Loma Negra Reports 2Q22 Results

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Loma Negra, (NYSE: LOMA; BYMA: LOMA), (“Loma Negra” or the “Company”), the leading cement producer in Argentina, today announced results for the three-month period ended June 30, 2022 (our “2Q22 Results”).

2Q22 Key Highlights

  • Net sales revenues increased by 8.0% YoY to Ps. 25,268 million (US$ 204 million), mainly explained by the increase in Cement sales, coupled with a good performance of the other segments, mainly Concrete and Aggregates.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA reached Ps. 7,328 million (US$ 63 million), increasing 2.6% YoY.
  • The Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA margin contracted 151 basis points YoY from 30.5% to 29.0%.
  • Net Profit of Ps. 2,413 million, showing an increase of Ps. 4,488 million versus the same period of the previous year, mainly explained by a better operating result and a lower tax burden due to the increase in the income tax rate that affected 2Q21.
  • During the quarter, we granted a dividend payment of Ps. 5,150 million, Ps. 8.80 per outstanding share (Ps. 43.99 per ADR).
  • Net Debt /LTM Adjusted EBITDA ratio of 0.01x compared with -0.12x in FY21.

The Company has presented certain financial figures, Table 1b and Table 11, in U.S. dollars and Pesos without giving effect to IAS 29. The Company has prepared all other financial information herein by applying IAS 29.

Commenting on the financial and operating performance for the second quarter of 2022, Sergio Faifman, Loma Negra’s Chief Executive Officer, noted: “We are pleased to present another quarter with excellent results, mainly based on our cement business. Demand is going through a very solid moment that made this the best second quarter in history for the cement market, also marking a maximum for the first six months of 2022. This year we are on track to set a new historical dispatch record.

At this auspicious moment for the industry, LOMA once again shows an excellent performance, at this auspicious moment for the industry, LOMA once again shows an excellent performance, demonstrating its operational capacity and flexibility, largely as a result of the recent investments in capacity, to efficiently face complex circumstances such as the global energy crisis or the prevailing uncertainty in the Argentine economy. Loma maintains its focus on results, which has allowed us to achieve high profitability standards, achieving a record EBITDA of 63 million dollars for a second quarter, reaching 36.5 dollars per ton.

Likewise, after having completed the second line of L’Amalí Plant, and as a way of allocating our cash generation, this year we decided to resume dividend payments, seeking to maximize value for shareholders. In this sense, to the dividends payment made in April of this year, we added a second dividend distribution in June of 81 million dollars, leveraged on the Company’s solid balance sheet, totalizing 126 million dollars for the year.

As always, I would like to thank everyone who forms the LOMA team, who with their effort and dedication make these results possible, always with the support of our customers, suppliers, and the communities where we responsibly operate”

 

Table 1: Financial Highlights

(amounts expressed in millions of pesos, unless otherwise noted)

 

Three-months ended
June 30,

 

Six-months ended
June 30,

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

Net revenue

25,268

23,399

8.0%

47,919

47,371

1.2%

Gross Profit

7,093

7,049

0.6%

14,651

15,738

-6.9%

Gross Profit margin

28.1%

30.1%

-205 bps

30.6%

33.2%

-265 bps

Adjusted EBITDA

7,328

7,140

2.6%

14,934

15,702

-4.9%

Adjusted EBITDA Mg.

29.0%

30.5%

-151 bps

31.2%

33.1%

-198 bps

Net Profit (Loss)

2,413

(2,075)

n/a

6,090

2,597

134.5%

Net Profit attributable to owners of the Company

2,489

(2,025)

n/a

6,206

2,707

129.2%

EPS

4.2517

(3.3967)

n/a

10.5949

4.5419

133.3%

Average outstanding shares (*)

585

596

-1.8%

586

596

-1.7%

Net Debt

305

4,073

-92.5%

305

4,073

-92.5%

Net Debt /LTM Adjusted EBITDA

0.01x

0.12x

-0.92x

0.01x

0.12x

-0.92x

(*) Net of shares repurchased

Table 1b: Financial Highlights in Ps and in U.S. dollars (figures exclude the impact of IAS 29)

In million Ps.

