Lagos, Nigeria ~ BUA Cement Plc, Nigeria’s second-largest cement company, has recorded a 47.5% increase in revenues of N175.52 billion in its just-released Full-year results for the 2019 Financial Year on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The company’s Profits also increased by 69.1% from N39.17 billion in 2018 to N66.24 billion in 2019. BUA Cement Plc in its current form is a business combination between CCNN Plc (Sokoto Cement) and BUA Cement Manufacturing Company’s Obu Cement Company which was completed in January 2020 and is currently listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), with a market capitalisation of N1.18 trillion ($3.3 billion), making it the third most capitalised company on the floor of the Exchange.
Speaking on the result, Managing Director of BUA Cement, Yusuf Binji said, “Through the adoption of a focused and disciplined approach, we continue to record strong revenue growth, even as we derive revenue and cost synergies from the merger across: pricing, scale, and operational efficiencies; all supported by a sustainable business model and a value-oriented strategy, which have translated to growing market acceptance and is reflective in our margins. This is Despite the complexities and uncertainty that trailed the economic environment in 2019. We delivered on important strategic priorities, such as: the commissioning of our 3mmtpa Line-2 at our Obu Plant in March 2019; the merger completion between CCNN Plc and Obu Cement Company Limited and commenced the listing process of BUA Cement Plc, the resultant entity of the merger on the floor of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), with the eventual delisting of CCNN Plc.
“Going forward, our focus is to further harness the full benefits of the merger while making further in-roads to “new markets” both locally and outside Nigeria. We understand that the local and indeed the global economy would experience more uncertainties, yet we expect continued strong showing across the business, spurred-on by continued recovery across the global economy”.
In his comments Acting CFO, Chike Ajaero said, “In 2019 we reported a decline in Profit after Tax (PAT) from N64.07 billion in 2018 to N60.61 billion which was due to income tax credit of N26.76 billion in 2018 from the reversal of previous tax provision made on Obu Line 1 and deferred tax credit on securing approval for tax exemptions under pioneer status incentive in 2019. Net deferred tax charge of N5.15 billion was provided for in the current year and actual tax payable of N475.29 million. Obu Line-1 and Kalambaina Line -2 are both on pioneer status approved in February 2020 for 2-years (extension) and 3-years respectively. The computation of Earnings per Share (EPS) for 2018 has been re-stated, to reflect a business combination under common control, as at January 2018”.
It should be noted that BUA Cement Plc is Nigeria’s second-largest cement producer and the largest producer in its North-West, South-South and South-East regions; with a combined installed capacity of 8 mmtpa and with plans underway to increase existing capacity to 11 mmtpa, through the commissioning of a new 3 mmtpa plant by the first half of 2021 in Sokoto State, Nigeria. BUA Cement operates strategically from Okpella, Edo State and Kalambaina, Sokoto State and is committed to quality – a differentiating attribute, driven by its people, innovation and technology; and positioned to solving Nigeria and Africa’s challenges while driving economic growth and development.
I. Financial Highlights
- Revenue increases by 47.5% from N119.01 billion in 2018 to N175.52 billion in 2019
- EBITDA rises 47.2% from N55.70 billion in 2018 to N81.99 billion in 2019
- EBITDA margin flat at 47.0%, arising from entry into ‘new markets’
- Operating margin (EBIT) is up 4.71% points from 36.0% in 2018 to 40.7% in 2019
- Profit before Tax (PBT), up 69.1% from N39.17 billion in 2018 to N66.24 billion in 2019
- Profit after Tax (PAT), down 5.40% from N64.07 billion in 2018 to N60.61 billion in 2019, due to a tax credit of N26.76 billion in 2018 from pioneer status incentive( 3 years) granted on Obu line-1 in 2019, reversing previous tax provision for the years
II. Operational Highlights
- Cement volume dispatched was up 53.2% from 2,940 kt in 2018 to 4,501 kt, as at 2019; arising from increased capacity
- Merger between CCNN Plc and Obu Cement Company Limited, yielding revenue and cost synergies
- Kalambaina plant, Sokoto State (Line 2) goes online for first full year in 2019; Obu Cement Plant, Edo State (Line 2) commissioned in March 2019
- Return on Asset (ROA) up from 16.7% (2018) to 17.7% (2019)
- Entry into new markets aided by a value-oriented strategy
III. Key Developments
- The appointment of Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, CON as the Chairman of the Board, effective December 23, 2019
- The Board appointed Engr. Yusuf Binji as managing director/chief executive officer on December 23, 2019
- Mr. Finn Arnoldsen appointed as a non-executive director, effective April 9, 2019
- Alhaji Shehu Abubakar and Senator Khairat Gwadabe appointed as independent non-executive directors, effective December 23, 2019
IV. Strategic Priorities
- Completion of Kalambaina Line-3 (3mmtpa) by H1, 2021. Project execution on schedule
- Drive further cost and revenue synergies from merger
- Build on gains recorded from current footholds in “new markets”
V. Financial Review
Revenue: Revenue increased by 47.5% (y/y) to N175.52 billion in 2019 (2018; N119.01 billion), underpinned by two (2) drivers namely:
- The merger led to capacity increase(s), from 2mmtpa in 2018 to 8mmtpa in 2019.
