Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. Announces Consolidated Results for Second Quarter 2015

LIMA, Peru--()--Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. and subsidiaries (NYSE:CPAC; BVL:CPACASC1) (“the Company” or “Cementos Pacasmayo”) a leading cement company serving the growing Peruvian construction industry, announced today its consolidated results for the second quarter (“2Q15”) and six months (“6M15”) ended June 30, 2015. These results have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) and are stated in nominal Peruvian Nuevos Soles (S/.).

Financial and Operational Highlights:

2Q15 Highlights

  • Consolidated EBITDA increased 6.4% to S/. 89.3 million in 2Q15 from S/. 83.9 million in 2Q14; achieving a Consolidated EBITDA margin of 32.3%, compared with 27.7% in 2Q14
  • Net income increased 8.0% to S/. 44.3 million in 2Q15 from S/. 41.0 million in 2Q14
  • Gross margin increased to 43.2% in 2Q15 from 40.4% in 2Q14, reflecting cost-cutting initiatives
  • Revenues fell 8.8%, on weaker demand from public sector
  • Piura project now in final stage of construction; cement production to begin during 3Q15

6M15 Highlights

  • Consolidated EBITDA increased 8.4% to S/. 178.5 million from S/.169.7 million in 6M14, achieving a Consolidated EBITDA margin of 31.5%, compared with 27.3% in 6M14
  • Net income increased 19.4% to S/. 96.5 million
  • Gross margin increased to 43.1% in 6M15 from 40.5% in 6M14
  • Revenues fell 6%, on weaker demand from public sector
       
Financial and Operating Results
2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15      

6M14

      % Var.
 
In millions of S/.
Sales of goods 276.5 303.3 -8.8% 567.1 603.3 -6.0%
Gross profit 119.5 122.5 -2.4% 244.6 244.2 0.2%
Operating profit 73.0 68.4 6.7% 145.4 133.7 8.7%
Net Income 44.3 41.0 8.0% 96-5 80.8 19.4%
Net income of controller 45.3 41.8 8.4% 98.5 82.4 19.5%
Consolidated adjusted EBITDA 89.3 83.9 6.4% 178.5 164.6 8.4%
Cement EBITDA* 92.4 86.5 6.8% 184.4 170.0 8.5%
Gross Margin 43.2% 40.4% 2.8 pp. 43.1% 40.5% 2.6 pp.
Operating Margin 26.4% 22.6% 3.8 pp. 25.6% 22.2% 3.4 pp.
Net Income 16.0% 13.5% 2.5 pp. 17.0% 13.4% 3.6 pp.

Net Income of Controlling Interest Margin

16.4% 13.8% 2.6 pp. 17.4% 13.7% 3.7 pp.

Consolidated EBITDA Margin

32.3% 27.7% 4.6 pp. 31.5% 27.3%

4.2 pp.

Cement EBITDA Margin 33.4% 28.5% 4.9 pp. 32.5% 28.2%

4.3 pp.

* Corresponds to EBITDA excluding the Fosfatos del Pacifico and Salmueras Sudamericanas projects which are not linked to the cement business and are currently in pre-operating stages, therefore they are not generating revenues.

Management Comments

In the second quarter, we remained focused on our strategy to be an efficient, high-margin producer of construction materials. Despite the reduced volume of cement sold, we succeeded in increasing our gross margin by 280 basis points from a year ago, while our EBITDA margin also expanded. This demonstrates the success of recent initiatives we have implemented to reduce both the cost of production and our corporate overhead. There is now meaningful operating leverage built into our production model.

This strategy can also be seen in our results for the first half of 2015. Despite lower year-on-year cement volumes, our gross margin was 43.1%, up from 40.5% in the first half of 2014, while EBITDA grew 8.4%.

Second quarter results were impacted by continued weakness in cement demand from the public sector. This led to a 9.4% reduction in cement volumes sold, and also reduced year-on-year EBITDA, excluding S/. 8.8 million of income from the sale of a real estate asset. On a positive note, the self-construction market, which accounts for more than 50% of our output, remained resilient, with stable demand compared with a year ago.

We have now entered the final phase of construction at our Piura plant, which will be Peru’s most technologically advanced cement facility. In the course of the second quarter we finished the electro mechanical setup and began the commissioning of the cement line, which includes cement grinding, packaging, transferring to pallets and loading the trucks for dispatch. We expect the US$386 million facility to begin cement production during 3Q15 and to begin clinker production by the fourth quarter, on time and on budget. The facility will reach 60% capacity by year-end, a level which we have established as the optimal capacity utilization given the current conditions in the Peruvian cement market. At that point, our operations will benefit from streamlined production and the elimination of clinker imports providing a meaningful boost to our margins going forward and we will be in a position to increase capacity utilization along with demand.

