CRH (CRH)

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Construction and Building Materials

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2,524.00p
   
  • Change Today:
    -16.00p
  • 52 Week High: 2,848.00p
  • 52 Week Low: 1,971.50p
  • Currency: UK Pounds
  • Shares Issued: 803.26m
  • Volume: 1,037,084
  • Market Cap: £20,274m
  • RiskGrade: 110

CRH hails 'positive' start to year as LFL sales rise 7% in Q1

By Michele Maatouk

Date: Wednesday 24 Apr 2019

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - Building materials group CRH hailed a "positive" start to the year on Wednesday as it posted a rise in first-quarter like-for-like sales and said earnings for the second half will be ahead of last year.
The company also announced an agreement to divest its European Shutters & Awnings business to StellaGroup for more than €0.3bn.

In the three months to the end of March 2019, group LFL sales were up 7% from the same period a year ago as sales volumes benefited from mild weather conditions and good momentum across most of its major markets. Sales growth was also supported by pricing progress across all major product lines.

The company said that in light of its strong balance sheet and cash generation, it will continue its share buyback programme with a further tranche of up to €350m to be completed before the interim results in August.

Group earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation for the first half of the year are expected to be in excess of €1.5bn versus €1.13bn in the first half of 2018, CRH said. It added that in the absence of any major market dislocations, LFL EBITDA in the second half is expected to be ahead of the same period a year ago.

Growth in Americas Materials in the second half is expected to be supported by continued advancement in both residential and non-residential construction markets in the US along with increased federal, state and local infrastructure funding measures.

In Europe Materials, while the good start to the year with more favourable weather conditions is encouraging and CRH expects the second half to be ahead of last year, the strong rate of organic sales growth experienced in the first quarter is likely to moderate.

In Building Products, meanwhile, it sees growth across all business segments in Europe and the US in the second half.

"Against this backdrop and while maintaining a relentless focus on progressing our profit improvement programme, we expect like-for-like EBITDA in the second half of 2019 to be ahead of the second half of 2018 (H2 2018: €2.24bn)."



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CRH Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Share Price 2,524.00p
Change Today -16.00p
% Change -0.63 %
52 Week High 2,848.00p
52 Week Low 1,971.50p
Volume 1,037,084
Shares Issued 803.26m
Market Cap £20,274m
RiskGrade 110

CRH Star Ratings

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Value
41.43% below the market average41.43% below the market average41.43% below the market average41.43% below the market average41.43% below the market average
62.16% below the sector average62.16% below the sector average62.16% below the sector average62.16% below the sector average62.16% below the sector average
Price Trend
14.60% above the market average14.60% above the market average14.60% above the market average14.60% above the market average14.60% above the market average
28.21% above the sector average28.21% above the sector average28.21% above the sector average28.21% above the sector average28.21% above the sector average
Income
13.51% below the market average13.51% below the market average13.51% below the market average13.51% below the market average13.51% below the market average
80% below the sector average80% below the sector average80% below the sector average80% below the sector average80% below the sector average
Growth
4.84% below the market average4.84% below the market average4.84% below the market average4.84% below the market average4.84% below the market average
23.08% below the sector average23.08% below the sector average23.08% below the sector average23.08% below the sector average23.08% below the sector average

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