- Our differentiation strategy has translated to an increased appreciation of the ‘value’ imbued in the product offering. Hence, the growing market acceptance. Consequently, cement sales was up 47.5% to N175.52 billion.
Cost of Sales: Cost of sales was up by 57.6% (y/y) to N93.1 billion in 2019, resulting from increased production volumes. Moreover, energy cost rose 75.6% (y/y) from N20.67 billion to N36.29 billion from enhanced capacity, though energy per ton of cement produced increase by 14% (y/y); the result of slight increase in energy cost.
Operating expenses: Operating expenses recorded a 20.2% rise from N18.60 billion in 2018 to N22.36 billion in 2019, resulting from the following;
- Administrative expenses was down 16.0% to N10.52 billion (2018; N12.52 billion) due to a 45.6% decline in management and technical support expenses to N1.90 billion in 2019 (2018; N3.49 billion).
- Conversely, distribution and selling expenses increased by 94.8% (y/y) to N11.84 billion, supportive of higher sales volume from the route-to-new market strategy.
Net finance cost: Net finance cost was up 41.3% to N5.19 billion (2018; N3.67 billion) due to increased working capital requirement, which rose from N3.90 billion in 2018 to N21.36 billion in 2019, necessitated by capacity enhancement.
Profit before Tax and Profit after Tax: Profit before Tax (PBT) rose 69.1% (y/y) from N39.17 billion in 2018 to N66.23 billion; Profit after Tax (PAT) was down from N64.10 billion to N60.61 billion in 2019, due to deferred tax credit in 2018. However, approvals for the extension of pioneer status on Obu line-1 and Kalambaina line-2 were granted in February, 2020 for 2-years and 3-years respectively.
Cash and cash equivalent: Cash and cash equivalent balances rose from N2.71 billion in 2018 to N15.02 billion in 2019, arising from a 69.16% increase in net cash flow from operations to N26.48 billion (2018; N15.66 billion) along with a net borrowing of N16.8 billion.
About BUA Cement Plc
BUA Cement Plc (Bloomberg; BUACEMENT:NL) is Nigeria’s second-largest cement producer and the largest producer in its North-West, South-South and South-East regions; with a combined installed capacity of 8 mmtpa and with plans underway to increase existing capacity to 11 mmtpa, through the commissioning of a new 3 mmtpa plant by the first half of 2021 in Sokoto State, Nigeria. BUA Cement operates strategically from Okpella, Edo State and Kalambaina, Sokoto State.
BUA Cement Plc is a business combination between CCNN Plc (Sokoto Cement) and BUA Cement Manufacturing Company’s Obu Cement Company. Currently listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), with a market capitalisation of N1.18 trillion ($3.3 billion), making it the third most capitalised company on the floor of the Exchange.
BUA Cement is committed to quality – a differentiating attribute, driven by its people, innovation, and technology; and positioned to solving Nigeria and Africa’s challenges while driving economic growth and development.
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From real estate to lifestyle: Purple extends brand to more sectors
Maryland Mall in Lagos will now be known as Purple Maryland.
In line with strategic repositioning of the company, the management of Purple Group has announced the rebranding of Purple Capital Partners Limited and change of name to Purple.
With this change, its flagship multi-use centre, Maryland Mall in Lagos will now be known as Purple Maryland while the ongoing development in Lekki will be known as Purple Lekki.
Announcing the changes in Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Olayide Agboola, noted the rebranding and repositioning takes effect from July 1, and would be implemented across all the company’s physical and digital touchpoints.
The decision, he said, was in line with the group’s core belief in continuous innovation and customer satisfaction.
