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National Cement's acquisition of ARM blocked

22 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The acquisition of ARM Cement for US$50m by National Cement has hit a legal block. ARM's former CEO and leading shareholder, Pradeep Paunrana, has challenged the sale in the High Court, saying that ARM Cement has been undervalued and that his consortium had offered a bid of US$65m for ARM Cement. The administrator of the sale, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), claims that the US$65m bid was turned down becasue it was not accompanied by proof of funds among other reasons. Instead, PwC approved t...

Kenya’s cement conundrum

03 June 2019, Published under Cement News

While recent times have seen the Kenya cement industry expand and new players arrive, the sector now faces a conundrum. While economic and construction forecasts indicate sound cement demand going forward, cement overcapacity has led to price pressures that show no sign of abating and which are affecting the bottom line of market players. A wave of industry consolidation in the short- to medium term cannot be ruled out. By Lisa Kimathi, Standard Investment Bank, Kenya. Despite forecas...

ARM Cement's Kenyan assets sold to National Cement

22 May 2019, Published under Cement News

The Kenyan assets of ARM Cement have been sold to National Cement Co for US$50m, according to a statement by its administrators. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. The company was placed under administration last year by some of its creditors over what has been reported to be a US$190m debt. The news follows PriceWaterhouseCoopers starting preparations to dispose of ARM’s stake in South Africa’s Mafikeng Cement for KES300m (US$2.974m) in early April.

ARM Cement expected to sell shares in Mafikeng Cement

10 April 2019, Published under Cement News

ARM Cement is expected to sell its 70 per cent stake in South African subsidiary Mafikeng Cement (Pty) Ltd. PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which is administering ARM Cement, has started preparations to dispose of the stake in Mafikeng Cement for KES300m (US$2.974m). The Mafikeng plant was to be established with a cement capacity of 1Mta and ARM Cement invested KES75m in the company to buy a controlling stake in 2010. The project includes mining rights to limestone reserves in the northwest of Sout...

Bidders for ARM urged to formalise bids by end of January

02 January 2019, Published under Cement News

ARM Cement's administrators, PriceWaterhouse Coopers have completed a transaction timetable that will see bidders need to make their bids for the stricken Kenyan Cement producer by the end of January 2019. ARM Cement is reported to be KES10.2bn (US$100.1m) in debt, said Business Daily. ARM's creditors will review the terms of the best offer, negotiate with the investor and complete the transaction.

Raysut Cement to acquire stakes in Indian cement producers in 1Q19

04 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Raysut Cement of Oman plans to invest US$700m in the Indian cement market by 2022. The cement producer intends for approximately US$200m of this total to be invested in acquiring majority stakes in two Indian cement producers in 1Q19. The investment is part of the cement producer's plans to expand its overall production capacity to 20Mta, while the Muscat Securities Market-listed firm is also scouting for acquisitions in Africa, according to the Hindu Business Line. "We are in discussion...

Aliko Dangote has targeted Kenyan producer believed to be ARM

09 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement is understood to be in talks to buy the troubled Kenyan cement maker ARM. This follows an interview of Aliko Dangote by Bloomberg News in which he said: "There is a company which... has operations in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda and we are talking to the company to see if we can take it over," said Mr Dangote. ARM was not named in the discussion, but it is the only cement producer operating in the three markets that were mentioned. ARM has integrated cement plants in Kalol...

Kigali Cement plant auction postponed

26 September 2018, Published under Cement News

The auctioning of Kigali Cement’s plant in Nyarugenge, Rwanda, has been postponed, allowing more time for talks between the involved parties. The sale was being made to allow the company to pay its creditors, Rwanda Enterprise Investment Company (REIC). However, Kigali Cement and REIC have now agreed to hold talks, according to Aloys Bizimana, court baliff in charge of the auction. "We can postpone one, two or three times but we cannot continue [to postpone the auction] forever. We have ...

ARM Cement placed under administration

20 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Kenyan cement producer ARM Cement Ltd has been placed under administration. Commercial banks took control of the cement producer in a bid to recover the KES15bn (US$14.9m) owed to them. Nigeria-headquartered UBA Bank was appointed joint administrators from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on Friday. Muniu Thoiti and George Weru of PwC took over the management of the cement maker on Friday. Mr Weru said the main task is to take control of the firm after which they will conduct an in-depth anal...

Linus Gitahi is appointed Chair of ARM Cement Board

17 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Linus Gitahi, former Nation Media Chief Executive, has been appointed the Chair of the ARM Cement Board following Wilfred Murungi's retirement. Deputy Managing Director Surendra Bhatia has also retired from the position effective immediately with Thierry Metro appointed as a non-executive, non-independent director. "The Board of Directors take this opportunity to extend its gratitude to the outgoing Chairman of the company and Deputy Managing Director for their immense contribution to the c...