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LafargeHolcim in talks with PPC

27 October 2017, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim announced that it is in talks with the board of directors of PPC regarding a possible transaction in Africa. “No agreement with PPC has yet been reached and no assurance can be given at this stage that a transaction will materialise,” said the building materials producer in a brief statement.  

Dangote Cement group increases revenues by 37% in 9M17

20 October 2017, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement’s overall group revenue increased by 36.5 per cent from NGN442.1bn (US$1.08bn) in the first 9M16 to NGN603.6bn in 9M2017, despite a 10.1 per cent fall in group cement volumes to 16.5Mt, as the impact of price increases dampened demand in Nigeria. The group’s profit for the period was NGN193.1bn, up 44.6 per cent compared to NGN133.5bn in 2016. “Dangote Cement has continued to perform strongly in 2017 with revenues up nearly 37 per cent despite a fall in volumes. In our key ...

Workers strike at PPC Slurry

18 October 2017, Published under Cement News

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said that its members of PPC Cement's Slurry plant near Mafikeng, South Africa, have embarked on a strike over wages. The NUM said that PPC must close the wage gaps that exist within the company, as it feels that the management is creating the wage gaps instead of closing them. This comes after the NUM gave PPC Cement a notice to strike on Sunday last week and workers commenced with the industrial action on Monday. The NUM demands a 12 per cent wag...

PIC increases shareholding in PPC

17 October 2017, Published under Cement News

Cement producer PPC reported on Monday, 16 October, that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) had increased its shareholding in the South African cement company, which is currently mulling bids from several parties that are vying for its shares. AfriSam, supported by Canada's Fairfax Africa Investments, made an offer in September to buy R2bn of PPC ordinary shares at ZAR5.75 a share (US$0.43). The offer includes a ZAR4bn recapitalisation of AfriSam before any merger. The PIC, which i...

PPC is a new target for CRH

13 October 2017, Published under Cement News

CRH is among companies considering a counterbid for PPC that could trump an offer by Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings, according to Bloomberg sources. PPC’s future has been considering a merger with rival AfriSam Group failed and Toronto-based insurer Fairfax made a partial offer for ZAR2bn (US$149.5m) of PPC stock at ZAR5.75/share. PPC has a market value of ZAR11bn (€689m). Fairfax’s offer is conditional on PPC merging with AfriSam, and the South African company has appointed Invest...

PPC merger opposition grows

11 October 2017, Published under Cement News

Visio Capital Management, which holds seven per cent of PPC shares, is the latest investment manager to object to a partial conditional offer for AfriSam-Fairfax merger. Visio Capital’s position sees at least 25 per cent of shareholders opposing the merger. Earlier this week, Value Capital Partners, which owns around five per cent of PPC stock, had rejected the offer made by Canada’s Fairfax Africa Investments saying the intrinsic value of PPC was at least ZAR10/share. Fairfax had underta...

Dangote pull out of potential PPC acqusition deal

09 October 2017, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement Plc, pulled out of its bid to acquire the share capital of PPC Ltd. In a regulatory filing at the weekend, Dangote Cement board of directors stated that it has notified PPC board of directors that it no longer has an interest in acquiring the South African firm’s share capital. Dangote Cement had last month confirmed that it had initiated a bid to acquire PPC Lt. It, however, noted that the acquisition talks were still at the preliminary stage and the transaction remained...

Prudential Investment Managers advise against AfriSam merger with PPC

03 October 2017, Published under Cement News

Prudential Investment Managers, one of the top three shareholders in PPC, says it opposes a proposed merger between South Africa's largest cement group and its unlisted South African rival AfriSam. Prudential, which holds 13-14 per cent of PPC, said it wanted "other shareholders to think twice" about such a transaction. It said AfriSam’s recent revised offer, which had the backing of Canada’s Fairfax Africa Investments, undervalued the group. It believed PPC’s share price would double in th...

PPC raises prices and volumes

29 September 2017, Published under Cement News

South Africa-based cement producer PPC said it improved effective selling prices in its South African cement business and is steadily increasing output at its operations in the rest of Africa. The company saw a rise in volumes of 15 and 35 per cent in Zimbabwe and Rwanda, respectively in the five months to August, according to an investor presentation at the RMB Morgan Stanley Big Five Investor Conference in Cape Town. Effective selling prices increased by two per cent in South Africa ...


25 September 2017, Published under Cement News

A bidding war for PPC is underway after Dangote Cement submitted a takeover deal of cash and shares to the company last week. The offer comes after PPC received a joint offer from its domestic rival AfriSam Group and Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings. Dangote has said that it has two banks willing to support its offer but declined to name the lenders. “The market in South Africa needs consolidation. It’s the right thing for us to go in there and consolidate,” says Dangote Cement. A...