Ashaka Cement approves Lafarge Africa's acquisition deal

Ashaka Cement approves Lafarge Africa's acquisition deal
31 October 2017

Shareholders of Ashaka Cement Plc have approved the complete acquisition of the company by Lafarge Africa, in a deal with a cash consideration of NGN604.092m (US$16.8m) and total value of NGN5.97bn.

The shareholders of Ashaka Cement agreed to allow Lafarge increase its stake in the company from 86.51 per cent to 99.99 per cent. However, the deal is subject to approval by the regulatory authorities, said Ashaka Cement.

Meanwhile, Ashaka Cement Plc's energy strategy has helped it grow its earnings by 30 per cent, in spite of environment and operational challenges. Mrs Edith Onwuchekwa, company chairman, stated that in addition to its turnaround plans, the company had utilised 82 per cent of coal over the period. According to her, despite lower cement demand and gas shortages, the company's turnaround plan and energy strategy delivered EBITDA margins of 30 per cent.

She added, "The erection of a 16MW coal-fired captive power plant at Ashaka is nearing completion and will significantly ensure the stability of electric power to the plant and the optimidation of our energy costs at the plant."

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