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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. ...

India champions blended cements

06 May 2022, Published under Cement News

India's production of ordinary Portland cement (OPC) continues to fall as the manufacture of blended cements, such as Portland pozzolana cement (PPC), Portland slag cement (PSC) and composite cements based on granulated blastfurnace slag and fly ash, increase on the back of strong demand. Blended cements currently account for 73 per cent of total cement production in India, compared to 27 per cent for OPC, according to the recent GCCA India report, ‘Blended cement - green, durable & sustain...

South Africa’s long walk to recovery

08 February 2022, Published under Cement News

While 2021 saw some pick-up in South Africa’s cement market, analysts do not expect a full recovery before mid-2024. By Industry Insight, South Africa. As the COVID-19 mutation Omicron sweeps through the country, South African cement producers see market recovery postponed (Photo credit: AfriSam) The South African economy remains in crisis. Although there was a recovery in local production and consumption in 2021, record lows due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a lockdown-ravage...

PPC to build 30MW solar plant in Zimbabwe

27 January 2022, Published under Cement News

South Africa-based PPC will build a 30MW solar power facility at its Colleen Bawn clinker plant in Zimbabwe as part of its decarbonisation strategy. The clinker works will use 15MW for its own power needs and feed the balance into the Zimbabwean electricity grid. The project complements the Zimbabwean government’s drive to increase power generation in the country, important in achieving its Vision 2030 goals. Work on the solar plant is expected to start this year. “At Colleen Bawn in Z...

PPC posts better-than-expected 1H in Zimbabwe

25 November 2021, Published under Cement News

South Africa-based PPC has said its cement sales volume in Zimbabwe surpassed expectations as sales increased by 19 per cent in the six months to September as cement demand in the African country saw double-digit growth. Individual customers as well as government projects drove the increase in sold volumes. Compared with the equivalent period in 2019, PPC’s sales volumes advanced 31 per cent. As a result, revenue increased by 55 per cent to ZAR1.2bn (US$75.7m). PPC received US$2.7m in divide...

PPC sees 20% YoY rise in revenue

23 November 2021, Published under Cement News

South Africa’s PPC Ltd has announced a 20 per cent YoY increase in revenue to ZAR5.13bn (US$324.5m) in the first half of the year, ended 30 September, compared with ZAR4.27bn in the year-ago period. The results were supported by a 12 per cent YoY rise in cement volumes. Group EBITDA advanced 13 per cent to ZAR945m from ZAR839m. Roland van Wijnen, CEO, said: "Team PPC delivered a solid performance, showing results from our efforts to reposition the business and ensure financial sustainabilit...

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...

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 ...

PPC reports 3% increase in revenue

22 June 2021, Published under Cement News

South Africa’s PPC has reported a three per cent YoY increase in group revenue for the year ended 31 March 2021, rising to ZAR8938m (US$626.07m) from ZAR8671m, due to a recovery in cement sales following the easing of lockdown restrictions. Opportunistic cement sales resulting from its ability to respond to an increase in demand in some markets also contributed to revenue growth. Excluding Zimbabwe, group revenue increased by seven per cent YoY, according to the group. "The group experienc...