Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: VITROA), hereinafter “Vitro” or the “Company”, the leading glass producer in Mexico, today announced its unaudited results for the third quarter of 2016 (“3Q’16”).
Third Quarter 2016 Highlights
Commenting on Vitro’s performance and outlook, Mr. Adrián Sada Cueva, Chief Executive Officer, said: “I am pleased that we continue to report solid underlying results this quarter despite the ongoing volatile exchange rate environment. Measured in pesos, net sales rose 7.9 percent during the period, driven by continued growth in Flat Glass and Glass Containers.”
“As anticipated early in the year, this quarter we began the repair and capacity expansion of our Mexicali float glass furnace which is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Despite the reduction in capacity for the month of September, we achieved a 16.2percent increase in EBITDA in pesos and a modest improvement in EBITDA in US dollars this quarter mainly driven by a better priced mix and our commitment to deliver cost reduction measures.”
Mr. Sada further noted, “The acquisition of PPG’s flat glass manufacturing and coatings business in the US and Canada, including its research-and-development center which closed earlier this month, is a key milestone for Vitro. In addition to strengthening our Flat Glass business in the construction segment and increasing our focus on glass technologies, it positions the Company as the leader in the commercial construction glass segment in North America.”
Commenting on the balance sheet, Mr. Claudio Del Valle, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer, noted: “We continue to deliver year over year EBITDA growth, up 16.2 percent in the quarter in Mexican Peso terms, while also lowering working capital needs therefore improving significantly our cash from operations. Towards the end of the quarter we secured a US$ 500 million 7-year loan to finance a portion of the US$750 million acquisition of the PPG flat glass business. We closed the quarter with a cash position of US$924 million (includes US$ 500 million from finance loan to be used on Flat Glass acquisition) as this transaction was completed on October 1, 2016. Maintaining a healthy balance sheet is one of our key priorities and we seek to maintain conservative debt ratios.”
"We remain committed to driving profitable growth while capitalizing on the opportunities we see ahead. Vitro is now a stronger, more productive and innovative company with significantly larger international operations able to offer a broader range of value-added products to our customers and deliver increasingly better results for all our stakeholders," concluded Mr. Sada.