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Botswana to boost production by 20% by September

20 May 2024, Published under Cement News

Cement production in Botswana is expected to increase by 20 per cent in preparation for new import restrictions being introduced by the country’s government from the strat of October. In a move designed to control the influx of imported cement, the Botswana government announced its intention to limit cement imports into the country to 1000kg quantities and no less, reports The Voice.  Cement demand in the country is currently around 0.6Mta with local cement production estimated at 0.45Mta...

Botswana to restrict cement imports

23 April 2024, Published under Cement News

Botswana’s government plans to introduce new restrictions for the import of cement in 50kg bags and only allow 1000kg bags from 1 October 2024, according to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mmusi Kgafela. This then provides an opportunity to look for partners and participate in this wealth creating initiative,' he said. The ban on 50kg bags would enable wealth creation by re-packaging cement in different bag sizes.

PPC reports 21% advance in revenue in 1HFY24

21 November 2023, Published under Cement News

PPC has posted revenue of ZAR6172m (US$335.2m) in the 1HFY24 (ended 30 September 2023), up 20.9 per cent YoY. EBITDA advanced from ZAR728m in the 1HFY23 to ZAR1069m in the same period a year later, while the EBITDA margin advanced three percentage points to 17.3 per cent. Capex over the six-month period came in at ZAR220m. Operating profit improved from ZAR273m to ZAR675m. In the 1HFY24, the South Africa and Botswana business contributed 57 per cent of group revenue (1HFY23: 68 per cent...

PPC expects drop in South Africa and Botswana sales volumes

17 March 2023, Published under Cement News

South Africa-based PPC forecasts a 4-7 per cent drop in sales volumes in its domestic market and Botswana for the 12 months ending 31 March 2023, according to Reuters. To protect and restore its EBITDA margins it plans further cost reduction measures across its portfolio. Capital expenditure for South Africa and Botswana is expected to be in the range of ZAR280m-310m (US$15.25m-16.89m) for the FY22-23. The company expects net debt in the two countries to be between ZAR725m-775m at year-...

PPC posts 23% drop in EBITDA

17 November 2022, Published under Cement News

PPC Ltd , which is currently finalising its results for the six months ended 30 September 2022, has posted a 23 per cent YoY drop in EBITDA to ZAR728m (US$42.1m) in the six months ended 30 September 2022. Excluding PPC Zimbabwe, EBITDA fell 12 per cent YoY. Net debt continued to improve, coming in at ZAR677m on 30 September 2022, compared to ZAR1009m in March of this year. According to the company, shareholders should expect earnings per share (EPS) for the 2022 six-month period to “diff...

PPC Group revenues rise 9%

16 September 2022, Published under Cement News

PPC's group revenues, excluding Zimbabwe, for the five months ended August 2022, increased by nine per cent, driven by robust demand in Rwanda but impacted by hyperinflation accounting. Group cement sales volumes (including Zimbabwe) for the period were in line with the previous comparable period as subdued demand in South Africa and the impact of a maintenance-related kiln shutdown in Zimbabwe were offset by robust demand growth in Rwanda. In addition, cash generation remains positive and...

Cheetah Cement Botswana to reduce country's cement imports

19 August 2022, Published under Cement News

Cheetah Cement Botswana (Pty) Ltd, which includes investment from Chinese backers, has promised to play a crucial role in helping Botswana cut its cement imports to zero.  Botswana needs 620,000tpa of cement and the southern African country has been heavily relying on imported cement before the Chinese company was set up, Hui Ming, said the company's general manager. "We are earmarking an annual output of 900,000t of cement as of next June," said Hui Ming. Hui said the company is looki...

PPC not to raise capital and focus on growth

29 September 2021, Published under Cement News

South Africa-based PPC has successfully refinanced its debt and is close to finalising its restructuring. Therefore, the company will not require a capital raise, said its CEO, Roland van Wijnen. The new debt facilities of ZAR2.1bn have an extended maturity profile with the long-term facility of ZAR1.5bn being repayable over 3-5 years. The margins were reduced across all facilities to reflect PPC’s improved credit risk profile. “The organisation is now in calmer seas after a hectic 18 mo...

Matsiloje Portland Cement could reopen by year end

20 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Matsiloje Portland Cement (MPC), one of only two homegrown cement producers in Botswana, is considering a return to production by the end of the year following its closure in 2018. Managing Director, Rachit Josh, told BusinessWeek the company was ‘very optimistic’ it could resume operations and was currently in talks with a reputable investor with a view of entering into a partnership to re-open the plant. "I cannot comment on what the exact situation is regarding the plant, but a...

Financial restructuring positions PCC for long-term recovery

25 June 2021, Published under Cement News

Competent management is transforming PPC's prospects for the better. Under CEO Roland van Wijnen, the company has deconsolidated the company's Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) operations, significantly de-risking the business, and improved its gearing with the sale of its lime business. Together with the tail wind provided by volume recovery in the core South African market, which has enabled the company to meet its interest payments, the JSE-listed cement producer may now be in a ...