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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...

Lafarge Africa to cut debt by US$270m

01 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Africa will use some of the funds raised by a NGN131.6bn (US$415m) rights issue to cut debt by US$270m, as reported by Reuters. The company inherited US$507m in shareholder loans and US$88m of third-party foreign currency debt when it acquired UNICEM in 2015. This debt would expose Lafarge Africa to a foreign currency loss due to the sharp fall in value of the naira. However, the rights issue is expected to help reduce the debt by almost half. Lafarge Africa announced a pretax ...

Lafarge Africa buys out shareholders of Ashaka Cement

24 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Africa has bought out the minority shareholders of Ashaka Cement and issued 85.26m shares as part of a share exchange agreement, reports The Nation. The Nigerian cement manufacturer will now become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lafarge Africa. The voluntary delisting of Ashaka Cement from the Nigerian stock exchange and its subsequent consolidation by Lafarge Africa, will offer shareholders a more diverse revenue stream. Lafarge Africa acquired a majority stake in Ashaka after ...

Dangote Cement inaugurates plant in Rep of Congo

23 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement will inaugurate its 1.5Mta cement plant in the Republic of Congo on Thursday. The plant is expected to create approximately 1000 jobs and will become Dangote's 10th fully-operational plant in Africa. The US$500m works produced its first bag of cement on 7 August. Unaudited 3Q results show that the new plant has almost doubled the size of the cement sector in Congo, according to Vanguard. Meanwhile, Dangote Cement saw an increase of 7.5 per cent in pan-African cement sal...

Lafarge Africa receive shareholders endorsement for merger

15 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Africa have received the shareholders endorsement for a merger with Unicem and Atlas Cement Company Ltd, according to Nigerian newspaper The Guardian. "The merger is part of the asset consolidation we began in June 2014. It will solidify our market position in Nigeria particularly our presence in the South-South and South-East regions," said Michel Pucherchos, CEO of Lafarge Africa. Unicem has a cement production capacity of 5Mta at its Mfamosing plant, whilst Atlas has a capaci...

Dangote Cement

01 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement has seen its group revenue increase by 36.5 per cent to NGN603.8bn (US$1.68bn) in the first nine months of 2017. In its unaudited results, the company also announced a 64.9 per cent improvement in group EBITDA to NGN294.3bn, with Nigerian EBITDA advancing by 64.8 per cent to NGN270.5bn while its pan-African EBITDA grew by 43.5 per cent to NGN32.3bn. Group sales volumes during the period slipped by 10.1 per cent, mainly due to the Nigerian market, which saw volumes contract ...

BUA Chairman says the cement industry is vital for Nigeria's foreign exchange

01 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, chairman of BUA Group, has said that the local cement manufacturers produce over 25Mt cement thus saving the country US$2m annually in foreign exchange. "The most important thing I think is that the cement industry in Nigeria will continue to save Nigeria a lot of foreign exchange. If for example, you look at what we have produced in Nigeria today, maybe 25Mt to 30Mt, if we quantify that in terms of foreign exchange it is almost two billion dollars per year," Raibu...

Ashaka Cement approves Lafarge Africa's acquisition deal

31 October 2017, Published under Cement News

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 gr...

Dangote Group implores Nigeria's federal government to back concrete roads

02 October 2017, Published under Cement News

Devakumar Edwin, executive director, strategy, portfolio development and Projects, Dangote Industries Limited, has appealed to Nigeria's federal government to embrace concrete road and use cement for the construction of its roads in Nigeria for durability purpose. Aside from being very cheap, he said concrete roads are more durable and that its maintenance cost is near zero. According to him: "We are pushing for Nigeria to do a concrete road. It is cheaper to do a concrete road that will la...

Dangote sets eyes on PPC Group

11 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Aliko Dangote is considering counter offers for the PPC Group and as such could spark a bidding contest for South Africa’s largest cement producer, reported The Star who quoted people close to the subject. Dangote Cement sees the bid as a way to accelerate its pan-African expansion, but the company is only one of several companies keeping a close eye on the bidding. PPC has already received one rival offer to the AfriSam Group bid from Canada-based Fairfax Financial Holdings and both bids...