Dangote Cement Plc yesterday announced 17 per cent increase in revenue to N808.04 billion in its half year (H1) unaudited financial statement for period ended June, 30, 2022, compared with N690.55 billion reported in the corresponding period of 2021.
Dangote Cement reported group sales volume of 14.2 metric tonnes, consisting of 9.3 metric tonnes done by Nigerian operations while the balance was contributed by operations in other African countries.
Dangote Cement closed H1 2022 with a profit before tax (PAT) of N264.89billion in H1 2022 from N281.25 billion in H1 2021.
Speaking on the results, Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Cement, Michel Puchercos, said: “Despite the elevated inflation due to a very volatile global environment, the first half of 2022 has been positive. We recorded increases in revenue and EBITDA that drove strong cash generation across the Group. We recorded revenue of N808.0 billion up 17 per cent compared to last year and Group EBITDA of N373.2 billion, up 6.3 percent with an EBITDA margin of 46.2 percent.”
Puchercos explained that significant increase in energy and AGO costs are impacting negatively on production and supply of cement products. He added, “to drive consumer engagement and support demand ahead of the rainy season; we have commenced the 3rd season of our National Consumer Promotion – “Bag of Goodies 3”.
On the operational side, we are ramping up production at our Okpella plant and are progressing well to deploy grinding plants in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.”
He stated that the volatile international context is strengthening efforts to ramp up the usage of alternative fuels and execution of export-to-import strategy. The company according to him is reducing dependence on imported inputs and making the local markets self-sufficient.
“Our continuous focus on efficiency, meeting market demand and maintaining our costs leadership drives our ability to consistently deliver superior profitability and value to all shareholders,” he added.
Meanwhile, in a bid to ensure that cement becomes available in all African countries, Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Cement, Michel Puchercos, has revealed that the company is ramping up production in its Okpella plant, Nigeria and progressing well to deploy grinding plants in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will join the lists of the following African countries when the grinding plants finally becomes operation. 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).
In a related development, the first batch of winners have emerged from the ongoing National Consumer Promotion – “Bag of Goodies 3”. The winners will be receiving their prizes in a series of events lined up in the coming weeks.
Dangote Cement is Africa’s leading cement producer with nearly 51.6Mta capacity across Africa. A fully integrated quarry-to-customer producer, it has a production capacity of 35.25Mta in its home market, Nigeria. Obajana plant in Kogi state, Nigeria, is the largest in Africa with 16.25Mta of capacity across five lines while Ibese plant in Ogun State has four cement lines with a combined installed capacity of 12Mta. The Gboko plant in Benue state has 4Mta while Okpella plant in Edo state has 3Mta. 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.