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South Africa: PPC’s revenue has fallen slightly, by 1% year-on-year, to US$293m in the first six months that ended on 31 March 2016 from US$296m in the same period in 2015. The group’s operating profit fell by 3% to US$47.7m from US$49.2m. It attributed the fall in revenue to lower selling prices of cement in South Africa and falling revenues in Zimbabwe and Botswana.
By business line, PPC’s cement division in South Africa reported that its revenue fell by 5% to US$155m. It noted that cement volumes improved ‘marginally’ due to sales volume growth in the coastal regions following reduced imports and demand from infrastructure projects. However, inland provinces such as a Gauteng and the Limpopo area were negatively affected to increased competition. Outside of South Africa its cement division’s revenue rose by 6% to US$85.5m. Despite sales declines in Zimbabwe and Botswana, the group’s new 0.6Mt/yr plant in Rwanda was commissioned in the second half of 2015.
The group’s lime division also reported that its revenue in all territories fell by 12% to US$24.9m.
The group also provided an update on its on-going projects. A US$280m 1Mt/yr cement plant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was reported 83% complete in March 2016 with ‘hot’ commissioning scheduled for late 2016. A US$85m cement mill in Harare, Zimbabwe was reported 70% complete in March 2016 with plant commissioned planned for the end of 2016. Finally, a US$170m 1.4Mt/yr cement plant in Ethiopia remains scheduled to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2017.
Zimbabwe: Construction of the 0.7Mt/yr PPC Ruwa Plant in Msasa has been reported as more than half complete. PPC sources told the Financial Gazette that civil and structural construction of the cement plant is now more than 50% complete. The US$80m plant is expected to be running by the end of 2016.
South Africa: PPC has appointed Peter Nelson as its interim chairman following the retirement of Bheki Sibiya. A permanent replacement for Sibiya is expected to be recruited by September 2016.
Nelson was appointed to the Board as an independent non-executive director on 25 January 2015. His experience covers manufacturing, mining, telecommunications, healthcare, leisure, property, packaging and the motor industry in listed and private entities in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. He has served as chief financial officer on several Boards including Telkom, Netcare and Mondi.
Rwanda: PPC says its 600,000t/yr Cimerwa cement plant in Bugarama, Rusizi will reach full production by mid-2018. The greenfield plant is part of its strategy to make 40% of its turnover from outside of South Africa by 2018, according to Business Daily. At present the plant is running at about 60% of its production capacity.
Cimerwa sales volumes have exceeded 100,000t from commissioning to February 2016. Further sales, marketing, and distribution efforts are expected to improve this. The plant sells cement domestically in Kigali and it exports to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.
PPC is growing cement production capacity in Africa with plants being built in the DRC, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. Capacity is expected to reach 12.7Mt/yr in 2018 from 8.6Mt/yr in 2015.
Zimbabwe: Kelibone Masiyane has been appointed as the managing director of PPC Zimbabwe. He replaces Njombo Lekula, who recently became the managing director of PPC's international operations. Previous to the appointment, Masiyane’s was the general manager of the Colleen Bawn and the Bulawayo cement plants.
"Kelibone's promotion will see him assume overall responsibility for PPC Zimbabwe's business, with his key focus our Harare factory," said Lekula. Other recent promotions include those of Iain Sheasby and Karen Mhazo to the roles of Commercial Director and General Manager of Finance respectively, and that of current Group Human Resources Manager designate Trust Mabaya in March 2016.
South Africa: Bheki Lindinkosi Sibiya retired as Chairman of the Board of PPC on 25 January 2016 following the company's annual general meeting. He held the post since 2008. No successor has yet been announced.
PPC acknowledged that Sibiya had overseen the successful conversion of the company's mining rights and the initiation of its African expansion strategy during his tenure. It also mentioned his role in ensuring board continuity and preservation of corporate expertise during a 'challenging phase' in the company's history.
Other retirements announced include Mangalani Peter Malungani, who has served as Non-Executive Director of PPC since February 2009, and Zibusiso Kganyago, who has been a member of the board since October 2007.
Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane has been elected as a Non-Executive Director of the Board. Dakile-Hlongwane is currently the Chairperson and co-founder of Nozala Investments Pty Limited. Her career includes posts at Lesotho National Development Corporation, African Development Bank (Abidjan-Cote d'Ivoire), the Development Bank of Southern Africa, FirstCorp Merchant Bank and BOE Specialised Finance. She holds a Bachelor's degree in economics and statistics from the National University of Lesotho and a Master's degree in development economics from Williams College in Massachusetts, USA.
South Africa: PPC has reported that its cement sales fell by 3% for its first trading that ran from October to December 2015. Cement sales in its South African business declined by 1.6% while its international businesses recorded an 8% decline, according to a trading update.
The South African cement producer reported that coastal regions in South Africa achieved positive volume growth. However this was offset by declines recorded in Gauteng and inland regions. During this period, average selling prices fell by 4%.
In Zimbabwe the completion of major infrastructure projects in Zimbabwe has led to declines of over 10% in local sales. Cement exports have also reduced due to exchange rate effects. In Botswana cement sales fell due to competition and weak demand. In Rwanda sales fell due to high rainfall and limited exports. However, the company's new 0.6Mt/yr cement plant was reported to be performing 'satisfactorily' and the kiln has passed its performance test for output and heat consumption.
Rwanda: PPC has commissioned its 600,000t/yr cement plant in Rwanda to offset declining sales in South Africa as its expansion into African cement markets gathers pace. The company plans to derive 40% of its revenues from the rest of Africa by 2017.
"We see the population doubling and becoming wealthier, a lot of infrastructure spend taking place and new cities being built that aren't there today," said Darryll Castle, PPC's Chief Executive. "If we can maintain our market share and exposure in Africa, we have to double the size of the business in well under 10 years. We see Africa as a very positive environment and PPC becoming a major player in a big growth area."
Castle said that the company ultimately saw PPC as a global player, but were focusing on Africa first, although it would be open to global opportunities when they arose. The new vision is for PPC to become a world-class supplier of materials and solutions to the basic services sector and establish a vertically-integrated materials business. This business unit will house PPC's ready-mix, aggregates and related building materials businesses to offer clients end-to-end solutions. A bolt-on acquisition has been earmarked for early 2016. Castle stressed that 70 – 80% of PPC's focus would remain on its core product of cement, but over time it would gain earnings and revenue that was not currently core to its business.
According to Castle, construction of the US$280m, 1Mt/yr cement plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the US$85m, 700,000t/yr mill in Harare were progressing well, with both on track for commissioning at the end of 2016. He said that the 1.4Mt/yr cement plant in Ethiopia would cost around US$170m, with commissioning scheduled for the second quarter of 2017.
South Africa: PPC has reported a 3% fall in cement revenue to US$526m in the first nine months of 2015, although group revenue grew by 2% year-on-year to US$645m. The decline in the cement business was blamed on increased competition.
"The Mpumalanga area was the hardest hit, with double-digit volume declines. The north-west region, although also under pressure, showed some resilience," said PPC in a statement.
Company CEO Darryll Castle said that improved performance from the company's operations in Zimbabwe and Botswana had offset the declines experienced in the core South African cement business. He said that projects in Africa would ensure that shareholders had a 'diversified portfolio of businesses in different geographies.'
South Africa: Cement producer PPC has been named as the new naming sponsor for the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, Western Province. "We want to cement this relationship," said PPC chief executive Darryll Castle on 6 October 2015 at the stadium.
Although an obvious play on words, Castle could not contain his excitement as it was made official that the ground will now be known as 'PPC Newlands.' "We're exceptionally proud to be creating a new moment in history for these two champion brands and are looking forward to adding real value to the sport, the community and, ultimately, the country through this new legacy partnership with the Western Province Cricket Association," he added.
The first international action at the PPC Newlands stadium will see South Africa take on England in the New Year's Test against England in January 2016.