Looking ahead to the second half of 2015, independent forecasts point towards a recovery in Peruvian infrastructure spending. Local government spending improved slightly late in the quarter, and we expect this trend to continue through the second half, while the self-construction market is expected to remain at or near its current level. Based on this, we now expect full-year cement volumes to be similar to those of 2014.

We do expect to incur additional costs in the second half of the year, related to the start-up of the Piura plant. The efficiency measures we have implemented in the last 12 months mean we will be in a position to absorb these additional costs without reducing full-year margins compared to 2014.

To sum up, we believe we are well-positioned for the second half of the year, both in terms of our operations and the overall demand environment. The start-up of the Piura facility will be a landmark in the history of the Company, and we are confident about 2016 and beyond.

Economic Overview for 2Q15:

GDP growth was 2.1% in the January-May period, the most recent month where data was available, according to the National Institute of Statistics. Consensus estimates for 2015 GDP growth are at around 3.1%, compared with 2.4% in 2014, with a further acceleration in 2016.

Infrastructure spending in 2015 is expected to total $6.5 billion, a 40% increase from 2014, according to Apoyo Consultoría. A pick up in spending in the second half of the year is expected to offset a weak first six months to the year.

In an effort to stimulate the economy, the central government has recently passed measures to accelerate public spending, including infrastructure spending. These measures are specifically targeted at boosting spending at a regional level, where the election of new local governments has delayed public projects.

Nonetheless, It is important to mention that the outlook for 2016 and beyond is positive. According to JP Morgan, there is less risk in this presidential race than any of the previous ones, which should imply less political risk with reduced impact on investment.

Peruvian Cement Industry Overview:

Cement demand in Peru is mainly supplied by Cementos Pacasmayo, UNACEM and Cementos Yura. Cementos Pacasmayo primarily supplies the northern region of Peru, while UNACEM supplies the central region and Cementos Yura the southern region.

The northern region of Peru, according to the Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática (INEI) and Apoyo Consultoría, represents approximately 23% of the country’s population and 14% of national Gross Domestic Product (“GDP”). During the last 10 years, cement dispatches have grown steadily; however, despite this growth, Peru continues to have a significant housing deficit estimated at 1.9 million households throughout the country as per the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation.

In Peru, the majority of cement is sold to a highly fragmented consumer base of individuals that tend to gradually buy bags of cement to build or to improve their homes, a segment the industry refers to as “self-construction”.

   
Peruvian Cement Market

Shipments by Plant and Market Share

                                     
Northern Region (thousands of metric tons)
Apr-15
Plant 2011 2012 2013 2014 LTM % share
C. Pacasmayo 1,748 2,045 2,110 2,051 1,996 17.5%
C. Selva 196 200 240 296 296 2.6%
Imports         47       29       34       40       36       0.3%
Total 1,991 2,274 2,384 2,387 2,328 20.4%
 
 
Central Region (thousands of metric tons)
Apr-15
Plant 2011 2012 2013 2014 LTM % share
UNACEM 4,709 5,315 5,612 5,701 5,687 49.7%
Caliza Inca 104 157 288 383 381 3.3%
Imports         351       409       465       461       447       3.9%
Total 5,164 5,881 6,365 6,545 6,515 56.9%
 
 
Southern Region (thousands of metric tons)
Apr-15
Plant 2011 2012 2013 2014 LTM % share
C. Yura 1,260 1,689 2,509 2,600 2,602 22.7%
C. Sur         449       514       6       -       -       -
Total         1,709       2,203       2,515       2,600       2,602       22.7%
National Total         8,864       10,358       11,264       11,532       11,445       100.0%
*Official figures for cement sales by companies nationwide, provided by the INEI and disclosed with a lag.
 

Source: INEI

Main Infrastructure Projects in the Area of Influence:

Infrastructure spending in 2015 is expected to total $6.5 billion, a 40% increase from 2014, according to Apoyo Consultoría. A pick up in spending in the second half of the year is expected to offset a weak first six months to the year.

Specifically in the northern region of Peru, where Cementos Pacasmayo is the leading provider of cement, there are three projects that are in the execution phase.

  • Talara Refinery – Cementos Pacasmayo has been contracted to provide cement, concrete and piles for this project. The Company estimates that as of June 30, 2015, around 10% of the total cement needed has been shipped.
  • Chavimochic Project – Cementos Pacasmayo is in the final stages of contract negotiations to provide cement and concrete for this project. Shipments should begin during 3Q15.
  • Longitudinal de la Sierra Highway – Cementos Pacasmayo has been contracted to provide cement and concrete for this project. As of June 30, 2015, the Company estimates that around 15% of the total demand for the project has been shipped. During 6M15 there were some delays due to rains, but shipments have now resumed.