Three-months ended
June 30,

Six-months ended
June 30,

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

Net revenue

24,064

13,829

74.0%

42,327

26,464

59.9%

Adjusted EBITDA

7,409

4,484

65.2%

13,752

9,116

50.9%

Adjusted EBITDA Mg.

30.8%

32.4%

-163 bps

32.5%

34.4%

-196 bps

Net Profit (Loss)

6,516

4,628

40.8%

12,600

7,888

59.7%

Net Debt

305

4,073

-92.5%

305

4,073

-92.5%

Net Debt /LTM Adjusted EBITDA

0.01x

0.12x

-0.92x

0.01x

0.12x

-0.92x

 

In million US$

Three-months ended
June 30,

Six-months ended
June 30,

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

Ps./US$, av

118.03

94.09

25.4%

112.21

91.37

22.8%

Ps./US$, eop

125.22

95.73

30.8%

125.22

95.73

30.8%

Net revenue

204

147

38.7%

377

290

30.2%

Adjusted EBITDA

63

48

31.7%

123

100

22.8%

Adjusted EBITDA Mg.

30.8%

32.4%

-163 bps

32.5%

34.4%

-196 bps

Net Profit (Loss)

55

49

12.3%

112

86

30.1%

Net Debt

2

43

-94.3%

2

43

-94.3%

Net Debt /LTM Adjusted EBITDA

0.01x

0.12x

-0.92x

0.01x

0.12x

-0.92x

Overview of Operations

Sales Volumes

Table 2: Sales Volumes2

 

 

 

Three-months ended
June 30,

 

Six-months ended
June 30,

 

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

Cement, masonry & lime

MM Tn

1.67

1.40

19.3%

3.15

2.79

13.0%

Concrete

MM m3

0.15

0.12

26.3%

0.26

0.27

-3.3%

Railroad

MM Tn

1.18

1.06

11.4%

2.23

2.05

8.9%

Aggregates

MM Tn

0.32

0.20

64.7%

 

0.57

0.38

50.8%

2 Sales volumes include inter-segment sales

Sales volumes of cement, masonry, and lime during 2Q22 increased by 19.3% to 1.7 million tons, mainly leveraged by the growth of bulk cement. Sales of bagged cement maintain their trend, supported by a strong demand from the retail sector, while bulk cement continues to be the dispatch mode that is showing the highest year-on-year growth, driven by a higher level of activity in private infrastructure projects, residential and industrial, coupled with a moderate recovery in public works at the municipal and provincial levels.

Regarding the volume of the Concrete segment, it registered an increase of 26.3% YoY. The volume of concrete is showing a good performance, following the trend of bulk cement. On the other hand, Aggregates had a strong increase of 64.7% YoY sustained mainly by the improvement in production, which allowed accompanying the reactivation of the concrete sector and certain road works in the Buenos Aires area, registering a monthly dispatch record in June for that month of the year.

Likewise, the volumes of the railway segment experienced a growth of 11.4% compared to the same quarter of 2021, where the strong level of activity in the construction sector translated into a notable increase in transported volumes of stone and cement, followed by the chemical category, while there was a decrease in the transport of fracsand.

