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Kenya: Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics report that cement exports dropped in value to US$7.6m in 2016 from US$25.6m in 2015. Cement producers have blamed declining volumes on cheap imports, according to the East African newspaper. The opening of a cement plant by Dangote Cement in Tanzania has also contributed to the decline, forcing companies to cut their prices.
Kenya: Growth in consumption of cement has slowed to 5.3% in the third quarter of 2016 from 11% in the same period of 2015. The slowdown in growth mirrors a fall in growth in the construction sector, which grew by 9.3% in the third quarter of 2016 compared to 15.6% in the same period of 2015, according to data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. It attributed the fall in growth in part to a ‘considerable’ reduction in civil work on the Standard Gauge Railway from Mombasa to Nairobi as it nears completion.
Kenya/Uganda: CBMI Construction has signed two contracts with LafargeHolcim in Kampala for cement grinding plant projects in Uganda and Kenya. Bamburi Cement, LafargeHolcim’s subsidiary in Kenya, has ordered a 1Mt/yr grinding plant from CBMI. The plant will be located in Nairobi. Hima Cement, a joint venture LafargeHolcim is part of in Uganda, has ordered a 0.8Mt/yr grinding plant. It will be located in Tororo in the east of the country.
The scope of the projects covers clinker feeding to cement packing and shipping. These contracts will come into force after being signed, receiving of guarantees and CBMI’s receiving advance payments. Contract periods are 17.5 months after contracts coming into force to complete industrial tests, and 19 months to commissioning.
Attendees of the signing ceremony included the CEO of Bamburi Cement Bruno Pescheux, the CEO of Hima Cement Daniel Pettersson and the Regional Manager of CBMI Li Ming.
Kenya: Simon Peter Ole Nkeri, the chief executive officer of East African Portland Cement Company (EAPCC), has been accused of sexual harassment in a legal case by a manager at the company. Lucy Rimanto Molonket, the head of Sales and Marketing, alleges that Nkeri harassed her on 31 August 2016, according to the Business Daily newspaper. She then alleges that he texted her to apologise for his behaviour. Subsequently she says that she was transferred to a low profile job in September 2016. EAPCC chairman Bill Lay has defended Nkeri, saying that the company has transferred 11 of its managers to different positions following financial problems.
Kenya: Savannah Cement has released further details on its plans to upgrade its Athi River grinding plant. It intends to increase the capacity at the site by 1.2Mt/yr to 2.4Mt/yr with the installation of a vertical roller mill. Additionally, new belt conveyors, a packing plant and dust filters will be added. It plans to have the upgrade commissioned by mid-2018, according to the Business Daily newspaper. It will be built from December 2016 to March 2018.
"We are hoping to issue the tender for the project in early 2017, possibly January or February. Being a second production line, construction work should take anything between 14 and 18 months, therefore we would have the plant up and running by mid-2018. Once we get the approvals we will immediately look to finalise the financing aspect of the project," said Savannah Cement managing director Ronald Ndegwa. The cement producer is adding production capacity to expand its range of cement, with a focus on its hydraulic road binder blend that is used in road construction.
Kenya: East African Portland Cement (EAPC) plans to lay-off over 1000 workers as part of plans to improve its efficiency. The company’s board has described the organisation as ‘severely over staffed’ and unable to compete with its rivals, according to Citizen Digital. At present it has around 2000 personnel and studies suggest that it only needs 500 of these workers to remain competitive.
Chairman Bill Lay said that high staff costs have contributed to the government-owned company’s financial problems. The management team is developing a voluntary early retirement program that will reduce staff levels. The company intends to spend US$19.6m towards the downsizing programme.
Kenya: East African Portland Cement (EAPC) has hired Ernst & Young to conduct a forensic audit of its business following reports that the company is technically bankrupt and may have lost around US$7.1m worth of stock from its warehouses since 2014. Cement stock valued at US$4m went missing in Kenya and US$3.1m disappeared in Uganda, according to the Business Daily newspaper. Ernst & Young started work for the state-owned cement producer in early November 2016.
Kenya: East African Portland Cement’s (EAPCC) profit has fallen by 42% to US$41m in the first half of 2016 from US$70.7m in the same period of 2015. It has blamed the drop on a fall in the revaluation gain of its assets, according to the Daily Nation newspaper. Its revenue rose by 5.4% to US$87m but this was adversely affected by rising cost of sales. The cement producer asked for regulatory approval to publish its financial results after a 31 October 2016 deadline.
Kenya: ARM Cement has completed an equity deal to secure US$140m in funding from CDC Group. The investment is believed to be the largest equity deal in Kenya and East Africa in 2016, and one of the largest equity deals in Kenya to date. The cement producer intends to use the investment to build a new cement plant in Kitui County.
“This deal is indicative of the increased infrastructure development in the East African region. The demand for quality and sustainably produced cement has never been higher, and this deal capacitates ARM to meet this demand head-on. The deal is good news as it is expected to create jobs due to increased production and opportunities all along the supply chain,” said Paras Shah, a partner with Bowmans Kenya, the firm that advised ARM on the legal aspects of the transaction.
Kenya: ARM Cement has appointed John Ngumi, Pepe Meijer and Ketso Gordhan as non-executive directors of the company. They replace Atul Mathur, Michael Turner and Daniel Ndonye, who have resigned as directors following an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders held on 26 August 2016.
John Ngumi holds a BA degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, UK. He started his banking career at National Westminster Bank, London and has since worked variously for Grindlays Bank, Barclays Bank, Citibank and CfC Stanbic Bank/Standard Bank of South Africa. In between he also co-founded one of Africa's first indigenous investment banking groups, Loita Capital Partners. Ngumi left CfC Stanbic Bank in 2015 upon his appointment by President Uhuru Kenyatta as non executive chair of the Board of Directors, Kenya Pipeline Company Limited.
Pepe Meijer is a Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) Advisor and former Managing director for PPC International up-to November 2015. During his PPC tenure Meijer also held various Executive, General, Senior and Middle management positions across PPC’s cement operations that spanned over 28 years. Prior to joining PPC, he worked in the gold mining industry as section engineer and in the fishing/processing /frozen-food industry as group projects manager.
Ketso Gordhan joined CDC in April 2016 as the Head of Africa. He previously spent several years as Chief Executive Officer of PPC Cement, South Africa’s largest cement company. At PPC, Gordhan led the expansion of the company into sub-Saharan Africa, helping build the footprint outside South Africa into Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. Before PPC, Gordhan spent almost 10 years leading RMB’s private equity business. He has also held a number of public sector roles, including City Manager of Johannesburg and Director General of the Ministry of Transport, where he led major infrastructure projects, such as the South Africa’s N4 Toll Road.