Operating Results:

Production:

Cement Production Volume    
(thousands of metric tons)
                                     
Production
2Q15 2Q14 % Var. 6M15 6M14 % Var.
Pacasmayo Plant 450.0 502.1 -10.4% 922.5 1,015.2 -9.1%
Rioja Plant 62.9 65.9 -4.6% 133.9 136.8 -2.1%
Total 512.9 568.0 -9.7% 1,056.4 1,152.0 -8.3%
 

Cement production volume at the Pacasmayo plant in 2Q15 decreased 10.4% compared to 2Q14, and 9.1% in 6M15 compared to 6M14, due to lower cement demand, mainly from local and regional governments.

Cement production volume at the Rioja Plant decreased 4.6% in 2Q15 compared to 2Q14, and 2.1% in 6M15 compared to 6M14.

   
Clinker Production Volume
(thousands of metric tons)
 
        Production
2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15       6M14       % Var.
Pacasmayo Plant 236.0 241.1 -2.1% 488.6 531.5 -8.1%
Rioja Plant 53.1 55.2 -3.8% 116.6 108.4 7.6%
Total 289.1 296.3 -2.4% 605.2 639.9 -5.4%
 

Clinker production volume at the Pacasmayo plant in 2Q15 was slightly below 2Q14 and 8.1% in 6M15 compared to 6M14. Likewise, during 2Q15, 38,455 MT of imported clinker were consumed, 63.7% less than the 105,977 MT used in 2Q14. During 6M15, 114,983 MT of imported clinker were consumed, 51.3% less than the 236,323 MT consumed in 6M14. The Company expects to stop using imported clinker as soon as the Piura plant is fully operational.

Clinker production volume at the Rioja plant decreased 3.8% in 2Q15 compared to 2Q14. In 6M15, production increased 7.6% compared to 6M14, mainly explained by a higher production for inventory purposes during 1Q15.

   
Quicklime Production Volume
(thousands of metric tons)
 
      Production
2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15       6M14       % Var.
Pacasmayo Plant 30.2 34.8 -13.2% 56.9 54.1 5.2%
 

Quicklime production volume decreased 13.2% in 2Q15 compared to 2Q14, despite an increase in sales volume, as the Company ran down inventories. During 6M15, quicklime production volume increased 5.2% compared to 6M14, in line with increased demand.

Installed Capacity:

Installed Cement and Clinker Capacity

Annual installed cement capacity at the Pacasmayo and Rioja plants was stable at 2.9 million MT and 440,000 MT respectively.

The annual installed clinker capacity at the Pacasmayo and Rioja plants remained stable at 1.5 million MT and 280,000 MT respectively.

   
Utilization Rate:
Pacasmayo Plant Utilization Rate(1)
     
Utilization Rate
2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15       6M14       % Var.
Cement 62.1% 69.3% -7.2 pp. 63.6% 70.0% -6.4 pp.
Clinker 62.9% 64.3% -1.4 pp. 65.1% 70.9% -5.8 pp.
Quicklime 50.3% 58.0% -7.7 pp. 47.4% 45.1% 2.3 pp.
 

The utilization rate of cement production at the Pacasmayo plant decreased 7.2 percentage points in 2Q15 compared to 2Q14, and 6.4 percentage points in 6M15 compared to 6M14, reflecting lower demand.

The utilization rate of clinker production in 2Q15 was slightly below 2Q14, and decreased 5.8 percentage points in 6M15 compared to 6M14.

Additionally, the utilization rate of quicklime production decreased 7.7 percentage points during 2Q15, compared with 2Q14, explained by the decrease in production as the Company ran down inventories.

   

Rioja Plant Utilization Rate2

     
Utilization Rate
2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15       6M14       % Var.
Cement 57.2% 59.9% -2.7 pp. 60.9% 62.2% -1.3 pp.
Clinker 75.8% 78.9% -3.1 pp. 83.3% 77.4% 5.9 pp.
 

The utilization rate of cement production at the Rioja plant was 57.2% in 2Q15, slightly below 2Q14.

The utilization rate of clinker production at the Rioja plant decreased 3.1 percentage points in 2Q15 compared to 2Q14, reaching 75.8%.

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1-2 The utilization rates are calculated by dividing production in a given period over nominal installed capacity. The utilization rate implies annualized production, which is calculated by multiplying real production for each quarter by 4.
 

New Cement Plant in Piura

Construction of the new cement plant in Piura entered its final phase in the second quarter of 2015. Developments in the quarter included finishing the electro mechanical setup of all of the cement equipment, and the beginning of the commissioning stage for the cement line, which should finish in the upcoming weeks. Cement production at the plant is expected to begin during 3Q15 and to reach 60% capacity of 1.6 million tons of cement and 1.0 million tons of clinker by year end.

The new plant will improve the Company’s competitive position in the northern region of Peru. With production from three plants, the Company will be able to serve its market more efficiently. This state-of-the-art plant will be the most modern in Latin America. It will begin operating during the second half of 2015, and the Company will achieve significant efficiencies at the consolidated level due to the elimination of imported clinker and the use of more advanced production technology. It will also reduce transportation costs by enabling the dispatching of cement from plants within closer proximity to the point of sale.

