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BUA makes N460bn in 2023 cement sale amid 100% price hike

The BUA Cement Plc has posted a strong revenue growth of 27.4% to N460 billion in 2023 according to audited financial results for the 12-month period ended December 2023.

The company reported that the result was base on an increasing market share, despite what it described as “challenging economic conditions that started with the Naira redesign
policy.”

It reported a profit after tax of N69.45 billion for the financial year ended December 2023, representing a 31.2% decline year-on-year, which it blamed largely due to a foreign exchange loss of N69.95 billion—an increase from N5.50 billion recorded in 2022.

This contained in a statement titled: “BUA Cement Plc releases audited financial results for the 12-month period ended December 2023; records strong revenue growth of 27.4% to n460 billion; impacted by foreign exchange losses due to devaluation of the naira,” released on Thursday.

According to the statement, the company said that with the devaluation of the Naira last June and its continued depreciation, as well as growing inflation, it has faced increasing price pressures which it said has impacted production costs, “as these increased by 39.5% to N276 billion (2022: N197.9 billion).”

“In addition, a net foreign exchange loss of N70 billion (2022: N5.5 billion) was recorded; with N52.5 billion attributed to finance costs, associated with the construction of the additional 3mmtpa lines at Obu and Sokoto (incl. other ancillary activities) and the sum of N17.5 billion attributed to foreign trade payables. Nevertheless, the Company reported a net profit after tax of N69.5 billion,” the firm noted.

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The statement, however, quoted the Managing Director/ CEO, Yusuf Binji to have said, “Clearly, the operating environment in 2023 was challenging, given the different headwinds confronted with at the start of the year and especially with the devaluation of the Naira.

“During the year, we launched the maiden edition of the BUA Cement Scratch and Win promo., among other initiatives, which saw BUA Cement further increase its share of the market and resulted to a 27.4% rise in revenues to N460 billion from N361 billion in the prior year.

“In addition, we cold commissioned the new 3mmtpa lines at the Sokoto and Obu Plants, activated a new 70MW gas power plant in Sokoto and eagerly await the activation of the 70MW gas power plant at Obu during the first quarter of 2024. Apart from these, we took delivery of over 500 trucks to support our distribution activities, which further deepened our market presence.

“We believe these investments further ‘Reinforces our Purpose,’ which is to be ‘A highly competitive leader in Nigeria’, as we address not only the housing and infrastructure needs in a sustainable manner, but also seek out innovative ways to making cement affordable.”

On the Financial Performance, the Chief Financial Officer, Jacques Piekarski said: “Our financial performance in 2023 was indeed resilient given the economic environment, led by the devaluation of the Naira.

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“But despite the reported foreign exchange loss, EBITDA increased by 9.6% to N169.3 billion from N154.5 billion in 2022. We are confident about the business, together with the evolving strategy to thrive.”

Meanwhile, despite the huge gains, BUA Cement and other cement companies in the country two weeks ago increased the price of cement to over 100 percent.

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