Dangote Cement records big boost in Q1 revenue, profit

Dangote cement maiden clinker shipment from Apapa port

File: Dangote cement maiden clinker shipment from Apapa port

By Rukayat Moisemhe/Lagos

Dangote Cement Plc on Tuesday said its revenue for the first quarter stood at N413.2 billion, a 24.2 per cent increase over the same period last year.

The company said this in a statement signed by Mr Anthony Chiejina, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Dangote Group, in Lagos.

The company also recorded a profit after tax of N105.9 billion resulting in 18 per cent increase for the same period.

Analysis of the company’s three months results indicated that Dangote Cement sold a total volume of 7.2 Metric tonnes of cement.

Nigeria accounted for 4.8 Metric tonnes, while the rest of Africa did the balance of 2.4.

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Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Cement, Mr Michel Puchercos, said the increases in both revenue and profitability drove strong cash generation across the group.

He added that the company was ramping up production at its Okpella plant and was progressing well to deploy grinding plants in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

“Dangote Cement is Africa’s leading cement producer with nearly 51.6Mta capacity across Africa and with a fully integrated quarry-to-customer producer, it has a production capacity of 35.25Mta in its home market, Nigeria.

“The Obajana plant in Kogi State, Nigeria, is the largest in Africa with 16.25Mta of capacity across five lines; Ibese plant in Ogun State has four cement lines with a combined installed capacity of 12Mta while Gboko plant in Benue state has 4Mta; and 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,” he said.

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