As of June 30, 2015, the Company has invested approximately US$ 294.2 million. It is important to highlight that total investment, estimated at US$ 386 million, and the estimated date to initiate operations, are perfectly aligned with the original budget and the schedule established at the beginning of the construction process.

Financial Results:

Income Statement:

The following table shows a summary of the Consolidated Financial Results:

   
Consolidated Financial Results
(in millions of Nuevos Soles S/.)
 
      Income Statement
2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15       6M14       % Var.
Sales of goods 276.5 303.3 -8.8% 567.1 603.3 -6.0%
Gross Profit 119.5 122.5 -2.4% 244.6 244.2 0.2%
Total operating expenses, net -46.5 -54.1 -14.0% -99.4 -110.5 -10.0%
Operating Profit 73.0 68.4 6.7% 145.3 133.7 8.7%
Total other expenses, net -10.4 -8.0 30.0% -10.3 -15.6 -34.0%
Profit before income tax 62.6 60.4 3.6% 135.0 118.1 14.3%
Income tax expense -18.4 -19.4 -5.2% -38.4 -37.3 2.9%

Profit for the period

44.3 41.0 8.0% 96.5 80.8 19.4%

Non-controlling interests

-1.0 -0.8 25.0% -2.0 -1.6 25.0%

Equity holders of the parent

45.3 41.8 8.4% 98.5 82.4 19.5%
 

Profit for the period increased 8.0% during 2Q15 compared to 2Q14, and 19.4% in 6M15 compared to 6M14, mainly due to a higher gross margin, an S/. 8.8 million income from the sale of real estate assets, and a favorable effective exchange rate impact due to a better management of foreign currency risk. As of June 30, 2015, the Company had cross currency swap contracts for all of its US$ 300 million dollar denominated debt.

Sales of Goods:

The following table shows the Sales of Goods and their respective margins by business segment:

   
Sales: cement, concrete and blocks
(in millions of Nuevos Soles S/.)
 
      Cement, concrete and blocks
2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15       6M14       % Var.
Sales of goods 239.9 261.4 -8.2% 490.9 525.4 -6.6%
Cost of Sales -124.5 -142.5 -12.6% -255.9 -286.1 -10.6%
Gross Profit 115.4 118.9 -2.9% 235.0 239.3 -1.8%
Gross Margin 48.1% 45.5% -2.6 pp. 47.9% 45.5% 2.4 pp.
 

Sales of cement, concrete and blocks decreased 8.2% during 2Q15 compared to 2Q14. However, gross margin increased 2.6 percentage points during 2Q15 compared to 2Q14, mainly driven by lower use of imported clinker and an increase in sales price for cement and sustained operational efficiencies.

Likewise, during 6M15 sales of cement, concrete and blocks decreased 6.6% compared to 6M14. However, gross margin increased 2.4 percentage points during 6M15 compared to 6M14, mainly driven by lower use of imported clinker and a lower clinker/cement ratio.

Sales of cement represented 85.7% of cement, concrete and block sales during 2Q15.

         

Cement

2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15       6M14       % Var.
Sales of goods 205.5 220.0 -6.6% 423.8 448.9 -5.6%
Cost of Sales -99.8 -113.8 -12.3% -206.3 -233.4 -11.6%
Gross Profit 105.7 106.2 -0.5% 217.5 215.5 0.9%
Gross Margin 51.4% 48.3% 3.1 pp. 51.3% 48.0% 3.3 pp.
 

Sales of cement decreased 6.6% in 2Q15 compared to 2Q14, and 5.6% in 6M15 compared to 6M14, reflecting weaker demand in the Peruvian infrastructure market. However, gross margin improved 3.1 percentage points in 2Q15 compared to 2Q14 and 3.3 percentage points in 6M15 compared to 6M14. This was mainly driven by lower use of imported clinker, an improvement in the clinker/cement ratio and higher prices.

Sales of concrete represented 10.9% of cement, concrete and block sales during 2Q15.

         
Concrete
2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15       6M14       % Var.
Sales of goods 26.2 33.1 -20.8% 52.5 60.0 -12.5%
Cost of Sales -19.2 -23.1 -16.9% -39.5 -41.3 -4.4%
Gross Profit 7.0 10.0 -30.0% 13.0 18.7 -30.5%
Gross Margin 26.7% 30.2% -3.5 pp. 24.8% 31.2% -6.4 pp.
 

Sales of concrete decreased 20.8% and gross margin decreased 3.5 percentage points during 2Q15 compared to 2Q14. Likewise, sales decreased 12.5% and gross margin 6.4 percentage points during 6M15 compared to 6M14, mainly explained by a decrease in sales volume due to delays in medium and large infrastructure projects.

Sales of blocks represented 3.4% of cement, concrete and block sales during 2Q15.