‘’We are refocusing our brand, and extending our reach beyond just real estate development. We see the need to curate affordable lifestyle experiences by leveraging our expertise in real estate development.
“With MarylandMall, now Purple Maryland and our ongoing development with PurpleLekki, we are integrating retail, arts, entertainment, media and advertisement, family fun, food and drinks, e-commerce and financial services all in one through superior mixed-use centres and services. Our new focus is clear; working with our range and network of partners, we are creating affordable lifestyle experiences for our consumers across all income levels,” the CEO explained.
Agboola further pointed out that all the group’s facilities and ongoing development were also rebranded and would be addressed with the Purple prefix (PurpleMaryland, PurpleLekki) while its new services would also bear a touch of the Purple Identity as well. He however added that to keep in touch with the group’s brand heritage; they had kept the same colors and logo symbol.
Speaking on what the new identity connotes, Agboola stated that the new Purple identity signified growing strength, resilience and elegance, which he noted accurately represents the significant growth and successes it has recorded over the past few years.
He said: “Ours is a story of sheer resilience, best practices and excellent service delivery to our partners and clients across the group. With this brand repositioning, we are re-committing to our core beliefs and ensuring unwavering commitment to our values, to our investors and to our esteemed partners. Our refreshed brand clearly communicates these values. We are also excited to unveil the brand identities for our new services and ongoing development projects”.
According to him, with the new development, PurpleLekki, PurpleNano, Purple.shop and PurplePlay, have all been designed to give customers more value for money. For instance, he explained that PurpleLekki; the all-new lifestyle centre in Lekki, Lagos, currently under development, will occupy a land size of about 10,000 sqm and a few floors which will be mixed use – retail, entertainment, serviced accommodation, and private offices.
For PurpleNano, Agboola stated that the premium and standard studio apartments was conceived with the modern professional in mind and available in 2 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms and 1 bedroom variants. “These ‘nanos’ are furnished to fit the peculiarities and taste of the Lekki Market and provide a peaceful, cozy space for occupants and visitors,” he stated.
Speaking of the future, the company also has plans to venture into the e-commerce space with brand ‘purple.shop’. Purlple.shop will work with the base of retail, fashion, food and entertainment partners and service providers in Purple centres. With this, they can reach even more customers through online channels. The e-commerce platform will also provide marketing tools and real-time analytics to optimize growth.
While pointing out that the group’s identity may have been refreshed, he was quick to add that the company’s focus remained unwavered. “We are creating affordable lifestyle experiences for our consumers through our principal investments in these superior mixed-use centres and services. We also remain thankful and committed to our partners and we will continue to utilize our expertise and experience to deliver alpha returns and provide best service to our customers across the group,” he concluded.
Formerly known as Purple Capital Partners, Purple Group is an ecosystem of companies focused on creating best-in-class lifestyle experiences for our consumers through our principal investments in superior mixed-use facilities and services.
Our lifestyle services spans through real estate, retail, e-commerce, media and advertising, entertainment and family fun, financial services amongst others; all focused on driving our mission to create lifestyle experiences for our consumers with convenience, affordability and finesse. Our lifestyle portfolio of developments include purplemaryland, purplelekki, purplenano.
Customers to win salary-4-life, business grants, rent advance and cash rewards in Diamondxtra quarterly draw
The DiamondXtra Reward Scheme is the most rewarding way to save.
Leading retail bank in Nigeria, Access Bank Plc is set to reward more than 1,000 DiamondXtra customers with various grants and cash prizes in the second DiamondXtra quarterly draw of Season 12 scheduled to hold on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
According to Adaeze Umeh, Head, Consumer Banking, Access Bank Plc, “We are gearing up for the DiamondXtra quarterly draw this month and we will be rewarding more than 1,000 lucky customers with various cash prizes, business grants, family health insurance, rent advance and other exciting rewards. It is the bank’s little way of rewarding its loyal customers and creating more value to meet customer needs during these trying times. We rewarded ten customers last month with N1million each at the monthly draw and we are here again to reward more customers in the quarterly draw.”
To join the winning train, all you need to do is keep saving if you have a DiamondXtra account already. “If you don’t have an existing account, simply dial *901*5# to open a DiamondXtra account with just N5, 000 and save multiples of ₦5,000 to increase your chances of winning,” Adaeze told newsmen in Lagos.
