Results as of June 30, 2012

Positive trends confirmed: sales up 5 and Current Operating Income up 11 in the second quarter
Strong cash generation and cost savings measures on track

Second quarter key figures

  • Sales up 5 to € 4,261m
  • EBITDA up 8 to € 1,007m
  • Current operating income up 11 to € 755m
  • Excluding asset impairment and restructuring charges, net income Group share was stable at € 294m (€ 1.03 per share)

First-half key figures

  • Sales up 5 to € 7,614m
  • EBITDA up 8 to € 1,523m
  • Current operating income up 15 to € 1,022m
  • Excluding asset impairment and restructuring charges, net income Group share improved 15 to € 312m (€ 1.09 per share)

Group highlights

  • Sales increased for the quarter and year-to-date, driven by successful price actions across all product lines to respond to cost inflation.
  • The Group achieved €170 million of cost savings in the first-half, €100 million in the second quarter, and is on track to reach at least €400 million for the year.
  • EBITDA and current operating income rose in the quarter and year-to-date, driven by double digit growth in Middle East and Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America. Margins also improved both in the quarter and the first-half, up 130 basis points when excluding carbon credit sales.
  • The Group recorded a non-recurring charge of €200 million in the second quarter for the impairment of Greek assets and recorded €148 million of restructuring charges in the first-half to implement its cost savings initiatives.
  • Net income Group share decline impacted by asset impairment and restructuring charges. Excluding these charges, net income group share and earnings per share improved 15 year-to-date.
  • Net debt of €12.5 billion reduced by €1.7 billion from June 30, 2011, and strong liquidity further improved through the issuance in July of €675 million mid-term bonds with no financial covenants and interest rates below 6 percent.

Bruno Lafont, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge, said:

"Economic conditions remain challenging for many parts of the world and we remain prudent on our outlook. But even in a lower growth volume environment, our actions to generate sales growth and cash, and to improve returns, led to a third consecutive quarter of positive trends.

These actions will continue as we implement cost savings of at least €400 million in 2012, drive sales growth and higher margin products and services through innovation, and extract more out of our assets with strict capital discipline. We confirm our objective to secure at least €1 billion of divestments this year as part of improving returns and reducing net debt to less than €10 billion as soon as possible in 2013."

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.

Consolidated accounts as of June 30, 2012

The Board of Directors of Lafarge, chaired by Bruno Lafont, met on July 26, 2012 and approved the accounts for the period ended June 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 half-year financial report.

Consolidated financial statements
(€m) Second quarter First half
  2012 2011 (4) Variation 2012 2011 (4) Variation
Gross Like for like (5) Gross Like for like (5)
Cement (million tons) 38.4 39.5 -3 -2 69.7 70.6 -1 -
Aggregates (million tons) 51.0 51.4 -1 -2 84.2 86.1 -2 -3
RMX Concrete (million m3) 8.6 9.2 -7 - 15.7 16.8 -7 -2
Results (million euros)                
Sales 4,261 4,054 5 3 7,614 7,260 5 4
EBITDA (1) 1,007 934 8 4 1,523 1,413 8 5
EBITDA margin ( ) 23.6 23.0 60bps   20.0 19.5 50bps  
Current operating income 755 683 11 7 1,022 891 15 9
Net income Group share (2) 57 289 -80   13 260 -95  
Net income before restructuring and impairment (2) 294 294 0   312 271 15  
Earnings per share (€) (3) 0.20 1.01 -80   0.05 0.91 -95  
Free cash flow 122 142 -14   (312) (133) nm  
Group net debt         12,550 14,260 -12  

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

(2) Net income group share includes pre-tax asset impairment and restructuring charges of € 254m and € 7m for second quarter 2012 and 2011, respectively, and impairment and restructuring charges of € 348m and € 16m for first-half 2012 and 2011, respectively.

(3) Basic average number of shares outstanding of 287.1 million and 286.2 million for second quarter 2012 and 2011, respectively, and 287.1 million and 286.1 million year-to-date 2012 and 2011, respectively

(4) Figures for 2011, excluding net debt, are restated to reflect the reclassification of the Gypsum activities as discontinued operations.

(5) At constant scope and exchange rates.

EBITDA results by region (1)

Current operating income by regions
(€m) Second quarter First half
  2012 2011 (2) Variation 2012 2011 (2) Variation
North America 165 133 24 119 58 105
Western Europe 185 194 -5 279 345 -19
Central & Eastern Europe 100 127 -21 86 118 -27
Middle East & Africa 328 298 10 643 572 12
Latin America 70 62 13 129 115 12
Asia 159 120 33 267 205 30
TOTAL 1,007 934 8 1,523 1,413 8

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

(2) Figures for 2011 are restated to reflect the reclassification of the Gypsum activities as discontinued operations.

Sales development and financial results

Sales volumes for cement, aggregates and concrete slightly declined in the quarter and year-to-date. For cement, sales volumes decreased 3 in the quarter and 1 year-to-date, reflecting divestments and volume declines primarily in Western and Central and Eastern Europe that were partially offset by improvements in North America and Asia. Aggregates sales volumes declined by 1 in the quarter and 2 year-to-date, reflecting lower construction activity in Western Europe. Concrete volumes declined by 7 for both periods due to the sale of US readymix assets in the third quarter 2011, creating a higher base comparison. On a like-for-like basis, readymix concrete sales volumes were stable.

Consolidated sales moved higher, up 5 for both periods, supported by successful price actions to respond to cost inflation across all of our product lines, higher cement volumes in North America and Asia, and favorable foreign exchange.

EBITDA improved for the quarter and year-to-date, up 8 . Double digit EBITDA increases in Middle East and Africa, Latin America, Asia, and North America supported this growth. Declines occurred in Western and Central & Eastern Europe due to the impact of poor weather conditions in the early part of the year, €51 million of lower proceeds from the sale of carbon credits in the first-half compared to last year, and a challenging economic environment. Overall, cost reduction actions contributed €170 million to the results for the first-half.

Net Income Group Share declined to €57 million in the quarter and to €13 million for the first-half. The decrease was primarily due to a €200 million second quarter pre-tax impairment charge on Greek assets resulting from the sustained downturn in economic conditions. In addition, the Group recorded €54 million of pre-tax restructuring charges in the quarter (€148 million in the first-half) as part of the implementation of the Group's cost savings program.

Net debt declined by €1.7 billion relative to June 2011 and moved higher compared to year-end 2011 due to normal seasonal working capital needs and exchange rates.

Investments, divestments and liquidity

Investments totaled €298 million for the first-half 2012, down from €566 million in the first half 2011.

  • Sustaining capital expenditures remained stable at €110 million versus €122 million in 2011.
  • Internal development capital expenditures and acquisitions declined from €444 million in the first-half 2011 to €188 million in the first-half 2012.

Lafarge received €72 million in cash for divestments in the first-half 2012, including sales of minority stakes, and plans to divest more than €1 billion in 2012.

As of June 30, 2012, Lafarge SA had €3.4 billion in undrawn committed credit lines, with an average maturity of about 3 years, in addition to €2.6 billion of cash on hand.

Additional information

The analyst presentation of results and the half-year financial report, including the interim management report, the interim condensed consolidated financial statements and the notes are available on this Website.

Notes to editors

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 15.3 billion euros.

For the second year in a row, Lafarge ranked amongst the top-10 of 500 companies evaluated by the "Carbon Disclosure Project" in recognition of their strategy and actions against global warming. 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.

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.

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