         
Blocks, bricks and pavers
2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15       6M14       % Var.
Sales of goods 8.2 8.3 -1.2% 14.6 16.5 -11.5%
Cost of Sales -5.5 -5.6 -1.8% -10.1 -11.4 -11.4%
Gross Profit 2.7 2.7 - 4.5 5.1 -11.8%
Gross Margin 32.9% 32.5% 0.4 pp. 30.8% 30.9% -0.1 pp.
 

During 2Q15, blocks, bricks and pavers sales and gross margin remained stable compared to 2Q14. In 6M15, sales decreased 11.5% mainly due to a change in product mix. Gross margin remained stable during 6M15 compared to 6M14.

   
Sales: Quicklime
(in millions of Nuevos Soles S/.)
 
      Quicklime
2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15       6M14       % Var.
Sales of goods 20.2 19.7 2.5% 39.2 30.5 28.5%
Cost of Sales -16.7 -16.6 0.6% -31.0 -26.9 15.2%
Gross Profit 3.5 3.1 12.9% 8.2 3.6 N/R
Gross Margin 17.3% 15.7% 1.6 pp. 20.9% 11.8% 9.1 pp.
 

Quicklime sales increased 2.5% in 2Q15 compared to 2Q14, and 28.5% in 6M15 compared to 6M14, mainly due to an increase in sales volume since we continue to serve new clients. Gross margin increased 1.6 percentage points during 2Q15 compared to 2Q14, and 9.1 percentage points in 6M15 compared to 6M14 mainly due to improvements in our kilns and operational efficiencies which have resulted in lower production costs.

   

Sales: Construction Supplies3

(in millions of Nuevos Soles S/.)
 
      Construction Supplies
2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15       6M14       % Var.
Sales of goods 16.2 21.8 -25.7% 36.6 46.9 -22.0%
Cost of Sales -15.6 -21.2 -26.4% -35.3 -45.4 -22.2%
Gross Profit 0.6 0.6 - 1.3 1.5 -13.3%
Gross Margin 3.7% 2.8% 0.9 pp. 3.6% 3.2% 0.4 pp.
 

During 2Q15, sales of construction supplies decreased 25.7% compared to 2Q14, and 22.0% in 6M15 compared to 6M14, mainly due to lower demand, in line with the rest of the construction sector, and increased competition which resulted in lower prices. Gross margin during 2Q15 and 6M15 remained stable compared to 2Q14 and 6M14 respectively.

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3 Construction supplies include the following products: steel rebars, wires, nails, corrugated iron, electric conductors, plastic tubes and accessories, among others.

Operating Expenses:

Administrative Expenses    
(in millions of Nuevos Soles S/.)
 
      Administrative expenses
2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15       6M14       % Var.
Personnel expenses 26.4 24.6 7.3% 53.8 52.4 2.7%
Third-party services 15.0 14.4 4.2% 28.3 28.5 -0.7%
Board of directors compensation 1.6 1.3 23.1% 3.4 2.6 30.8%
Depreciation and amortization 2.8 2.7 3.7% 5.7 5.4 5.6%
Other 3.5 2.8 25.0% 6.6 5.8 13.8%
Total 49.3 45.8 7.6% 97.8 94.7 3.3%
 

Although we have continued to successfully execute our administrative expenses reduction policy, during 2Q15, administrative expenses increased 7.6% compared with 2Q14 mainly due to an increase in personnel expenses and third party services related to training and other startup cost of the new cement plant in Piura, and an increase in the board of directors' compensation mainly due to the appreciation of the US dollar.

   
Selling Expenses
(in millions of Nuevos Soles S/.)
 
      Selling and distribution expenses
2Q15       2Q14       % Var.       6M15       6M14       % Var.
Personnel expenses 3.4 3.9 -12.8% 7.1 7.6 -6.6%
Advertising and promotion 2.2 2.8 -21.4% 4.5 5.7 -21.1%
Other 1.7 1.1 54.5% 2.6 2.3 13.0%
Total 7.3 7.8 -6.4% 14.2 15.6 -9.0%
 

During 2Q15 selling expenses decreased 6.4% compared to 2Q14, and 9.0% in 6M15 compared to 6M14, mainly from lower advertising and marketing expenses.

EBITDA Reconciliation:

   
Consolidated EBITDA
(in millions of Nuevos Soles S/.)
 
      Consolidated EBITDA
2Q15       2Q14       Var %.       6M15       6M14       Var %.
Net Income 44.3 41.0 8.0% 96.5 80.8 19.4%
+ Income tax expense 18.4 19.4 -5.2% 38.4 37.3 2.9%
- Finance income -0.9 -1.4 -35.7% -1.5 -6.0 -75.0%
+ Finance costs 11.9 8.6 38.4% 17.0 18.3 -7.1%
+/- Net (loss) gain from exchange rate -0.5 0.8 N/R -5.2 3.3 N/R
+ Depreciation and Amortization 16.3 15.5 5.2% 33.3 30.9 7.8%

Consolidated EBITDA

89.3 83.9 6.4% 178.5 164.6 8.4%
EBITDA from FdP y Salsud * 3.1 2.6 19.2% 5.9 5.4 9.3%
Cement EBITDA 92.4 86.5 6.8% 184.4 170.0 8.5%

* Corresponds to EBITDA excluding the Fosfatos del Pacifico and Salmueras Sudamericanas projects which are not linked to the cement business and are currently in pre-operating stages, therefore they are not generating revenues.

