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The dangers of debt

13 July 2020, Published under Cement News

In this month’s Technical Forum, Dr Michael Clark considers how the history of the Kenyan cement industry can serve as a case study for some of the dos and don’ts of the sector. Going forward, impaired sales performances may increase company debt levels but this is far from the only reason why debt can be easily accrued. ARM Cement fell into bankruptcy after building up debt through an ambitious expansion programme and then being hit by both a demand contraction and price war in 20...

Titan issues notes for general purposes, including bank debt repayment

30 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Titan Global Finance plc, a subsidiary of Titan Cement International SA, is inviting holders of its 3.500 per cent guaranteed notes due June 2021, originally issued in an aggregate principal amount of EUR300m and of which EUR287m remains outstanding, to tender any or all of their notes for purchase by the offeror of cash. The offeror will pay a cash purchase price equal to EUR1016 per EUR1000 in principal amount of the notes validly tendered and accepted for purchase, plus any accrued and un...

Cementos Molins signs EUR180m green loan

06 December 2019, Published under Cement News

Spanish cement producer Cementos Molins has signed a EUR180m green loan to refinance all of its domestic debt and extend its maturity by five years. The agreement includes one EUR40m loan and a EUR140m revolving credit facility, of which EUR50m are already available with the balance to be used for future projects. Agent bank and coordinator of the loan is Caixabank while Sabadell, BBVA, Santander and HSBC also granted the loan. The refinancing was reportedly closed at an interest rate ...

EAPCC receives backing to sell land assets

21 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Kenya’s East African Portland Cement Co (EAPCC) has received Trade Ministry backing to sell off idle land, which will help the company recoup some of the KES15bn (U$146.3m) it says it needs to avoid a complete shutdown of operations. Betty Maina of the Trade Ministry has said that a Cabinet memorandum is ready for submission to grant the company approval to sell off its assets. Ms Maina also noted that EAPCC, which has assets worth KES100bn, does not require a government bail-out for a tur...

Unacem seeks loans of up to US$490m

25 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Union Andina de Cementos SAA (UNACEM) plans to start talks with banks for up to US$490m in loans to refinance existing US$-denominated debt and other corporate purposes. The company is seeking US$50m from Citibank, US$45m from Banco Santander and local currency credit facilities for up to US$100m from Banco de Credito del Peru and Scotia Bank Peru, the Peruvian cement producer said in a recent stock exchange announcement. UNACEM posted a YoY flat consolidated EBITDA of PEN290m (US$87.5m)...

ARM asks for time after missing bond payment

10 July 2018, Published under Cement News

The Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed that the ARM Cement missed its June 2018 interest payment on a privately placed bond worth tens of millions of Kenyan shillings. The bond was issued in 2015 with the medium-term notes (MTN) maturing in November 2020 and expected to pay interest each June and December, according to the Business Daily. "We're asking our lenders to give us some time so that we can recapitalise the business, we're in negotiation for injection of between US$15m and US$20...

State Bank of India may take five companies to NCLT

14 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Burnpur Cement and four Patni Group entities may be brought to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) by the State Bank of India (SBI) for insolvency proceedings, according to The Economic Times. The Patni Group has defaulted on INR30bn (US$462.17m) of unpaid loans and dues, while Burnpur has defaulted on INR2.5bn. SBI has not commented on the allegations that it will take the borrowers to court. The bank currently accounts for the highest amount of gross non-performing assets in the cou...

Spain: FCC refinances Portland Valderrivas debt

14 July 2016, Published under Cement News

In the restructuring of the group, Spain’s FCC plans to refinance the syndicated debt of Cementos Portland Valderrivas (CPV), in which it owns a 77.9 per cent stake. Funds from FCC’s capital increase will be used to write of EUR325m of EUR823m of the total amount. CPV will then refinance the outstanding EUR500m over a period of five years. The refinancing will also enable the Spanish cement producer to obtain a reduction in interest rate from 4.5 per cent (Euribor) to 3.5 per cent. Key cr...

Vietnam offers support for state-owned cement firms

12 July 2016, Published under Cement News

According to figures released by the Ministry of Finance, the Vietnamese government is providing restructuring loans to unprofitable state-owned cement firms, VietNamNet Bridge reports. Firms, including Song Thao, Thai Nguyen and Ha Long, are being supplied with cash in an effort to prepare the cement sector for part-privatisation. Already, some plants have been transferred to Vicem from other state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and the government is understood to want to begin the sell-off, p...

Cemex offers to buy back up to $400 mln in debt

26 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Cemex, Mexico, said on Monday it had launched an offer to buy back up to US$400mn of debt on senior note issues due to mature in 2018, 2019 and 2022. The company said in a statement the offer was for its 2018 floating rate notes, its 2019 notes bearing a 6.5 percent coupon and the 9.375 percent notes falling due in 2022. However, Cemex noted it would not buy back more than US$150mn of the 2022 debt.