Review of Financial Results

Table 3: Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income

(amounts expressed in millions of pesos, unless otherwise noted)

 

Three-months ended
June 30,

 

Six-months ended
June 30,

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

Net revenue

25,268

23,399

8.0%

47,919

47,371

1.2%

Cost of sales

(18,175)

(16,350)

11.2%

(33,268)

(31,633)

5.2%

Gross profit

7,093

7,049

0.6%

14,651

15,738

-6.9%

Share of loss of associates

n/a

n/a

Selling and administrative expenses

(2,208)

(2,018)

9.4%

(4,350)

(3,981)

9.3%

Other gains and losses

(23)

139

n/a

12

216

-94.4%

Impairment of property, plant and equipment

n/a

n/a

Tax on debits and credits to bank accounts

(255)

(260)

-1.7%

(480)

(487)

-1.5%

Finance gain (cost), net

Gain on net monetary position

629

905

-30.5%

1,625

1,920

-15.4%

Exchange rate differences

(398)

317

n/a

(578)

355

n/a

Financial income

57

146

-60.8%

77

222

-65.3%

Financial expense

(598)

(889)

-32.8%

(1,174)

(1,762)

-33.4%

Profit (Loss) before taxes

4,298

5,389

-20.2%

9,783

12,222

-20.0%

Income tax expense

Current

(30)

(2,520)

-98.8%

(2,250)

(5,349)

-57.9%

Deferred

(1,855)

(4,944)

-62.5%

(1,443)

(4,277)

-66.3%

Net profit (Loss)

2,413

(2,075)

n/a

6,090

2,597

134.5%

Net Revenues

Net revenue increased 8.0% to Ps. 25,268 million in 2Q22, from Ps. 23,399 million in the comparable quarter last year, driven by an increase in Cement, coupled with a positive performance of the other segments.

Cement, masonry cement and lime segment was up 6.2% YoY, with volumes expanding 19.3% impacted by price dynamics.

Concrete registered an increase in its topline of 27.5% compared with 2Q21, sustained by a 26.3% increase in volume, also accompanied by an improvement in prices. The Aggregates segment recorded a strong increase in revenues of 105.2%, supported by a volume increase of 64.7% YoY combined with good price performance.

Railroad revenues increased 5.6% in 2Q22 compared to the same quarter of 2021, mainly explained by an increase in transported volumes of construction materials that compensated for lower price dynamics, in part due to the drop in the average distance transported as a result of the decrease in the transported volume of fracsand.

Cost of sales, and Gross profit

Cost of sales increased 11.2% YoY, reaching Ps. 18,175 million in 2Q22, mainly as a result of a higher volume sold and the increase in depreciation due to the impact of the new production line in L’Amalí, partially offset by the favorable evolution of unitary costs, due to operating efficiencies and where the increases in dollars of energy inputs saw their impact softened by the evolution of the exchange rate.

Gross Profit remained stable, registering a slight improvement of 0.6% YoY to Ps. 7,093 million in 2Q22, from Ps. 7,049 million in 2Q21, with a gross profit margin that contracted 205 basis points YoY to 28.1%.

Selling and Administrative Expenses

Selling and administrative expenses (SG&A) in 2Q22 increased by 9.4% YoY to Ps. 2,208 million, from Ps. 2,018 million in 2Q21, mainly as a result of higher expenses in salaries, freight and insurances compared to the previous year. As a percentage of sales, SG&A showed a slight increase against 2Q21 of 11 basis points, reaching 9.5%.

Adjusted EBITDA & Margin

Table 4: Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation & Margin

(amounts expressed in millions of pesos, unless otherwise noted)

 

Three-months ended
June 30,

 

Six-months ended
June 30,

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation:

Net profit (Loss)

2,413

(2,075)

n/a

6,090

2,597

134.5%

(+) Depreciation and amortization

2,465

1,970

25.1%

4,621

3,729

23.9%

(+) Tax on debits and credits to bank accounts

255

260

-1.7%

480

487

-1.5%

(+) Income tax expense

1,884

7,464

-74.8%

3,693

9,625

-61.6%

(+) Financial interest, net

387

689

-43.8%

808

1,373

-41.2%

(+) Exchange rate differences, net

398

(317)

n/a

578

(355)

n/a

(+) Other financial expenses, net

154

55

179.3%

289

167

73.3%

(+) Gain on net monetary position

(629)

