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Dangote lured by coal reserves in Zimbabwe

11 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote has renewed interest in pursuing his US$1.5bn investment in Zimbabwe, according to Naija 247 News. An advance team of geologists have been sent to Zimbabwe for 10 days to locate and survey potential coal deposits. The delegation is expected to meet President Mnangagwa and Mines and Mining Development Minister, Winston Chitando. Dangote is importing coal from Zimbabwe for its cement industry needs. Dangote Industries local representative, Josie Mahach...

Sephaku Cement posts 16% fall in profits in 2017

23 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Dangote-owned Sephaku Cement has posted a 16 per cent drop in its full-year profit, despite revenue increasing by 3.7 per cent to ZAR2.37bn (US$201.1m) in 2017. The South Africa-based company turned a profit of ZAR73.9m in the 2H17, compared with a loss of ZAR16.1m in 1H17, resulting in full-year profit of ZAR58.7m. This was a 16 per cent decrease on the previous year’s profit of ZAR68.9m. EBITDA for the full year was 21.3 per cent, compared with 23.1 per cent in 2016. Sephaku Cement stat...

Dangote Cement records 31% revenue increase in 2017

21 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement Plc has announced its unaudited results for the full-year 2017 period, which show a 31 per cent YoY increase in revenue to NGN805.6bn (US$2.24bn) from NGN615.1bn. Revenue attributable to Nigeria grew by 29.6 per cent YoY, with the sales from the company’s three plants in the country contributing NGN552.36bn. The remaining NGN258.44bn was generated by plants in other African countries, with the revenue of Dangote’s pan-African operations rising 32.5 per cent. Profit after ta...

Investment minister explains cement price rises in Tanzania

21 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Tanzania's Trade and Investment minister Charles Mwijage has clarified the reasons behind the recent rise in building materials in the country. He explained that the local increase in cement prices was partly caused by a breakdown at the Dangote factory in Mtwara. Mr Mwijage added that the breakdown would be fixed within six to seven days. "Dangote is a game changer. They use the market penetration strategy. The approach is to manufacture more and distribute large quantities of cement coun...

Devki Group complains of substandard imports flood

20 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Devki Group's Chairperson, Narendra Raval, has spoken out against imported cement that is disrupting the Kenyan cement market and has criticised the Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KBS) and Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) for not taking action to protect local producers. Narendra Raval said: "Those importing to Kenya are not monitored. Their cement is substandard and below the normal 50kg. This is killing the local industry."  Mr Raval questioned why the KBS and KAM is not ...

Dangote London IPO and Eurobond would need Board approval

19 February 2018, Published under Cement News

According to Bloomberg, Dangote Cement Plc is potentially reviving plans for an Initial Public Offering sale in London that could raise about US$1bn. The Nigerian company is said to have approached investment bankers to discuss a potential UK listing and issuing a debut Eurobond. ICR spoke to a Dangote spokesperson who said, "Such corporate actions as Bloomberg reports would require Board approval..." Currently, Dangote claims no such decision has been taken on either matter.

Foreign producers may find Ethiopian raw materials difficult to secure

16 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement companies in Ethiopia may in future need mining rights from local regional governments as well as Central government to excavate raw materials.  The administration of the East Shewa Zone with the Oromia region, for example, has written to foreign cement firms that mine pumice for cement production to cede some of their operations to the cooperatives of unemployed youths in their areas. The Ethiopian cement market is being fiercely contested by some 17 or more producers. Utilisa...

Dangote Cement Nepal is denied mining licence

02 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement Nepal Pvt Ltd has lost its attempt to win an open bid for a mining licence in Nepal. It has been technically disqualified for the detailed exploration of three limestone mines, after its proposal lacked details about the experienced hands needed for such work.   However, Dangote group General Manager, Hikmat Thapa, said: “We are saddened by news that we are disqualified technically.” The Investment Board Nepal (IBN) had approved the investment in 2013 following an assessment...

Bridge closures in Ghana raise cement prices

19 December 2017, Published under Cement News

The price of cement in Tamale, Ghana, has risen to GHS34-35 per bag (US$7-7.70 per bag), an increase of GHS3, on the back of a cement shortage due to bridge closures in the the Central Gonja District. The price hike is a result of Dangote requiring an alternative transport route and Diamond Cement halting production. The bridges are closed for major repair work to save them from further deterioration.

BUA seeks President's support to end mining rights squabble

07 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Nigerian conglomerate BUA group has asked Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, to intervene in its argument with Dangote group over limestone mining rights. BUA's Chairman, Abdulsamad Rabiu, said Dangote group was undermining security around his plant in southwest Edo state, a region with limestone. Dangote's cement operation is in the central state of Kogi. The mines ministry said BUA group does not have a mining lease for the disputed site, which is the subject of a legal case, and it...