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CRH plc, the international building materials group, issues the following Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2017.

Key Points
  • H1 in line with April guidance
  • Continued profit growth and margins ahead
  • Significant M&A activity; allocating and reallocating capital at attractive multiples
  • Interim dividend increased to 19.2c per share
Trading Highlights
  • Sales of €13.0 billion, 2% ahead of 2016
  • Like-for-like sales1 ahead 1%; +3% in Europe, +1% in the Americas and down 8% in Asia
  • EBITDA of €1.175 billion, 5% ahead of 2016
  • Like-for-like EBITDA ahead 2%; +2% in Europe, +6% in the Americas and down 39% in Asia
  • EBITDA margin 9.0% (H1 2016: 8.8%)
  • EPS of 43.5c per share, 29% ahead of 2016
Six months ended 30 June
€ m
€ m
Sales revenue12,99712,693+2%
EBITDA margin9.0%8.8%+20bps
Operating profit (EBIT)
Profit before tax517407+27%
€ cent€ cent
Basic earnings per share43.533.8+29%
Dividend per share19.218.8+2%

1 See pages 32 to 34 for glossary of alternative performance measures used throughout this interim report.

Chief Executive's Statement

Albert Manifold, Chief Executive, said today:

”We have had a satisfactory start to 2017 with stabilising trends in key European markets and EBITDA growth in the Americas. The acquisition and divestment activity announced by the Group today, demonstrates our ongoing strategic focus on allocating and reallocating capital at attractive multiples, while our significant Balance Sheet capacity ensures we are well positioned for further growth. I am pleased to report, in line with our progressive dividend policy, that the Board has decided to increase the interim dividend by 2.1% to 19.2c per share. For the second half of the year, despite currency headwinds and continuing challenging conditions in the Philippines, we expect a continuation of the first half momentum experienced in Europe and EBITDA growth in the Americas, which will result in another year of progress for the Group.”

See pages 32 to 34 for glossary of alternative performance measures used throughout this interim report.

Announced Thursday, 24 August 2017


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Contact CRH at Dublin 01 404 1000 (+353 1 404 1000)
Albert ManifoldChief Executive
Senan MurphyFinance Director
Frank HeisterkampHead of Investor Relations