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GCC Announces Credit Rating Upgrade to BB+ by Fitch Ratings

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico, Feb. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, S.A.B. de C.V., or GCC, (BMV: GCC*), a leading producer of cement and concrete in the United States and Mexico, today announced that Fitch Ratings has raised the Company's local and foreign currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) to 'BB+' from 'BB'. Fitch also upgraded GCC's USD$260 million senior notes due 2024 to 'BB+' from ‘BB’, both with a stable outlook.

“We are extremely pleased with this news from Fitch Ratings,” commented Luis Carlos Arias, Chief Financial Officer. “The upgrade reflects our continued commitment to improve our business profile, complemented with financial strength as we remain focused on enhancing our position within key markets.”

Fitch's report cites five major drivers in rating upgrade for GCC including: rising oil well cement demand, expected downtrend in GCC’s future leverage, solid operating performance with continued projected demand, the Company’s ability to generate positive free cash flow through the most recent industry downturn with relatively high profitability and GCC’s leading market share in the state of Chihuahua with strong positions in Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico and western Texas.

Last year, Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings (S&P) also raised GCC’s long-term corporate rating to BB+ from BB, with a stable outlook. S&P also raised the rating on GCC’s senior unsecured notes due 2024 to BB+.

About GCC

GCC is a leading supplier of cement, concrete, aggregates, and construction‐related services in the United States and Mexico, with an annual cement production capacity of 5.8 million metric tons. Founded in 1941, the Company’s shares are listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GCC.

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For further information, contact:

GCC Investor Relations:  
Ricardo Martinez
+52 (614) 442 3176
+ 1 (303) 739 5943

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