Nigeria: BUA Cement has increased the ex-factory price of its cement by 7%. It previously claimed that it did not intend to increase its prices, according to the Sun newspaper. In statements issued between April and June 2021 it said, “the company had no plans to increase prices of its cement now or in the near future.”
In April 2021 Dangote Cement was forced to publicly defend the price of its cement due to allegations that its prices were allegedly lower in Ghana or Zambia. Around the same time the Senate of Nigeria called for the federal government to introduce policies, such as tax breaks, to encourage local investments in cement production and to reduce prices.
At its annual general meeting in July 2021, BUA Cement issued dividends worth US$170m to its shareholders. The company reported sales of US$509m in 2020, a rise of 20% year-on-year. However, its costs increased by 22% to US$277m at the same time.