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Cimerwa to resume full production in May

23 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Rwanda’s Cimerwa has resumed production after a two-month break for maintenance and upgrade works. This is expected to ease a cement deficit in both Rwanda and Uganda, while also stabilising prices that have recently increased, according to The East African. The company is currently completing post-maintenance tests and aims to begin full production at its 0.6Mta Bugarama facility in May. The upgrade will improve reliability and operational efficiency, according to Bheki Mthembu, CEO, Cim...

Shortage of cement could continue in Rwanda

09 April 2018, Published under Cement News

A shortage of cement at distribution points is expected to continue in Rwanda, while retail prices will remain high until regional manufacturers resume production at the end of April 2018, according to The East African. However, a prolonged cement shortage is a distinct possibility as domestic manufacturers claim large infrastructure and real estate projects will place pressure on their capacity. The expected increase in demand and maintenance works at Cimerwa’s facility could lead to the...

Kigali Cement to resume operations

28 February 2018, Published under Cement News

The Rwandan cement market is being keenly contested for and the country's second-largest cement plant at Kigali Cement had to recently suspend operations and lay-off staff, according to All Africa. The ARM Cement owned Kigali Cement plant has a capacity of 100,00t and imports clinker from Tanga in Tanzania, but clinker and coal have been in short supply. "For a couple of years, the company has not been producing on a regular basis and to capacity due to limited availability of clinker from...

PPC

22 February 2018, Published under Cement News

PPC has reported improved revenue in the nine months ending 31 December 2017, compared to the same period a year earlier, driven by good operational cost management. Group EBITDA also tracked ahead YoY. A lack of large infrastructure projects continues to hamper cement volume growth in South Africa, according to the company, which estimates that overall cement demand in the country fell by 3-4 per cent in 2017. PPC saw its volumes in South Africa decline by 1-2 per cent YoY, which is an i...

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 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...

Will ARM secure a firmer financial footing?

17 November 2017, Published under Cement News

The increasing trend of African sector mergers reflects the tightening economic pressures on African cement producers and their challenging prospects going forward. In the past week, ICR has reported on the merger between Unicem and Atlas Cement in Nigeria as well as CRH's interest in acquiring PPC Cement of South Africa. Meanwhile, the Kenyan and Tanzanian markets could also see a change in structure with ARM looking for new investors to stave off becoming the latest takeover target. ...

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 ...

PPC Zimbabwe achieves record cement volumes

25 August 2017, Published under Cement News

PPC has recorded the highest production volumes in Zimbabwe for the first time in 18 years following the opening of its new US$82m grinding plant in Harare. The group's interim CEO, Johan Claassen, said Zimbabwe operations continue to exceed expectations, with the investment in the 1.8Mta Harare mill contributing to volume growth. "PPC Zimbabwe also saw double-digit volume growth compared with last year, and in June 2017 recorded the highest monthly volumes since June 1999," he said. ...

PPC 1Q17 results in line with expectations

21 August 2017, Published under Cement News

PPC revenue for the period ended 30 June 2017 (1Q17) is ahead YoY while group EBITDA is in line with the year-ago period. The advance has been attributed to good cost management. Johan Claassen, interim CEO, said: "Our focus is firmly on delivering improved profitability and liquidity in the shorter term while our longer term strategy remains unchanged. More specifically, we will focus our management effort on the new operations in the DRC and Ethiopia, ensuring that they deliver to expec...