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PPC records sales growth

06 February 2018, Published under Cement News

PPC reported that it has seen its sales volume grow by over 20 per cent YoY in Rwanda and Zimbabwe, for the nine-month period ended 31 December 2017. Assisted by stable pricing and a positive export performance, volumes increased by 20-30 per cent YoY in Rwanda. Similarly, its Zimbabwean operations registered an uptake of 30-40 per cent when compared to the year-ago period. However, PPC estimates that overall cement demand in South Africa declined by 3-4 per cent in the full-year 2017. ...

PPC improves liquidity position

22 January 2018, Published under Cement News

PPC has rescheduled the debt related to its new plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo, improving its liquidity position. The South Africa-based cement producer has also secured a two-year capital repayment moratorium. As a result, the total capital requirements for PPC Barnet DRC would be limited to interest payments from this month up to January 2020. PPC has a 69 per cent stake in PPC Barnet DRC, a joint venture with Barnet Group, which has a 21 per cent shareholding, and the In...

CRH

03 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Having started a process of due diligence, CRH has decided not to proceed with a bid for the African cement producer Pretoria Portland Cement.

LafargeHolcim withdraws from further talks with PPC

14 December 2017, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has ended talks with South Africa’s PPC about a potential deal, said the Swiss cement producer in a brief statement. The step comes only a day after Canada’s Fairfax Africa Investments Proprietary Ltd pulled out its attempt to buy 23 per cent of the South African cement producer and a week after CRH exits talks with PPC.

Fairfax drops plans to buy 23% of PPC

12 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Canada's Fairfax Africa Investments Proprietary Ltd has pulled out of its attempt to buy 23 per cent of South African cement producer PPC for ZAR2bn (US$146.34m), PPC said on Monday. "On 8 December 2017, the Independent Board received Fairfax's formal notification that it will not proceed with the partial offer and that, accordingly, the Fairfax partial offer circular will not be posted to PPC shareholders," PPC said in a statement. Fairfax offered to buy 23 per cent of PPC in September...

CRH exits PPC talks but LafargeHolcim discussions continue

07 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Irish cement producer CRH has decided to pull out of the process to bid for rival PPC, the South African company said on Thursday. Last month, CRH made an undisclosed cash bid for PPC and had been given time for due diligence and to submit an updated bid, but CRH has now opted to drop its interest in PPC. "CRH has decided not to submit an updated expression of interest and therefore considers it appropriate to withdraw from the Independent Board’s process," PPC said in a statement. In...

PPC plans Western Cape mega plant

30 November 2017, Published under Cement News

PPC is planning to build a new large-capacity plant in the Western Cape, South Africa. The company is expected to make a formal announcement about the new works next year, according to Business Report. Johan Claassen, interim CEO of PPC, said the company had decided to carry out a feasibility study on a larger-than-previously planned facility at its Riebeeck works. The environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the previous project had been approved, but the revised scope of the new pla...

PPC board rejects Fairfax offer

24 November 2017, Published under Cement News

The board of PPC has advised its shareholders not to accept the offer of Fairfax Africa Investment Pty Ltd to buy a stake in the South African cement producer. The company will continue talks with LafargeHolcim and CRH on the sale. The Takeover Regulation Panel has extended the deadline for the Fairfax offer to 12 December 2017, according to the cement producer’s board. Fairfax has signalled its intention to make an offer to acquire ordinary shares representing ZAR2bn (US$144.1m) of PPC’s...

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...

CRH plans cash bid for PPC

14 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Ireland’s CRH has registered its interest in submitting a cash bid for South African cement producer PPC as it takes on AfriSam and LafargeHolcim. While PPC did not disclose the amount of the bid, it said it would give the Irish group time for due diligence and to submit an updated bid next week which would include a value per share for the company. "Historically, it would have been unusual for CRH to enter a bidding situation for a listed company, given management's preference for pu...