BUA Cement raises sales by 27% year-on-year in 2023

BUA Cement raises sales by 27% year-on-year in 2023

BUA Cement recorded 27% year-on-year growth in sales in 2023, to US$300m. This was in spite of ‘economic challenges,’ including a rate of inflation of the Nigerian Naira of 30% at the end of the year. Costs rose by 39% to US$180m, both due to inflation and energy crises. Nonetheless, the group grew its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) by 10% to US$111m. Profit after tax dropped by 31% to US$45.4m.

Managing director and CEO Yusuf Binji said “Clearly, the operating environment in 2023 was challenging, given the different headwinds confronted at the start of the year and especially with the devaluation of the Naira.” Looking ahead to the current year, Binji added “We could commission the new 3Mt/yr lines at the Sokoto and Obu cement plants, activate 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.”

The Daily Trust newspaper has reported that religious leaders held thanksgiving services for a 50% pay rise for BUA Cement’s employees at the company’s Sokoto cement plant on 1 March 2024.