Some of the DiamondXtra rewards for the quarterly draw include:
- Salary4Life (N100,000 every month for 20 Years)
- Rent for a Year for 21 lucky customers
- One Year Family health coverage for 7 lucky customers
- N1Million business grant for 6 lucky customers
- ₦500,000 for 15 lucky customers
- ₦100,000 for 45 lucky customers
- ₦50,000 for 300 lucky customers
- ₦20,000 for 300 lucky customers
- ₦10,000 for 300 lucky customers
The DiamondXtra Reward Scheme is the most rewarding way to save, don’t miss out on this opportunity to become a millionaire or a star prize winner. To participate; simply open a DiamondXtra account, save in multiples of ₦5,000 and you stand the chance to win amazing prizes in the quarterly draw this month.
NSE Masks for All Nigerians Campaign receives boost from private sector
The Exchange will distribute 100,000 face masks through different cities in Nigeria.
The rapid rise in confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria demands more collective, decisive, coordinated and inclusive action in the fight against the virus. Now is the time for government, private sector and well-meaning individuals to come together to flatten the curve.
In light of this, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE or The Exchange) on Monday, 06 July 2020, redeemed its pledge of Sixty Million Naira to the Capital Market Support Committee for COVID-19 (CMSCC) with the donation of ambulance and Twenty Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira cash to the committee. The CMSCC is a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) led initiative set up to stimulate the capital market ecosystem to play an active role in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The donation was received by the Chairman, CMSCC, Mr. Ariyo Olushekun and the Director, Lagos Zonal Office, SEC, Mr. Steven Falomo.
In furtherance of its commitment to support the fight against the virus, The Exchange launched the Masks For All Nigerians campaign with the aim to galvanize responsible corporate citizens and individuals to donate 400 million face masks to Nigerians, especially low-income households. The NSE kicked off the campaign with an anchor donation of 100,000 face masks that are being distributed in areas where it has operations and areas that are greatly affected by COVID-19.
As part of the Masks For All Nigerians campaign, The Exchange executed a nationwide awareness campaign on social media and radio to educate Nigerians on the need to wear face masks, practice social distancing and maintain good hygiene. The NSE also involved its Good Cause Ambassador, Innocent ‘TuFace’ Idibia, to amplify the need for Nigerians to wear and donate face masks via www.masksforallng.com, as well as adhere to the guidelines put in place to keep our communities safe. As part of its Employee Giveback Programme, members of staff are also donating 500 masks per week to Nigerians.
Speaking on the initiative, the Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, OON said, “We are facing an unprecedented crisis that requires us to adopt a more collaborative approach in fighting this pandemic especially as economic activity and social interactions resume. As we work to encourage the use of reusable face masks and adherence to other safety guidelines, we call on responsible corporate citizens and well-meaning individuals to support this initiative by wearing a mask when in public settings and donating masks especially to those at the bottom of the pyramid so as to protect lives.”
In response to the call, several private sector players have sprung to action bringing the total number of masks donated under the Masks for All Nigerians campaign to 216,300. Opay was the first to partner with a donation of 100,000 face masks to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital on Thursday, 4 June 2020. Also, Morbod Group donated 13,000 masks to residents of Lagos and South-Eastern part of Nigeria. The two most recent donors are Babalakin & Co Legal Practitioners and AIICO Insurance who donated 1,300 non-medical face masks to the Ikoyi Custodial Centre, Nigerian Correctional Service and 2,000 non-medical face masks to the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Lagos State Branch, respectively. AIICO Insurance has also made a commitment to donate another 7,000 face masks.
In fulfilling its commitment to donate 100,000 face masks, The Exchange will distribute 33,000 face masks in Lagos; 7,000 in Oyo; 5,000 in Ogun; 5,500 in Anambra; 5,500 in Rivers; 3,800 in Edo; 14,500 in Abuja; 18,000 in Kano; 3,900 in Borno; 3,800 in Kaduna; and 10,000 to capital market stakeholders.
The Exchange has displayed remarkable resilience during this pandemic and continues to support the fight against COVID-19 in line with the strategic pillars of its Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR) strategy – community, workplace, marketplace and environment. The Masks For All Nigerians campaign and the attendant mask donation will provide immense support to the Government in reaching communities who have hitherto been left vulnerable. The Exchange also continues to sustain market activity through remote working and trading; promote market deepening activities; create an enabling regulatory environment for stakeholders; and recognise the efforts of public and private sector players in raising awareness, ramping up testing and increasing the capacity of the health sector to slow the spread of COVID-19.