CRH, the global building materials group, was formed through a merger in 1970 of two leading Irish public companies, Cement Limited (established in 1936) and Roadstone Limited (1949). About 90% of CRH's shares are held outside Ireland. CRH's has a payroll of 75,000 and less than 2,000 are located in Ireland. It moved its primary stock exchange listing to London late last year and is a FTSE 100 company.|
CRH plc, which is headquartered in Dublin,
Ireland and is the second-biggest building materials supplier in the world, and
the market leader in the United States, today said in a trading update in
advance of its Annual General Meeting later Wednesday morning, that it expects
earnings in the half year to be similar to 2011.
CRH said operations in the Americas have
benefited from favourable early weather conditions and a firmer tone in
construction markets in the United States. In contrast, trading in our European
operations in the first four months has been affected by severe weather
conditions in February and by the ongoing impact on sentiment of volatility in
Eurozone financial markets. Overall, cumulative like-for-like group sales to
end-April were +2% ahead of 2011, although EBITDA (earnings before interest,
taxes, depreciation, and amortization) for the period lagged 2011 due to the
tough start in our European operations.
Against this backdrop, and given normal seasonal
May/June weather patterns in the United States, CRH expects overall EBITDA in
the less significant first half of the year to be close to last year’s level
"With incrementally more positive US economic and
construction prospects for 2012 mitigating a more cautious view on the outlook
in Europe, we continue, subject to no major financial or energy market
dislocations, to expect overall like-for-like sales growth in 2012 and a year of
progress for CRH," the statement said.
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