Nigeria: Dangote Cement’s sales revenue and operating profit have risen in the first half of 2017 despite a significant drop in sales volumes in Nigeria due to the poor state of the economy. Its sales revenue rose by 41.2% year-on-year to US$1.31bn in the first half of 2017 from US$928m in the same period in 2016 with increased revenue in both Nigeria and the rest of Africa. Its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 53.7% to US$647m from US$421m. It attributed the rising revenue to improved margins from better efficiencies and a better fuel mix in Nigeria.
“Our revenues have continued to grow despite the lower volumes seen in Nigeria, especially because of the recent heavy rains. Our margins have improved significantly, helped by improved efficiencies and a much better fuel mix in Nigeria. We are using much more gas and increasing our use of coal mined in Nigeria, thus reducing our need for foreign currency and supporting Nigerian jobs,” said chief executive officer (CEO) Onne van der Weijde. He added that the group had seen its first sales from Sierra Leone in the first quarter and that its new plant in the Republic of Congo will be in production at the end of July 2017.