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En Asamblea Ordinaria, Cementos Argos compartió con sus accionistas los mejores resultados en su historia

  • El dividendo decretado es de $281,2 por acción, un 37 % superior al del 2021, y será pagado en efectivo en cuatro cuotas trimestrales a partir de abril de este año.
  • De forma consolidada, Argos alcanzó en 2021 los mejores resultados en su historia en todas sus dimensiones.
  • Al cierre del 2021, los ingresos por productos y servicios con características sostenibles superaron los 1.500 millones de dólares, cifra que representa el 47 % de los ingresos.
  • La compañía suscribió en 2021 tres créditos ligados a indicadores ambientales, sociales y de gobierno corporativo

 

En el marco de la Asamblea Ordinaria, Argos, empresa de cemento del Grupo Argos, propuso a sus accionistas un dividendo de $281,2 por acción, un 37 % superior al del
2021, lo que refleja los resultados históricos de la compañía en todas sus dimensiones, la destacada generación de flujo de caja, el bajo apalancamiento financiero y las buenas perspectivas de los territorios donde opera.


Este dividendo será pagado en efectivo en cuatro cuotas trimestrales a razón de $70,3
así:


▪ Abril de 2022: entre el 18 y 28.
▪ Julio de 2022: entre el 18 y 28.
▪ Octubre de 2022: entre el 18 y 28.
▪ Enero de 2023: entre el 17 y 27.


Asimismo, como parte de sus esfuerzos e iniciativas enmarcadas en su compromiso con
la creación de valor para la sociedad, la Asamblea General de Accionistas aprobó
destinar 7.605 millones de pesos para beneficio social.

 

Durante la asamblea, la compañía también anunció que, como parte de la ejecución de la estrategia de rentabilización del negocio y de optimización de la base de sus activos y en el marco del plan de desinversiones de activos localizados en mercados suburbanos o no integrados a su propia cadena logística y de producción, Argos USA firmó un acuerdo con Smyrna Ready Mix Concrete, LLC., para venderle 23 plantas de concreto (18 en el este de Carolina del Norte y cinco en el suroeste de Florida), con un derecho de suministro de cemento por un periodo de cinco años. El valor total de la venta ronda los 93 millones de dólares.


Con esta venta, la organización refuerza su estrategia de creación de valor y focalización de inversiones, en búsqueda de maximizar el retorno del capital de sus
inversionistas.

 

Se espera que la transacción, la cual está sujeta a las condiciones de cierre habituales, se cierre en el primer trimestre de 2022.

 

«Nos sentimos sumamente felices de compartir con nuestros accionistas unos resultados trascendentales que, sin lugar a dudas, reflejan la mística, el compromiso, la disciplina y la determinación de nuestros más de 7.000 colaboradores con el fortalecimiento de nuestra propuesta de valor y la ejecución de una estrategia enfocada en una visión a largo plazo para seguir generando rentabilidad para nuestros inversionistas, al tiempo que contribuimos a la creación de valor para la sociedad y hacemos posible la construcción de sueños de vivienda e infraestructura».
Juan Esteban Calle, presidente de Cementos Argos.


RESULTADOS HISTÓRICOS 2021:
La cementera registró un sólido desempeño en volúmenes en la mayoría de los países.
Despachó de forma consolidada 17,1 millones de toneladas de cemento y 7,8 millones de metros cúbicos de concreto, que representan incrementos del 18,3 % y del 2,7 % en
comparación con 2020, respectivamente.


Los ingresos consolidados se situaron en 9,8 billones de pesos, con incremento interanual del 9,1 %. Por su parte, el ebitda consolidado del 2021, incluyendo la ganancia de la desinversión en Dallas, cerró en 2,16 billones de pesos y es el más alto en la historia de Cementos Argos, con un crecimiento del 34 % en comparación con el 2020. El margen ebitda fue del 22 % y es el más alto desde el 2005, cuando comenzó la
internacionalización de la empresa.


LOGROS DESTACADOS:
Flexibilidad financiera, palanca del crecimiento y la sostenibilidad:


Los sólidos resultados financieros permitieron disminuir significativamente el indicador
de apalancamiento de la compañía de 4,5 veces la deuda neta sobre ebitda más
dividendos que se tenía a principios de 2021 y situarla ligeramente por debajo de 3
veces al final del año.


Gracias a esto y a la puesta en marcha de estrategias de eficiencia operacional que han
apalancado la reducción de la deuda y la expectativa de que la generación de flujos de
caja operativos continúe con una tendencia de crecimiento en los próximos años,
recientemente Fitch Ratings anunció su decisión de mejorar la perspectiva de la
calificación crediticia de Argos de estable a positiva.


En 2021, en búsqueda de esquemas de financiación que soporten la promoción de mejores prácticas en materia ambiental, social y de gobierno corporativo (ASG), adquirió el desembolso de tres créditos ligados a indicadores de sostenibilidad.

 

Fortaleza en la gestión de aspectos ambientales, sociales y de gobierno – ASG:

Con base en la monetización de las externalidades asociadas a la gestión y la valoración
de todos sus impactos económicos, sociales y ambientales, a través de la medición que
denominan Estado de Valor Agregado a la Sociedad, VAS, la compañía destaca que en
2021 devolvieron a la sociedad 2,55 veces el beneficio que retuvo.


Por noveno año consecutivo, junto con Grupo Argos, fue reconocida como referente
mundial en sostenibilidad en el sector de materiales de construcción, según el Índice
Global Dow Jones. Además, se posicionó como una de las empresas líderes en el mundo
con las mejores prácticas ambientales, sociales y de gobierno, de acuerdo con el índice
de inversión responsable y sostenible FTSE4Good, y recibió la medalla Gold Class en el
Anuario de Sostenibilidad de S&P.


Al cierre del 2021, los ingresos por productos y servicios con características de
sostenibilidad superaron los 1.500 millones de dólares, cifra que representa el 47 % de
sus ingresos y con la que superó ampliamente su meta de alcanzar 800 millones de
dólares por este concepto a 2030.


Más de 368.000 personas fueron beneficiarias directas de los proyectos sociales de la
cementera, con una inversión consolidada superior a 4,5 millones de dólares, en las
líneas de mejoramiento de viviendas, donación de cemento para infraestructura vial y
comunitaria, educación de calidad, negocios inclusivos, salud, seguridad alimentaria y
apoyo solidario a comunidades y a trabajadores de la construcción ante la crisis por la
pandemia.


«2021 permanecerá como un hito memorable en la historia de Argos».
Juan Esteban Calle.

 

 

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PIEDAD MONSALVE

Gerente de Comunicaciones
pmonsalve@argos.com.co
(57 4) 3198700

DANIELA VALLE

Directora de Comunicaciones
dvalle@argos.com.co

Atmospheric emissions

We are committed to reducing our emissions through actions that achieve more efficient processes and the implementation of abatement measures, contributing to good air quality in the places where we operate.  Our cement-, concrete- and aggregate-production processes generate punctual and scattered particulate matter (PM) emissions, as well as emissions of sulfur oxides (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the clinkering furnaces of the cement plants.

  • For society:  To contribute to mitigating the impact on air quality in the areas where we operate, acting responsibly and promoting relationships of trust with our Stakeholders.

 

  • For the company:  To develop more efficient processes that allow us to reduce our atmospheric emissions and contribute to responsible production, complying with local regulations in the countries where we operate and – in some cases – going beyond compliance with said regulations, contributing to the profitability of the business and preparing to face future challenges.

The “Emissions” pillar of our Environmental Strategy focuses on: Working on the adequate measurement, control and reduction of SO2, NOx and particulate-material (PM) emissions generated by our production processes in the cement business and on the prevention and mitigation of our dispersed emissions of particulate material (dust), originated mainly by the activities of transportation, transfer, unloading and storage of materials in the cement, concrete and aggregate processes. The foregoing, through operational control, optimization and renewal of emission-control systems to achieve continuous improvement.

Industry positioning

We position ourselves as strategic allies for the development of the territories where we are present, directly and through the empowerment of our value chain.  We do it through the construction of housing and sustainable infrastructure that enables the closing of socioeconomic gaps, the generation of employment, the improvement of the quality of life and the reduction of the impacts generated.

  • For society:  To sustainably respond to the growing demand for housing and infrastructure of the world population with the aim of improving people’s quality of life, interconnecting regions and developing innovative solutions. 

 

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    For the company:  To be strategic allies of the actors in our value chain in order to maintain the Company’s leadership in the market, ensure its competitiveness over time and increase the generation of sustainable value.

We are committed to the role we have as a Company in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda goals, the consolidation of territorial development plans where we operate, and the economic reactivation of the countries affected by the pandemic. Therefore, we focus our efforts in the development of sustainable housing and infrastructure projects that contribute to closing socioeconomic gaps, generating employment under safe conditions, environmental protection, and investment in improving people’s health systems and quality of life. 

Our work unfolds in three large lines:

 

Cities for everyone:

 

With nearly 54% of the world  population living in urban areas, the pandemic made inequality of those who live in the cities of the world

manifest. Nearly 90% of the COVID-19 cases are concentrated in the urban

centers that have, among others, challenges associated with access to basic services and decent housing conditions. For this reason, we work together with our value chain to develop projects that benefit the lessfavored population, facilitate access to housing, and promote development in

the areas of influence.

 

Interconnected cities

 

The need to connect urban areas with rural areas to expand the coverage

of basic services, such as health, has been a priority of developing countries

since before the pandemic. Therefore, during 2020, we continued working on creating innovative solutions that allow us to be present in the large projects of the countries and territories where we are present.

 

Intelligent cities

 

In recent years, the acuteness of the effects of climate change became the

risk of greatest impact to the world. Therefore, in the global stage, a need

has grown to transition to a low-carbon economy, an opportunity that becomes more relevant amid post-pandemic recovery scenarios and the effort we are making as a Company to generate new business models that respond to environmental and social challenges. For this reason, our Climate-Change Strategy includes actions aimed at mitigating the impacts associated with our productive processes, adapting our operating model and innovating from the identification of optimization opportunities.

Supplier management

Supplier management is a fundamental pillar of our Supply Chain Strategy; it seeks to build and strengthen relationships with strategic allies who have the ability to contribute to the Company in terms of efficiency, productivity, customer service and innovation.  For this reason, we carefully select our suppliers, transfer knowledge to promote their development, promote good practices and recognize those who are an example of sustainable, innovative, safe and responsible management.

  • For society:  To develop our suppliers, promote transparent practices and responsible conduct, to improve the productivity and competitiveness of our society and support the construction of a better future.

 

  • For the company:  To seek to add value throughout the Company’s supply chain, from the purchase of goods and services to the delivery of products to clients.  Through the mitigation of risks and potentiation of opportunities, the implementation of good contracting practices and service excellence, we create relationships of trust and turn suppliers into business allies.

Our management is divided into five stages:

  1. Identification: We determine the goods and services required for our operation and the category to which they belong, according to our Category Tree. This groups our suppliers into macro-categories which – in turn – are subdivided into two more specific levels.
  2. Pre-Selection: We validate the suitability of suppliers through due diligence and review aspects of sustainability and financial health to ensure long-term relationships.
  3. Negotiation: We select suppliers with high standards, considering technical, economic, sustainability and service aspects.
  4. Retention and evaluation: We carry out knowledge-transfer processes with those suppliers with growth potential.
    • We characterize our suppliers as critical suppliers or with potential risk in sustainability.
    • We measure the management of critical suppliers through performance evaluations in terms of quality, service, occupational health and safety, having constant feedback and identifying key factors for their development.
    • We apply the Sustainability Index to suppliers with potential sustainability risks, to identify challenges, opportunities, and to develop joint action plans in environmental, economic, social and Human-Rights matters.
    • We implement additional controls and development plans to suppliers belonging to categories where the greatest potential risks have been identified. This is how, for example, we develop road-safety strategies for our logistics suppliers; with mining suppliers, we carry out a more rigorous pre-selection process, and with contractors, we have special controls on occupational health and safety.
    • We have a Transparency Line for Stakeholders to report possible improper actions and to implement the pertinent corrective actions. 
  5. Recognition:  Every two years, through Growing Together (Creciendo Juntos), we recognize the suppliers that have shown outstanding performance in innovation, sustainability, health and safety and development and comprehensiveness.

 

Additionally, we have:

 

Contracting manual: transparent action framework that guides the negotiation and contracting of our suppliers to allow the process to be agile, make use of best practices and carry out adequate risk management.

 

Code of conduct for suppliers: in which we define the principles and behaviors that we expect from our allies in terms of respect for human rights, protection of workers, environmental management, business ethics and responsible business practices.

Ethics and compliance

We are convinced that ethics and integrity are fundamental and non-negotiable; that is why we live by these principles, integrating them into our operations, processes, and strategy, thus generating value responsibly for our business, our Stakeholders, and for society.  Through the Global Governance and Compliance Program, our ethics and business conduct system, we seek to promote that our actions are consistent with the pillars of corporate culture and integrity as the guiding principle of our business activity.

  • For society:  To promote transparent, competitive, and sustainable business environments that strengthen trust and ethics in business, generating positive impacts for the market and society.

 

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    For the company:  To promote that our actions are consistent with the pillars of culture and that integrity is the inspiring principle of all members of the Organization.  This is how we consolidate ourselves as a competitive, reliable company in the eyes of investors and other Stakeholders.

We have voluntarily adopted a self-regulatory framework that confirms our commitment to business ethics as a way to promote transparent practices that contribute to the development of competitive environments. This framework* incorporates mandatory principles of ethics and conduct:

 

 

For the proper implementation and application of these guidelines, the strengthening of the ethical culture, the prevention and control of incorrect actions, our Board of Directors approved the Global Governance and Compliance Program (GGCP, in Spanish). The program structure incorporates international best practices to evaluate compliance programs, such as ISO 37001, ISO 19600 and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) guidelines. The program has the following scope:

 

 

Likewise, it systematically groups together the activities carried out to promote integrity in the Company’s actions, its employees, and members

of the value chain, which allow the updating and permanent strengthening

of the program. Operating Scheme:

 

Efficiency and productivity

We materialize our Corporate Strategy through actions aimed at the efficient use of resources, the improvement of our financial flexibility and the maximization of income generation and business profitability.  We focus on the application of efficient, safe production processes and circular economy models, on the diversification of energy management models and on the efficient management of the supply chain.

  • For society:  To provide solutions and products that meet the needs of our clients through the responsible, appropriate use of resources and the incorporation of raw materials and alternative energy sources.

 

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    For the company:  To guarantee business sustainability, optimize working capital and capital investments, reduce costs and the level of indebtedness, and mitigate risks regarding the availability of resources necessary for our operation and the emergence of new business realities, environmental requirements and new regulations.

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