FOR the nine month ended September 30, 2015, Dangote Cement Plc has declared 17.81 per cent growth in turnover to 365.54 billion.
Also, sales from Nigeria contributed 39 per cent in the third quarter turnover, which, according to Chief Executive of the company, Onne Van der Weijde, “demonstrates that we are diversifying successfully and quickly gaining market shares in new countries.”
Operating profit growth was however down , rising by 6.82 per cent to N173.54 billion, while profit before tax stood at N166.91 billion, increasing by 8.35 per cent. Net profit improved by 12.47 per cent to N157.99 billion.
A statement by the group said aggressive African expansion projects by Dangote Cements have started yielding positive fruits.
The company, in the same period exported 3.7 million metric tonnes of cement to neighboring countries. The export underscores the fact that Nigeria is now self-sufficient in cement production.
The nine months unaudited results released on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed that the cement giants’ earnings per share rose by 18.6 percent to N9.80.
“A breakdown of the results indicated that the cement group posted an operating profit of N173.5 billion, 6.8 percent higher than N162.5 billion generated in 2014. Nigerian operations accounted for N162.7 billion, West & Central Africa N2.9 billion, while South & East Africa did N7.4 billion.
Revenue rose by 17.8 percent to N365.5 billion following strong performance of non-Nigerian factories while gross profit grew by 13.5 percent to N226.8 billion.
Onne van der Weijde said: “Our new operations have made strong starts right across Africa and this has helped to offset the impact of a subdued economy in Nigeria. We remain optimistic that our home market of Nigeria will recover and this will restore growth and improve overall profitability.
We hope our new pricing strategy will contribute to the country’s economic recovery and particularly urge the Government to begin building more robust roads using concrete instead of imported asphalt”