* Q3 net profit after minorities 394 mln Sfr vs 405 f'cast
* Q3 operating EBITDA 1.214 bln Sfr vs 1.218 in poll
* Expects demand to rise in emerging markets, Europe weaker
ZURICH, Nov 7 Holcim, the world's
second-largest cement maker by sales, is banking on rising
demand for cement in emerging markets and North America to
shield it from lower sales in Europe for the rest of 2012.
Like its rivals Lafarge and HeidelbergCement
, Holcim has grappled with higher energy costs and
sluggish European construction markets and is raising prices for
its customers to meet its targets.
Third quarter net profit after minorities rose 10.5 percent
to 394 million Swiss francs ($417.51 million), falling slightly
short of the average analyst forecast in a Reuters poll of 405
Sales rose 9.8 percent to 5.841 billion francs, beating the
average forecast, buoyed by a solid performance in a number of
emerging markets including India, the Philippines, Russia,
Thailand and Mexico.
The cement maker set out a cost-cutting drive in May to
boost profit by at least 1.5 billion Swiss francs by the end of
Holcim said it was progressing well with the programme and
confirmed it plans to achieve at least 150 million of that
im provement in 2012. A s part of the measures, the company said
it had implemented a leaner management structure in Europe to
cope with the difficult economic environment.
The company confirmed its outlook to achieve organic growth
in 2012 on the level of operating earnings before interest tax,
depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA).