HeidelbergCement to write off €3.4bn due to COVID-19 pandemic

German building materials giant HeidelbergCement will write off around €3.4 billion before tax due to the coronavirus crisis, German financial media reports.
Quarry Products / July 9, 2020
HeidelbergCement is to write off €3.4bn due to COVID-19

The write off is said to follow a revaluation of the group's multi-national asset portfolio. Around a fifth of the impairment of value reportedly relates to assets from the acquisition of Bergamo, Italy-based Italcementi, which has been particularly hard hit by COVID-19. Around half of the impairments are said to be attributable to UK assets. 

In February this year, HeidelbergCement launched a programme that focuses on maintaining liquidity and cost savings. The measures are likely to take effect in the short term and partially compensate for declining sales in Q2 2020.

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