CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. ("CEMEX") (NYSE: CX), announced that consolidated net sales increased by 5% during the third quarter of 2011 to approximately U.S.$3.9 billion versus the comparable period in 2010. Operating EBITDA increased by 1% during the third quarter of 2011 to U.S.$658 million versus the same period in 2010.

CEMEX's Consolidated Third-Quarter 2011 Financial and Operational Highlights

  • The increase in consolidated net sales was due to higher sales mainly from our operations in Northern Europe, South/Central America and the Caribbean, and the United States.
  • The infrastructure and residential sectors were the main drivers of demand in most of our markets.
  • Free cash flow after maintenance capital expenditures for the quarter was U.S.$263 million, compared with U.S.$250 million in the same quarter of 2010.
  • Operating income in the third quarter increased by 7%, to U.S.$305 million, from the comparable period in 2010.

Fernando A. González, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, said: "This is the fourth consecutive quarter of top-line growth in our results. We also saw stable consolidated pricing on a quarter-on-quarter basis in local-currency terms. We are particularly pleased with the quarterly performance of our operations in the Northern Europe and the South, Central American and Caribbean regions.

We have raised U.S.$80 million in asset sales during the first nine months of this year and expect to raise an additional U.S.$100 to U.S.$200 million during the fourth quarter. We estimate total proceeds from asset sales will reach U.S.$1 billion by the end of 2012.We also continue to be confident in our ability to meet all of our financial obligations. We have also prepaid all of maturities under our Financial Agreement until December 2013 and proactively bolstered our liquidity needs."

Consolidated Corporate Results

During the third quarter of 2011, the controlling interest net loss was primarily driven by material adverse changes in the currency and equity markets. Of the U.S.$732 million year-over-year difference in controlling interest net loss, about 70% is non cash. In addition, about 85% of this difference is explained by two lines in the income statement:

  • A foreign exchange loss, which during the quarter was U.S.$217 million and due mainly to the depreciation of the Euro and the Mexican peso versus the U.S. dollar. Most of these losses are non-cash and are related primarily to intercompany operations; and
  • A loss on financial instruments of U.S.$339 million during the quarter, related mainly to equity derivatives on CEMEX shares, and half of which is also non cash.

Geographical Markets Third Quarter 2011 Highlights

Net sales in our operations in Mexico decreased 1% in the third quarter of 2011 to U.S.$856 million, compared with U.S.$868 million in the third quarter of 2010. Operating EBITDA of U.S.$285 million was flat versus the same period of last year.

CEMEX's operations in the United States reported net sales of U.S.$713 million in the third quarter of 2011, up 4% from the same period in 2010. Operating EBITDA was a loss of U.S.$10 million in the quarter.

In Northern Europe, net sales for the third quarter of 2011 increased 9% to U.S.$1.30 billion, compared with U.S.$1.19 billion in the third quarter of 2010. Operating EBITDA was U.S.$170 million for the quarter, 13% higher than the same period last year.

Third-quarter net sales in the Mediterranean region were U.S.$424 million, 5% lower compared with U.S.$448 million during the third quarter of 2010. Operating EBITDA decreased 28% to U.S.$104 million for the quarter versus the comparable period in 2010.

CEMEX's operations in South/Central America and the Caribbean reported net sales of U.S.$453 million during the third quarter of 2011, representing an increase of 24% over the same period of 2010. Operating EBITDA increased 33% to U.S.$144 million in the third quarter of 2011, from U.S.$108 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Operations in Asia reported a 5% increase in net sales for the third quarter of 2011, to U.S.$130 million, versus the third quarter of 2010, and operating EBITDA for the quarter was U.S.$20 million, down 32% from the same period last year.

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