(905)

-30.5%

(1,625)

(1,920)

-15.4%

(+) Share of profit (loss) of associates

n/a

n/a

(+) Impairment of property, plant and equipment

n/a

n/a

Adjusted EBITDA

7,328

7,140

2.6%

14,934

15,702

-4.9%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

29.0%

30.5%

-151 bps

31.2%

33.1%

-198 bps

Adjusted EBITDA increased 2.6% YoY in the second quarter of 2022 to Ps. 7,328 million from 7,140 in the same period of the previous year driven by our cement business and accompanied by improvements in Concrete and Aggregates.

Likewise, the Adjusted EBITDA margin contracted 151 basis points to 29.0% compared to 30.5% in 2Q21, mainly due to the compression of the cement margin and the higher incidence of other businesses with lower margins, due to the increase in their activity levels.

In particular, the Adjusted EBITDA margin of the Cement, Masonry and Lime segment contracted 155 bps to 32.5%, mainly due to lower price performance partially offset by favorable cost management and higher operating leverage.

Concrete Adjusted EBITDA margin showed a significant improvement of 371 bps, but still remaining in negative figures, reaching -3.1%, from a negative margin of 6.8% in 2Q21, supported by a volume recovery and higher efficiencies operational.

The Adjusted EBITDA margin of Aggregates stood at 9.7%, showing an improvement of 203 basis points compared to 2Q21, due to a strong recovery in revenues due to the increase in sales volumes and the positive performance of the price.

The Adjusted EBITDA margin of Aggregates stood at 9.7%, showing an improvement of 203 basis points compared to 2Q21, due to a strong recovery in revenues caused by an increase in sales volumes and the positive performance of the price.

Finally, the Adjusted EBITDA margin of the Railroad segment decreased 144 bps to 3.4% in the second quarter, from 4.9%, where the improvement in the transported volumes did not manage to compensate the negative performance of the price, mainly affected by the reduction in the average transported distance due to changes in the mix of transported products.

Finance Costs-Net

Table 5: Finance Gain (Cost), net

(amounts expressed in millions of pesos, unless otherwise noted)

 

 

Three-months ended
June 30,

 

Six-months ended
June 30,

 

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

 

2022

2021

% Chg.

Exchange rate differences

(398)

317

n/a

(578)

355

n/a

Financial income

57

146

-60.8%

77

222

-65.3%

Financial expense

(598)

(889)

-32.8%

(1,174)

(1,762)

-33.4%

Gain on net monetary position

629

905

-30.5%

1,625

1,920

-15.4%

Total Finance Gain (Cost), Net

 

(310)

479

n/a

(50)

736

n/a

During 2Q22, the Company reported a total net financial cost of Ps. 310 million compared to a total net financial income of Ps. 479 million in 2Q21, mainly explained by the effect of the variation between the mix of assets and liabilities in foreign currency and the evolution of the exchange rate and inflation, partially offset by a lower net financial cost and a lower positive effect of the result on the monetary position.

Net Profit and Net Profit Attributable to Owners of the Company

Net Profit for 2Q22 reached Ps. 2,413 million compared to a loss of Ps. 2,075 million in the same period last year, mainly due to the change in the income tax rate that strongly affected the deferred tax in 2Q21. Likewise, the current tax for 2Q22 is reduced by the effect of the amortization of the second line of the L’Amalí Plant.

Net Profit Attributable to Owners of the Company reached Ps. 2,489 million. During the quarter, the Company reported earnings per common share of Ps. 4.2517 and an ADR gain of Ps. 21.2583, compared to a loss per common share of Ps. 3.3967 and an ADR loss of Ps. 16.9837 in 2Q21.