During 2Q15, consolidated EBITDA increased 6.4% to S/. 89.3 million compared to S/. 83.9 million in 2Q14, mainly as a result of higher gross margin, as well as an income of S/. 8.9 million from the sale of a real estate asset. During 6M15 EBITDA increased 8.4% compared to 6M14, mainly as a result of the above, as well as the administrative expenses reduction policy.

Cash and Debt Position:

Cash:

Consolidated Cash
(in millions of Nuevos Soles S/.)

As of June 30, 2015, the Company’s cash position was S/. 430.3 million (US$ 135.4 million). This balance includes certificates of deposit for S/. 377.5 million (US$ 118.8 million), distributed as follows:

         
Certificates of deposits in Nuevos Soles
Bank       Amount (S/.)       Interest rate       Initial Date Maturity Date
Banco de Crédito del Perú S/. 10.0 3.50% June 17,2015 August 18, 2015
Banco de Crédito del Perú S/. 9.0 3.50% June 18,2015 August 18, 2015
Banco de Crédito del Perú S/. 5.0 3.25% June 19,2015 August 18, 2015
Banco de Crédito del Perú S/. 30.0 3.08% June 23,2015 July 23,2015
Banco de Crédito del Perú S/. 10.0 3.05% June 30,2015 July 2,2015
BBVA Banco Continental S/. 3.0 3.35% June 19,2015 August 18, 2015
BBVA Banco Continental S/. 5.0 4.00% June 30,2015 July 2,2015
 
S/. 72.0
 
Certificates of deposits in American Dollars
Bank Amount (S/.) Interest rate Initial Date Maturity Date
Banco de Crédito del Perú USD 30.0 0.30% June 10,2015 October 20, 2015
Banco de Crédito del Perú USD 43.3 0.10% May 14,2015 July 16,2015
Banco de Crédito del Perú USD 10.0 0.25% May 14,2015 November 12,15
Banco de Crédito del Perú USD 5.0 0.25% June 18,2015 October 20, 2015
Banco de Crédito del Perú USD 3.0 0.18% June 23,2015 July 23,2015
Banco de Crédito del Perú USD 5.0 0.25% June 30,2015 October 20, 2015
 
USD 96.3
 

The remaining balance of S/. 52.8 million (US$ 16.6 million) is held in the Company’s bank accounts, of which US$ 3.8 million are denominated in US dollars and the remainder in Nuevos Soles.

Debt Position:

Consolidated Debt
(in millions of Nuevos Soles S/.)

Below are the contractual obligations with payment deadlines related to the Company’s debt, including interest.

         
Payments due by period
Less than 1 year       1-3 Years       3-5 Years       More than 5 Years       Total
Indebtedness - - - 953.1 953.1
Future interest payments 42.9 85.8 85.8 128.8 343.3
Total 42.9 85.8 85.8 1,081.9 1,296.4
 

As of June 30, 2015, the Company’s total outstanding debt reached S/. 953.1 million (US$ 300.0 million), which correspond to the international bonds issued in February 2013. These bonds have a coupon rate of 4.50% with a 10-year bullet maturity.

As of June 30, 2015, the Company has entered into cross currency swap hedging agreements for US$300 million to manage foreign exchange risks related to US dollar-denominated debt.

Net Debt/EBITDA ratio was 1.4x

Capex

Capex
(in millions of Nuevos Soles S/.)

During the first six months of 2015, the Company invested S/. 247.5 million (US$ 77.9 million), allocated to the following projects:

           
Projects

6M15

New Piura Plant 219.6
Pacasmayo Plant Projects 8.2
Construction of diatomite brick plant 9.4
Concrete and aggregates equipment 2.3
Phosphate Project 7.5
Rioja Plant Projects 0.4
Other investing activities 0.1
Total 247.5
 

Projects

Fosfatos del Pacífico S.A.

In December 2011, the Company sold a 30% stake of the subsidiary Fosfatos del Pacifico S.A. for US$ 46.1 million to an affiliate of Mitsubishi Corporation, a globally-integrated company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which develops and operates business in multiple sectors.

In accordance with the terms of sale, Mitsubishi Corporation signed a long-term contract of purchase and sale (Off Take Agreement), in which it commits to acquire 2 million MT of phosphate per year with the option to buy an additional 0.5 million MT per year. The agreement has a term of 20 years.

