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Ethiopian cement industry faces persistent challenges

06 August 2018, Published under Cement News

While the Ethiopian cement industry has expanded significantly and changed from being a net importer to a net exporter, the industry faces continued challenges, according to Haile Assegide, president of the Ethiopian Cement Producers’ Association in a key note address at the third annual East African Cement, Concrete and Energy Summit. A shortage of skilled manpower, lack of foreign currency and erratic power supply all continue to haunt domestic cement plants. Mr Assegide said that there ...

PPC expects profit increase in FY18

18 June 2018, Published under Cement News

South Africa’s PPC expects its net profit attributable to shareholders to increase between 55-65 per cent for the financial year ended 31 March, compared with ZAR93m (US$6.9m) of the previous year. However, the group’s EBITDA from operations is expected to decline by 5-12 per cent YoY. "Group EBITDA has been negatively impacted by costs related to corporate action, restructuring and separation costs, which were communicated previously. Excluding this impact and the fluctuation in exchange...

Gunmen kill Dangote Cement's country manager in Ethiopia

17 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Deep Kamara, Dangote Cement’s country manager in Ethiopia, was killed by gunmen on Wednesday while returning to Addis Ababa from the facility which he managed in the country, according to Reuters. Reports suggest that Mr Kamara’s secretary and driver were also shot in the incident which occurred in the unstable Oromiya region. "The company’s director died following an attack by unknown gunmen that took place while he was returning to Addis Ababa from the factory alongside two company emp...

A strong domestic market drives Dangote's 1Q18 results

27 April 2018, Published under Cement News

This week Dangote Cement Group reported on its 1Q18 business results that saw group revenues surge up 16.3 per cent to NGN242.1bn (US$0.67bn). Cement sales in Nigeria have been particularly strong rising by 5.3 per cent to 3.97Mt, while exports from the company’s homeland have risen to 211,000t in 1Q18 with Togo, Niger and Ghana the main export destinations. Pan-African sales increased 4.4 per cent YoY to 2.24Mt. "The first quarter of 2018 has started strongly with substantial increases ...

Dangote Cement Group's revenue up 16% in 1Q18

25 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement group released its 1Q18 results and reported revenue up 16.3 per cent to NGN242.1bn (US$672m). This gives Dangote a market share of approximately 66 per cent. Group EBITDA rose by 22.2 per cent to NGN 125.9bn, while Pan-African EBITDA increased by 77.3 per cent to NGN13.1bn. In the domestic market of Nigeria, Dangote sold 3.7Mt of cement in the 1Q18, up 5.3 per cent on 1Q17 after slightly lower sales in January and February. Of Nigeria’s total 1Q18 sales, nearly 211,000t was...

Inchini Bedrock Cement is investigated for tax evasion

26 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Ethiopia-based cement producer, Inchini Bedrock Cement Plc, is being investigated by the Office of the Attorney General for alleged tax evasion of ETB133m (US$4.8m) over the span of six years. The Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authority (ERCA) reports that the company is liable for ETB276m (US$10m), says All Africa. Inchini has declared losses in all but two of its years since its establishment seven years ago. But the Authority's Large Taxpayers Office (LTO) refuted these claims and conduc...

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...

PPC 1H17 earnings strong on robust Zimbabwe and Rwanda sales

23 November 2017, Published under Cement News

South Africa’s PPC Ltd reported in its inaudited 1H17 accounts a 36 per cent YoY rise in first-half earnings, supported by a strong performance in Zimbabwe and Rwanda. Headline earnings per share increased from ZAR0.14 to ZAR0.19 per share. Group revenue edged up one per cent to ZAR5.188bn from ZAR156m in the comparable year-ago period, while EBITDA advanced four per cent to ZAR1.2bn. Volumes sold increased by two per cent to around 3Mt. Net profit attributable to PPC shareholders increas...

Habesha Cement forced to halt production

31 October 2017, Published under Cement News

Habesha Cement, has halted its cement production at its plant near Holeta city, Oromia State due to a security threat. The decision was made after young anti-government protestors occupied the cement manufacturing plant which was inaugurated last April. Mesfin Abi (Eng), CEO of Habesha Cement SC, explained production was suspended. "More than 20 youngsters from the locality and other places occupied the mining area hampering our operation. We are working with the local community and admini...

Dangote earns US$86m in revenues from Ethiopia

14 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement earned revenues of more than US$85.8m from its plant in Ethiopia in the financial year that ended 8 July. Export volumes of more than 2Mt contributed significantly to sales revenues, including some US$1m from export sales to Kenya and Djibouti, according to Tariku Alemayehu, Dangote Cement’s deputy director of sales and marketing. Dangote Cement’s plant is located near the town of Muger, Oromia, some 85km west of Addis Ababa. Limestone reserves total around 223Mt. The 2....