Africa’s largest cement producer, Dangote Cement, has announced resilient results for the six months ended June 30, 2021 as Group sales volumes hit 15.3Mt.
According to the company’s unaudited results for the period under review, Nigerian operations accounted for a sales volume of 9.87 Mt, while pan African operations contributed the balance of 5.5Mt.
The increase in sales volume was supported by an increase in housing infrastructure and commercial construction.
In the period, the cement giants posted a profit after tax of N191.6 billion after a tax charge of N89.6 billion.
The company recommenced clinker exports from Nigeria in second quarter, with two clinker shipments, one each from Apapa and Onne terminals.
The Group Managing Director, Dangote Cement, Michel Puchercos, speaking on the results, said: “We are pleased to report a solid set of the good results for the first half of the year.
“Our performance reflects the strong demand across the Group, with increases in revenue and profitability, compared to the same period last year.
“This strong intrinsic performance is magnified by the lower Q2 2020 results because of COVID-19.
“The growth trend continues, and we are focused on meeting the strong market demand across all our countries of operation.”
On the steps taken by the company to protect the stakeholders, Puchercos said: “We also continue to maintain a strong focus on health and safety measures in all our engagements with stakeholders.
“We have learned a lot over the past year on how to mitigate risks associated with COVID-19.
“We remain committed to protecting our team members and communities by being fully compliant with local laws and regulations.
“We recommenced clinker exports in the second quarter after taking the strategic decision to pause our clinker exports.
“This was to ensure we met the historic volume growth in the Nigerian domestic market since mid-2020.
“We are improving the output of our existing and new assets and I am happy to announce that our 3 Mt Okpella Plant, Edo State, is on track to come on stream in the next quarter.”
Puchercos stated that the company’s Alternative Fuel project, which focuses on leveraging waste management solutions, reducing CO2 emissions and sourcing material locally, is at an advanced stage, while procurement and installation of the necessary equipment across all plants is ongoing.
He added that Dangote Cement is focused on sound governance, saying: “We are leading the way with our commitment to sustainability and best practices.
“We are driven by the goal of achieving the highest level of governance and building a sustainable brand for all stakeholders.
“Transparency and consistency are at the core of every part our business culture.”
Dangote Cement became the first Nigerian listed company to report its financial results using XBRL format with the IFRS taxonomy.
Adopting XBRL reporting format will strongly benefit Dangote Cement’s existing and potential investors.
It represents another step in continuing efforts to modernise and enhance transparency of, and access to, companies’ disclosures.
Dangote Cement Plc is Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest cement producer with an installed capacity of 45.6Mta capacity across 10 African countries and operates a fully integrated “quarry-to-customer” business with activities covering manufacturing, sales, and distribution of cement.
The Group has a production capacity of 32.3Mta in its home market, Nigeria.
It has three cement plants in Nigeria, Obajana plant in Kogi State, with 16.3Mta of capacity across four lines; Ibese plant in Ogun State has four cement lines with a combined installed capacity of 12Mta; and Gboko plant in Benue state has 4Mta.
Through recent investments, Dangote Cement has eliminated Nigeria’s dependence on imported cement and has transformed the nation into an exporter of cement serving neighbouring countries.
In addition, Dangote Cement has operations in Cameroon (1.5Mta clinker grinding), Congo (1.5Mta), Ghana (1.5Mta import), Ethiopia (2.5Mta), Senegal (1.5Mta), Sierra Leone (0.5Mta import), South Africa (2.8Mta), Tanzania (3.0Mta), Zambia (1.5Mta).
Dangote Cement has a long-term credit rating of AAA(NG+) by GCR and Aa2.ng by Moody’s due to its market leading position, significant operational scale and strong financial profile evidenced by the Company’s robust operating and net profit margins relative to regional and global peers, adequate working capital, satisfactory cash flow and low leverage.
Dangote Cement is a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited, a diversified and fully integrated conglomerate as well as a leading brand across Africa in businesses such as cement, sugar, salt, pasta, beverages, and real estate, with new multi-billion-dollar projects underway in the oil and gas, petrochemical, fertilizer and agricultural sectors.