27 de febrero de 2015 / 6:48 / hace 2 años

BRIEF-Bekaert full-year EBITDA rises

Feb 27 (Reuters) - Bekaert NV :

* Gross profit of 486 million euros(15.1 pct margin) compared with 482 million euros(15.1 pct) in 2013

* FY EPS: eur 1.51 compared with eur 0.42

* Consolidated sales of eur 3.2 billion (+0.9 pct) and combined sales of eur 4.0 billion (-1.7%)

* FY EBITDA of eur 342 million (10.6 pct) compared with eur 297 million (9.3 pct)

* Capital expenditure (plant, property and equipment) reached eur 133 million, up 40 pct from last year

* Will propose to annual meeting of shareholders a gross dividend of eur 0.85 per share, unchanged from previous year

* Company also signed an agreement for acquisition of a ropes entity in australia early 2015

* Currency impact: eur -72 million (-2.3 pct) on consolidated sales and eur -144 million (-3.5%) on combined sales

* Expect the low running rate of the fourth quarter of 2014, driven particularly by a downturn in Asia, to continue in the first quarter of 2015

* Capital expenditure (plant, property and equipment) reached  133 million, up 40 pct from last year

* Do expect a positive impact of currency movements as of Q1 and we anticipate improved demand in the balance of the year

* Effects were highly negative due to the average depreciation of the Brazilian real for the full year 2014

* Does not project a major turnaround in profitability in 2015 due to persistent price pressure and increased transportation expenses as well as partial volume losses caused by the fire in rome Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom; +44 207 542 1810)

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