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Increased volumes offset by pricing pressure

  • 13 Nov 15

Bekaert reported Q3 15 revenues of €898m, 10% higher than last year, with acquisition and FX accounting for more than 15%. The organic decline was therefore 5% due to the positive price mix and volume effects (+1%) and significantly lower wire rod prices (-6%). By region; EMEA: the solid Q3 15 was driven by acquisitions, flat organic growth was driven by higher volumes, normal seasonality and an adverse impact of passed-on lower raw material prices. The North American activities reported 4% yoy sales growth in Q3, and FX effects accounted for +15% while the volume loss from the fire damage in Rome (Georgia, US) was the main driver of the organic decline (-11%). But the production plant was reopened during October and demand in the US is expected to stabilise in Q4. In Asia Pacific, Bekaert achieved 12% sales growth in Q3, acquisitions boosted sales by 7% and currency effects accounted for +13%. The price erosion which made up most of the organic sales decline (-8%) was mainly the result of passed-on lower wire rod prices. In LatAm, revenue was up 10% in Q3 as acquisitions, organic volume growth and an improved price-mix drove up sales significantly. Currency effects were almost neutralised as various devaluations (versus the US$) in the region offset the impact of a weaker euro. The segment’s top-line was, moreover, adversely impacted by declining raw material prices. Net debt was €906m at the end of September, €117m down from June 2015 thanks to the working capital decrease.