Shareholders at Dangote Cement Plc have all reasons to smile after the Company proposed a dividend payment of N16 per share on Tuesday when releasing its audit report for the financial year that ended on December 31, 2020.
Dangote Cement company said this in its audited financial reports released by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Tuesday.
The audit report shows that, Over the sum of N50 billion recorded in the year 2019 the company will pay a tax charge of N97 billion during the period in review.
Dangote Cement’s Nigerian operations during the period sold 15.9Mt for the full year 2020, compared with 14.1Mt in 2019.
This sales are inclusive of both cement and clinker sales, which implies a 12.9 per cent growth for the full year 2020. Looking at the domestic sales alone, Nigerian operations sold 15.6Mt, up by 14.3 per cent year on year and resulting in an increase in market share.
During this period also the Nigerian operations recorded an increase in Revenues by 18 per cent to N720 billion, owing to demands in the domestic market.
The company has attributed this growth to a successful innovative national consumer promotion ‘bag of goodies-season 2’ and lower rains in the third quarter compared to the previous year.
It posted a strong earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of N421.4 indicating a margin of 59 per cent.
After the Cement recorded a high Pan-African EBITDA of N71.3 billion, which went up by 49.0 per cent. within the period under review, the cement group commissioned its gas power plant in Tanzania.
Michel Puchercos, the Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Cement Plc, weighed his comments on the results saying that the year 2020 was such a good year for Dangote Cement across board.
“Several firsts made 2020 a productive year such as our maiden clinker shipment, maiden bond issuance and successful buyback programme.
“We increased our capacity by 3Mt in Nigeria, commissioned our two export terminals and commissioned our gas power plant in Tanzania.
“All these were achieved whilst we focused on protecting our people, customers and communities from the impact of the pandemic.
“Dangote Cement recorded strong top-line growth supported by strong cement demand. Profitability was further bolstered by our disciplined cost control measures in what we believed to have been a highly inflationary and volatile year.
“These measures resulted in a 37.7 per cent increase in profit after tax to N276.1 billion.
“I am delighted to report that Dangote Cement experienced its strongest year in terms of EBITDA and strongest year in terms of volumes.
In spite of a challenging environment, Group volumes for the year were up 8.6 per cent and Group EBITDA was up 20.9%.
“Looking ahead, we have strengthened our Alternative Fuel initiative which focuses on leveraging the circular economy business model and reducing exposure of our cost base to foreign currencies fluctuations.
“We continue to embed Dangote Cement’s seven sustainability pillars into every aspect of our operation and culture.
“We remain committed to keeping safe our staff and communities by being fully compliant with health and safety measures in all our territories of operation.
“We are focused on adapting to the rapidly evolving markets in which we operate.”
Dangote Cement Plc is the largest cement producer in sub-Saharan Africa with an installed capacity of 45.6Mta across 10 African countries and operates a fully integrated “quarry-to-customer” business with activities covering manufacturing, sales and distribution of cement.
Dangote Cement has a long-term credit rating of AA+ by GCR and Aa2.ng by Moody’s due to its market leading position, significant operational scale and strong financial profile evidenced by the company’s robust operating and net profit margins relative to regional and global peers, adequate working capital, satisfactory cash flow and low leverage.
Dangote Cement is a subsidiary company of Dangote Industries Ltd, a diversified and fully integrated conglomerate as well as a leading brand across Africa in businesses such as cement, sugar, salt, beverages, and real estate, with new multi-billion dollar projects underway in the oil and gas, petrochemical, fertilizer and agricultural sectors.