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Zimbabwe boosts PPC sales growth

26 September 2023, Published under Cement News

PPC has recorded a three per cent advance in sales volumes in the five months to August 2023, compared to the same period in 2022, reports The Herald Zimbabwe. According to the company, the increase is being attributed to strong growth in its Zimbabwe market, which saw cement sales volumes expand by 42 per cent over the same timeframe. In January this year, the Zimbabwean government banned imports of cement, which has helped prop up domestic cement sales. “Group cement sales volumes (in...

PPC reports improved results in 5MFY23-24

20 September 2023, Published under Cement News

Revenue for PPC ’s South Africa and Botswana operations (excluding Zimbabwe and Rwanda) increased by five per cent YoY in the first five months of FY23-24 (April-August 2023), supported by higher average selling prices but lower sales volumes. Cement sales volumes in the two markets fell by six per cent YoY with inland volumes in August 2023 continuing their decline but at a lower rate. Coastal deliveries saw a downturn in volumes following higher-than-usual rainfall and weak retail demand....

PPC appoints new CEO

05 September 2023, Published under Cement News

South Africa-based cement producer PPC has appointed Matias Cardarelli as its new CEO. Mr Cardarelli was employed previously as CEO and chairperson of Natal Portland Cement , part of Intercement , in the last five years. Prior he also held posts at Amreyah Cement in Egypt and Yguazú Cementos in Paraguay. In addition, following the onset of COVID-19 and a new entrant into the Mozambican cement market, his portfolio had been expanded to include Cimentos de Mozambique , where he su...

PPC seeking buyers for CIMERWA stake

21 March 2023, Published under Cement News

South Africa-based PPC is looking to sell its shareholding in Rwandan cement producer CIMERWA . “PPC is selling its 51 per cent stake in CIMERWA and the government will discuss if it is able to buy the stake,” Rwanda Development Board CEO, Clare Akamanzi told a news agency. “PPC is looking for buyers.” A sale of its stake in CIMERWA would enable PPC to focus more on its South African core operations and further reduce debt. CIMERWA operates a 0.6Mta integrated cement plant in Bugar...

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 in talks to sell Zimbabwe business

07 February 2023, Published under Cement News

PPC Ltd is reportedly in talks to sell its Zimbabwe business. According to Bloomberg, discussions are at an early stage and no potential buyers have been named as yet. PPC is believed to be selling the Zimbabwe company for around US$200m.  PPC Zimbabwe  currently runs a 0.76Mta grinding plant in Bulawayo , a 0.825Mta clinker plant in Colleen Bawn , and a 0.7Mta grinding works in Harare .   

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...

PPC calls for SA government action on cement dumping

04 July 2022, Published under Cement News

PPC has urged South Africa’s government to investigate “cement dumping” by countries such as Vietnam. It believes that the survival of the local cement industry may be under threat if the practice is left unchecked. PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen said that the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition should also consider broad import tariffs for cement to avoid new countries dumping cement and filling the void left by countries that have been subject to new dumping tariffs. “There will a...

PPC reports 11% increase in revenue in FY22

28 June 2022, Published under Cement News

PPC has reported group revenue for the 12 months ended 31 March 2022 of ZAR9882m (US$621.9m), an increase of 11 per cent YoY. Excluding Zimbabwe, group revenue was up five per cent, while revenue in PPC Zimbabwe alone advanced by 34 per cent on the back of a 28 per cent upturn in volumes. Profit before tax from continuing operations came in at ZAR186m, compared to ZAR1765m in the year-ago period, due in part to PPC Zimbabwe incurring a loss before tax of ZAR67m, and impairments of ZAR38m. ...