Fosfatos del Pacifico hired companies to begin a basic engineering study for the project’s various sections. Those selected were: Golder Associates to study the mine, a FL Smidth Minerals-Jacobs-Golder Associates consortium to study the plant, Berenguer Ingenieros to study the port, and Pepsa Tecsult and Aecom to study the electrical transmission and water. During the second half of 2014, value engineering was developed to identify opportunities to improve design, construction, and project operations. Fosfatos del Pacifico hired the main engineering companies (Hatch, Ausenco and WorleyParsons) according to experience and knowledge in various areas. Within the main scope of this value engineering are the change in the methodology of mining, from a conventional mining to a continuous mining system, thereby making the mining process more efficient; the reduction of the footprint of the processing plant without reducing capacity; and size reduction of the port according to the capacity requirements of the project.

In March 2014, the environmental impact study for the phosphate project was approved. This is an important milestone in the development of the project and reflects the Company’s commitment to its execution.

In April 2015, the onsite Laboratory was certified as Overseas Member of the Association of Fertilizer and Phosphate Chemists and ISO 9001.

Currently, the project is in the process of incorporating value engineering findings, from a conceptual level to a basic engineering level, which will allow for a more accurate analysis of the project. In order to integrate the engineering efforts of the different components of the project, through a bidding process, Pacasmayo hired WorleyParsons to act as “Project Management Consultant”, a position it will hold throughout the engineering process, as well as during the procurement, construction, and start of operations.

Salmueras Sudamericanas S.A.

In 2011, the Company signed an agreement with Quimica del Pacifico (Quimpac), a leading Peruvian chemical company, to establish Salmueras Sudamericanas S.A., in which the Company owns 74.9% of the outstanding shares, with Quimpac holding the remaining 25.1%.

The basic engineering study was conducted by the German company, K-Utec AG Salt Technologies, which has over 50 years of experience in the salt business, and is currently being evaluated by both partners in order to determine how to move forward according to their investment priorities. The environmental impact study was approved in December 2014.

About Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A.

Cementos Pacasmayo S.A.A. is a cement company, located in the Northern region of Peru. In February 2012, the Company’s shares were listed on The New York Stock Exchange - Euronext under the ticker symbol "CPAC". With more than 57 years of operating history, the Company produces, distributes and sells cement and cement-related materials, such as concrete blocks and ready-mix concrete. Cementos Pacasmayo’s products are primarily used in construction, which has been one of the fastest-growing segments of the Peruvian economy in recent years. The Company also produces and sells quicklime for use in mining operations.

For more information, please visit: http://www.cementospacasmayo.com.pe/investors

Note: The Company presented some figures converted from Nuevos Soles to U.S. Dollars for comparison purposes. The exchange rate used to convert Nuevos Soles to U.S. dollars was S/. 3.177 per US$ 1.00, which was the exchange rate, reported as of June 30, 2015 by the Superintendencia de Banca, Seguros y AFP’s (SBS). 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.

 
This press release may contain forward-looking statements. These statements are statements that are not historical facts, and are based on management’s current view and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, Company performance and financial results. Also, certain reclassifications have been made to make figures comparable for the periods. The words “anticipates”, “believes”, “estimates”, “expects”, “plans” and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Statements regarding the declaration or payment of dividends, the implementation of principal operating and financing strategies and capital expenditure plans, the direction of future operations and the factors or trends affecting financial condition, liquidity or results of operations are examples of forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current views of management and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. There is no guarantee that the expected events, trends or results will actually occur. The statements are based on many assumptions and factors, including general economic and market conditions, industry conditions, and operating factors. Any changes in such assumptions or factors could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.
 
             

Interim condensed consolidated statements of financial position

As of June 30, 2015 (unaudited) and December 31, 2014 (audited)

 
Assets As of Jun-15 As of Dec-14
Current Assets S/. (000) S/. (000)
Cash and term deposits 430,271 580,499
Trade and other receivables 127,025 110,843
Income tax prepayments 25,640 15,042
Inventories 320,890 324,070
Prepayments 15,516       4,367
919,342 1,034,821
 
As of Jun-15 As of Dec-14
Non-current assets S/. (000) S/. (000)
Other receivables 59,835 53,948
Prepayments 1,891 2,268
Available-for-sale financial investments 631 744
Other financial instruments 36,493 12,251
Property, plant and equipment 2,271,771 2,060,976
Exploration and evaluation assets 77,563 57,740
Deferred income tax assets 19,449 17,175
Other assets 879       981
2,468,512 2,206,083
                 
Total assets       3,387,854       3,240,904
 
Liabilities and equity As of Jun-15 As of Dec-14
Current liabilities S/. (000) S/. (000)
Trade and other payables 148,123 137,569
Income tax payable 1,552 8,720
Provisions 37,522       53,826
187,197 200,115
 
As of Jun-15 As of Dec-14
Non-current liabilities S/. (000) S/. (000)
Interest-bearing loans and borrowings 941,385 883,564
Other non-current provisions 3,176 657
Deferred income tax liabilities 95,337       85,883
1,039,898 970,104
                 