Capitalization

Table 6: Capitalization and Debt Ratio

(amounts expressed in millions of pesos, unless otherwise noted)

 

As of June 30,

 

As of December, 31

 

2022

2021

 

2021

 

Total Debt

13,598

8,852

3,419

– Short-Term Debt

6,375

7,939

2,876

– Long-Term Debt

7,224

914

543

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments

(13,293)

(4,779)

7,177

Total Net Debt

305

4,073

(3,758)

Shareholder’s Equity

98,436

94,576

98,724

Capitalization

112,034

103,429

102,143

LTM Adjusted EBITDA

30,716

33,166

31,484

Net Debt /LTM Adjusted EBITDA

0.01x

0.12x

-0.12x

As of June 30, 2022, total Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Investments were Ps. 13,293 million compared with Ps. 4,779 million as of the June 30, 2021. Total debt at the close of the quarter stood at Ps. 13,598 million, composed by Ps. 6,375 million in short-term borrowings, including the current portion of long-term borrowings (or 46.9% of total borrowings), and Ps. 7,224 million in long-term borrowings (or 53.1% of total borrowings).

At the end of the second quarter of 2022, 57.6% (or Ps. 7,830 million) of Loma Negra’s total debt was denominated in US dollars, while 42.4% (or Ps. 5,768 million) was in Argentine pesos. The average duration of Loma Negra’s total debt was 1.2 years.

As of June 30, 2022, 59.6% of the Company’s consolidated loans accrued interest at a variable rate. The debt denominated in dollars with rates based on Libor, while the portion in Argentine pesos accrued interest at the short-term market rate. The remaining 40.4% accrues interest at a fixed rate in pesos.

The Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA (LTM) ratio increased to 0.01x as of June 30, 2022, from -0.12x as of December 31, 2021, as a result of an increase in the debt, partially compensated by our strong cash generation.

Cash Flows

Table 7: Condensed Interim Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

(amounts expressed in millions of pesos, unless otherwise noted)

 

 

Three-months ended
June 30,

Six-months ended
June 30,

 

 

2022

2021

2022

2021

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Net Profit (Loss)

 

2,413

(2,075)

6,090

2,597

Adjustments to reconcile net profit (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities

 

4,618

9,145

8,674

12,958

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

 

(5,061)

(7,115)

(10,088)

(10,270)

Net cash generated by operating activities

 

1,971

(45)

4,676

5,284

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

Proceeds from disposal of Yguazú Cementos S.A.

 

(0)

238

65

410

Property, plant and equipment, Intangible Assets, net

 

(1,099)

(2,199)

(1,839)

(4,059)

Contributions to Trust

 

(33)

(32)

(72)

(69)

Investments, net

(0)

(0)

(0)

(3,044)

Net cash (used in) investing activities

 

(1,132)

(1,993)

(1,846)

(6,762)

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

Proceeds / Repayments from borrowings, Interest paid

 

12,371

(2,861)

10,189

(3,667)

Dividends paid

(5,681)

(0)

(5,681)

Share repurchase plan

0

(838)

(714)

(1,302)

Net cash generated by (used in) by financing activities

 

6,690

(3,699)

3,793

(4,970)

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

7,528

(5,737)

6,624

(6,448)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year

 

3,537

7,936

4,501

8,992

Effect of the re-expression in homogeneous cash currency (“Inflation-Adjusted”)

(88)

(90)

(224)

(155)

Effects of the exchange rate differences on cash and cash equivalents in foreign currency

 

(78)

(207)

(2)

(486)

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

 

10,898

1,903

10,898

1,903

In 2Q22, our operating cash generation stood at Ps. 1,971 million, compared to Ps. -45 million in the same period of the previous year, reflecting a higher level of profitability and the effect of the divestment in Yguazú Cementos that impacted the income tax paid in 2Q21. During this quarter, we began to use our clinker stock, although due to the sustained demand and the availability of natural gas, we extended the operation of the kilns by adapting the maintenance plans.

