a non-GAAP financial


Sales volumes for cement, aggregates and concrete declined in the quarter and
year-to-date, affected by the construction slowdown in Europe and unfavorable
third quarter weather conditions in the central United States.

Despite volume declines, consolidated sales moved higher, up 4% in the quarter
and up 5% year-to-date, supported by successful price actions to respond to
cost inflation across all of our product lines, higher cement volumes in Latin
America and Asia, and favorable foreign exchange.

EBITDA improved 6% for the quarter and 7% year-to-date. EBITDA increases in
Middle East & Africa, Latin America, Asia, and North America supported this
growth and were helped by favorable foreign exchange. Declines occurred in
Western and Central & Eastern Europe due to the impact of poor weather
conditions in the early part of the year, €88 million of lower proceeds from
the sale of carbon credits year-to-date compared to last year, and a
challenging economic environment. Overall, cost reduction actions contributed
€290 million to the year-to-date results.

Net income Group share declined due to restructuring charges, an impairment
recorded in second quarter 2012, and a higher base comparison due to a one-off
gain in the third quarter 2011. Excluding these items, net income Group share
improved 14% year-to-date.

Net debt declined by €2.1 billion relative to September 2011, down €350
million in the quarter, and moved slightly higher compared to year-end 2011
due to normal seasonal working capital needs.


Investments totaled €490 million for year-to-date 2012, down from €892 million
in the same period 2011.

  *Sustaining capital expenditures declined to €182 million versus €216
    million in 2011.
  *Internal development capital expenditures and acquisitions declined to
    €308 million year-to-date 2012 from €676 million in the same period 2011.

Lafarge received €117 million in cash for divestments through September 2012,
including sales of minority stakes. Close to €500 million of divestments have
been secured to date.

As of September 30, 2012, the Group had €3.4 billion in undrawn committed
credit lines, with an average maturity of 2.3 years, in addition to € 3.4
billion of cash on hand. Liquidity was further improved in July through the
issuance of €675 million mid-term bonds with no financial covenants and rates
below 6 percent.


The analyst presentation of results and the interim financial report,
including the interim management report, the interim condensed consolidated
financial statements and the notes are available on the Lafarge Website:

Practical information:

There will be an analyst conference call at 9:00 CET, on November 9, 2012. The
presentation will be made in English with slides that can be downloaded from
the Lafarge website (

The presentation may be followed via an audiocast on the Lafarge website or
via teleconference:
- French dial in number: +33(0)1 70 99 43 01
- International dial in number: +44(0)20 3450 9987
- US dial in number: +1212 444 0896

Please note that in addition to the audiocast replay, a conference call
playback will be available from November 9^th, 2012 at 12:00 noon Paris time,
to November 17^th, 2012 at midnight Paris time at the following numbers:
- Playback France: +33 (0)1 74 20 28 00 (pin code: 5354759)
- Playback International: +44 (0)20 3427 0598 (pin code: 5354759)
- Playback US: +1 347 366 9565 (pin code: 5354759)

Lafarge’s next financial publication – Full Year 2012 results – will be on
February 20^th, 2013
(before the NYSE Euronext Paris stock market opens).


Located in 64 countries with 68,000 employees, Lafarge is a world leader in
building materials, with top-ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates &
Concrete businesses. In 2011, Lafarge posted sales of 15.3billion euros.

Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability
World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark, in recognition of its
sustainable development actions. With the world’s leading building materials
research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities,
working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

Additional information is available on the Website at

Important disclaimer - forward-looking statements:

This document contains forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking
statements do not constitute forecasts regarding results or any other
performance indicator, but rather trends or targets, as the case may be,
including with respect to plans, initiatives, events, products, solutions and
services, their development and potential. Although Lafarge believes that the
expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on
reasonable assumptions as at the time of publishing this document, investors
are cautioned that these statements are not guarantees of future performance.
Actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements as a
result of a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to
predict and generally beyond the control of Lafarge, including but not limited
to the risks described in the Lafarge’s annual report available on its
Internet website ( and uncertainties related to the market
conditions and the implementation of our plans. Accordingly, we caution you
against relying on forward looking statements. Lafarge does not undertake to
provide updates of these forward-looking statements.

More comprehensive information about Lafarge may be obtained on its Internet
website (, including under “Regulated Information” section.

This document does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an
offer to buy Lafarge shares.


Caroline Ryan: + 33(0) 1 44 34 92 51
Mélanie Coviaux: +33(0) 1 44 34 18 18
Caroline Winkler: + 33(0) 1 44 34 11 70
Stéphanie Billet: +33 (0) 1 44 34 93 71
Danièle Daouphars: +33 (0) 1 44 34 11 51
Laurence Le Gouguec: +33 (0) 1 44 34 94 59
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.