Total liabilities       1,227,095       1,170,219

 

Equity As of Jun-15 As of Dec-14
S/. (000) S/. (000)
Capital stock 531,461 531,461
Investment shares 50,503 50,503
Additional paid-in capital 553,466 553,791
Legal reserve 164,754 154,905
Other reserves -1,583 5,144
Retained earnings 785,372 696,736
         
 
Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent 2,083,973 1,992,540
Non-controlling interests 76,786       78,145
                 
Total equity       2,160,759       2,070,685
                 
Total liabilities and equity       3,387,854       3,240,904
 
                         

Interim condensed consolidated statements of profit or loss

For the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 (both unaudited)
 
2Q15 2Q14 6M15 6M14
S/. (000) S/. (000) S/. (000) S/. (000)
Sales of goods 276,462 303,261 567,066 603,343
Cost of sales       -156,930       -180,739       -322,448       -359,133
Gross profit       119,532       122,522       244,618       244,210
 
Operating expenses
Administrative expenses -49,288 -45,771 -97,762 -94,766
Selling and distribution expenses -7,306 -7,818 -14,205 -15,566
Other operating expenses, net       10,086       -488       12,600       -201
Total operating expenses , net       -46,508       -54,077       -99,367       -110,533
                                 
Operating profit       73,024       68,445       145,251       133,677
 
Other income (expenses)
Finance income 949 1,350 1,486 5,979
Finance costs -11,907 -8,589 -17,045 -18,343
Loss from exchange difference, net 581 -819 5,266 -3,218
                                 
Total other expenses, net       -10,377       -8,058       -10,293       -15,582
                                 
Profit before income tax       62,647       60,387       134,958       118,095
 
Income tax expense       -18,380       -19,393       -38,434       -37,298
Profit for the period       44,267       40,994       96,524       80,797
 
Attributable to:
Equity holders of the parent 45,253 41,770 98,485 82,363
Non-controlling interests       -986       -776       -1,961       -1,566
Net income       44,267       40,994       96,524       80,797
 
Earnings per share

Basic and diluted for period attributable to equity holders of common
shares and investment shares of the parent (S/. per share)

      0.08       0.07       0.17       0.14
 
                   

Interim condensed consolidated statements of changes in equity

For the six-month periods ended June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2014 (both unaudited)
                                         

Attributable to equity holders of the parent

Capital stock
S/.(000)

Investment
shares
S/.(000)

Additional
paid-in capital
S/.(000)

Legal reserve
S/.(000)

Unrealized
gain on
available-for-
sale
investments
S/.(000)

Unrealized
gain (loss) on
cash flow
hedge S/.(000)

Retained
earnings
S/.(000)

 

Total
S/.(000)

Non-
controlling
interests
S/.(000)

Total equity
S/.(000)

Balance as of January 1, 2014 531,461 50,503 556,294 119,833 19,045 - 653,704 1,930,840 78,630 2,009,470
Profit for the period - - - - - - 82,363 82,363 -1,566 80,797
Other comprehensive income -       -       -       -       -3,147       -       -       -3,147       -       -3,147
Total comprehensive income - - - - -3,147 82,363 79,216 -1,566 77,650
 
Appropriation of legal reserve - - - 7,528 - - -7,528 - - -
Terminated dividends - - - 1,670 - - - 1,670 - 1,670
Contribution of non-controlling interests - - - - - - - - 819 819
Other adjustments of non-controlling interests -       -       -2,232       -       -       -       -       -2,232       2,232       -
 
Balance as of June 30, 2014 531,461 50,503 554,062 129,031 15,898 - 728,539 2,009,494 80,115 2,089,609
 
 
Balance as of January 1, 2015 531,461 50,503 553,791 154,905 218 4,926 696,736 1,992,540 78,145 2,070,685
Profit for the period - - - - - - 98,485 98,485 -1,961 96,524
Other comprehensive income -       -       -       -       -84       -6,643       -       -6,727       -       -6,727
Total comprehensive income - - - - -84 -6,643 98,485 91,758 -1,961 89,797
 
 
Appropriation of legal reserve - - - 9,849 - - -9,849 - - -
Contribution of non-controlling interests - - - - - - - - 277 277
Other adjustments of non-controlling interests - - -325 - - - - -325 325 -
                                                                         
Balance as of June 30, 2015 531,461       50,503       553,466       164,754       134       -1,717       785,372       2,083,973       76,786       2,160,759
 
 

Contacts

In Lima:
Cementos Pacasmayo
Manuel Ferreyros, CFO
Claudia Bustamante, Head of Investor Relations
Tel: (511) 317‐6000 ext. 2165
cbustamante@cpsaa.com.pe
or
In New York:
MBS Value Partners
Hugh Collins
Tel: (212) 223-4632
hugh.collins@mbsvalue.com

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