During 2Q22, the Company generated cash from financing activities for Ps. 6,690 million, product of the loans taken in the quarter and the application of funds for the distribution of dividends of Ps. 5,150 million approved in April. Regarding cash used in investing activities, the Company used a total of Ps. 1,132. The completion of the L’Amalí expansion project significantly reduced the need for capital expenditure.

Recent Events

Dividends Distribution

On July 1, 2022, the board of directors approved the payment of dividends for a total amount of Ps. 10,300 million equivalents to Ps. 17.59 per outstanding share (Ps. 87.97 per ADS), through the partial allocation of funds from the Reserve for Future Dividends. As of the date of the presentation of this earnings release, the total amount of dividends was distributed.

2Q22 Earnings Conference Call

When: 11:00 a.m. U.S. ET (12:00 a.m. BAT), August 12, 2022

Dial-in: 0800-444-2930 (Argentina), 1-833-255-2824 (U.S.), 1-866-605-3852 (Canada), 1-412-902-6701 (International)

Password: Loma Negra Call

Webcast: https://event.choruscall.com/mediaframe/webcast.html?webcastid=AQO4ZTqA
Replay: A telephone replay of the conference call will be available between August 13, 2022, at 1:00 pm U.S. E.T. and ending on August 19, 2022. The replay can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (U.S. toll free), or 1-412-317-0088 (International). The passcode for the replay is 10158956. The audio of the conference call will also be archived on the Company’s website at www.lomanegra.com

Definitions

Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net profit plus financial interest, net plus income tax expense plus depreciation and amortization plus exchange rate differences plus other financial expenses, net plus tax on debits and credits to bank accounts, plus share of loss of associates, plus net Impairment of Property, plant and equipment, and less income from discontinued operation. Loma Negra believes that excluding tax on debits and credits to bank accounts from its calculation of Adjusted EBITDA is a better measure of operating performance when compared to other international players.

Net Debt is calculated as borrowings less cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities.

About Loma Negra

Founded in 1926, Loma Negra is the leading cement company in Argentina, producing and distributing cement, masonry cement, aggregates, concrete and lime, products primarily used in private and public construction. Loma Negra is a vertically-integrated cement and concrete company, with nationwide operations, supported by vast limestone reserves, strategically located plants, top-of-mind brands and established distribution channels. Loma Negra is listed both on BYMA and on NYSE in the U.S., where it trades under the symbol “LOMA”. One ADS represents five (5) common shares. For more information, visit www.lomanegra.com.

Note

The Company presented some figures converted from Pesos to U.S. dollars for comparison purposes. The exchange rate used to convert Pesos to U.S. dollars was the reference exchange rate (Communication “A” 3500) reported by the Central Bank for U.S. dollars. The information presented in U.S. dollars is for the convenience of the reader only. Certain figures included in this report have been subject to rounding adjustments. Accordingly, figures shown as totals in certain tables may not be arithmetic aggregations of the figures presented in previous quarters.

Rounding: We have made rounding adjustments to reach some of the figures included in this annual report. As a result, numerical figures shown as totals in some tables may not be an arithmetic aggregation of the figures that preceded them.

Disclaimer

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities law that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These statements are only predictions based upon our current expectations and projections about possible or assumed future results of our business, financial condition, results of operations, liquidity, plans and objectives. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “believe,” “may,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “should,” “plan,” “expect,” “predict,” “potential,” “seek,” “forecast,” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. The forward-looking statements are based on the information currently available to us. There are important factors that could cause our actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results, level of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, among others things: changes in general economic, political, governmental and business conditions globally and in Argentina, changes in inflation rates, fluctuations in the exchange rate of the peso, the level of construction generally, changes in cement demand and prices, changes in raw material and energy prices, changes in business strategy and various other factors. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe in good faith that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that future results, levels of activity, performance and events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or will occur.

Contacts

IR Contacts
Marcos I. Gradin, Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations

Diego M. Jalón, Investor Relations Manager

+54-11-4319-3050

investorrelations@lomanegra.com

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