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CRH plc 2011 Interim Results - Six months ended 30th June 2011

16 August 2011

€ m
€ m
% change
Sales revenue 8,166 7,658 Up 7%
EBITDA* 574 520 Up 10%
EBIT 184 118 Up 56%
Profit before tax 95 25 Up 280%
€ cent € cent
Earnings per share 10.7 2.6 Up 312%
Cash earnings per share 67.1 59.9 Up 12%
Dividend per share 18.5 18.5 No change
  € m € m  
Net debt at 30 June 3,942 4,762 Down 17%

* EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and impairment charges) excludes profit on disposals and CRH's share of associates' profit after tax.

  • Profit increase driven by CRH’s Products and Distribution operations in Europe and the Americas
  • First-half EBITDA of €574 million, ahead of 2010 as indicated in the May trading update guidance
  • EBIT +56% ahead of 2010; EBITDA and EBIT margins ahead of last year
  • Profit before tax of €95 million, €70 million ahead of H1 2010
  • Earnings per share well ahead of last year at 10.7c (H1 2010: 2.6c)
  • Dividend per share unchanged at 18.5c
  • Year-to-date acquisition and investment spend of €380 million, including 7 transactions completed since end-June; cash spend in the first six months amounted to €163 million
  • First-half proceeds from disposals amounted to €392 million
  • Net debt of €3.9 billion at end-June was €0.8 billion lower than at end-June 2010
  • EBITDA/net interest for the 12 months to June improved to 7.0x, compared with 6.5x at both June and December 2010, with net debt/EBITDA of 2.4x (June 2010: 2.8x)
  • Balance sheet remains one of the strongest in the sector

Myles Lee, Chief Executive, said today:

"The positive outcome for the first half of 2011 clearly demonstrates the advantages of CRH’s product and sectoral end-use balance and the benefits of the extensive reorganisation and restructuring measures implemented in response to the exceptionally difficult markets of recent years.

Looking to the second half, downward revisions to economic growth estimates over recent months, combined with the extreme turbulence evident in world financial markets over the past few weeks, have added to market risks and uncertainties. Against this background we continue to focus on operational and commercial excellence, on delivering the price increases necessary to recover higher input costs in our businesses and on delivering a year of progress for CRH in 2011."

Announced Tuesday, 16 August 2011

This Interim Report contains certain forward-looking statements as defined under US legislation. By their nature, such statements involve uncertainty; as a consequence, actual results and developments may differ from those expressed in or implied by such statements depending on a variety of factors including the specific factors identified in this Statement and other factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC.

CRH will host a webcast and conference call at 8.30 a.m. BST on 16 August 2011 to discuss this announcement. The webcast, and a presentation to accompany this announcement, are available at To register for the conference call please go to the Results Centre section of our website and follow the links. A recording of the conference call will be available from 11.00 a.m. BST on 16 August 2011 by dialing +44 (0)207 769 6425. The security code for the call and the replay is 7826749#.

Contact +353 1 404 1000

Myles Lee, Chief Executive
Maeve Carton, Finance Director
Éimear O’Flynn, Head of Investor Relations
Rossa McCann, Head of Group Finance and Treasury

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