Lafarge Africa Plc delivers strong growth of 65.4% in PAT


By Kehinde Ibrahim Lagos

LAFARGE Africa Plc., a leading Sub-Saharan Africa building solutions company and member of Holcim, a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, held its 63rd Annual General Meeting in Lagos on Thursday, 21st April 2022. During the meeting, shareholders unanimously agreed on the proposed total dividend of 200k per share (Interim and Final Dividends) as the company reported a Profit After Tax (PAT) of 51 billion Naira, a 65.4% growth as against the previous year’s result.

Lafarge Africa recorded a 27.1% increase in net sales driven primarily by strong volume and price improvement. The audited financial result for 2021 is an indication of the strength of the company’s execution of its strategy, which has led to impressive results.

Addressing shareholders during the meeting, Prince Adebode Adefioye, Chairman of the company’s board, hinged the company’s success on the rising demand for cement as building and construction activities picked up nationwide. ‘The cement industry experienced another year of strong growth, mainly attributable to increased government expenditure on infrastructure and improved real-estate investments by private and commercial home builders.”

According to Adefioye, the company benefited from these improved market conditions with volume and price growth; with net sales increasing by 27.1% compared with the previous year, to close at N293.1 billion. “The positive impact of increased net sales, moderated cost of sales, selling, distribution and administrative expenses amidst inflation and devaluation pressures resulted in improved margins recorded for the year.”

“Through effective governance frameworks, assessments, as well as monitoring and evaluation, we are entrenching a culture of ownership, ethics and corporate responsibility in our activities. We also continue to pursue and leverage strategic partnerships that help sustain value and with a positive impact on our stakeholder groups. We are providing thought leadership initiatives to strengthen our voice and position as a foremost company in Nigeria committed to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG),” he remarked.

Adefioye, while thanking the Shareholders for their support over the years, said that the dividend pay-out was a worthy return on their investments and assured them of the final dividend payment on the 21st of April 2022 to Shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at 1st April 2022, and who had completed the e-dividend registration and mandated the Registrar to pay their dividends directly into their bank accounts.

While responding to Shareholders during the meeting, Mr. Khaled El Dokani, Country CEO, Lafarge Africa Plc., said: “Our 2021 result was a record one and the PAT also was the best profit declared in a decade. Our top-line was mainly driven by volume growth, as well as the price improvement that we have noticed throughout the year, both have contributed to the improvement on our topline compared to last year.”

El Dokani further remarked: “In 2021, the cement demand was fairly good, I believe the country showed extreme commitment towards developing the infrastructure across the board.’

He noted that the company’s performance has once again shown the tenacity of the board, management and employees in achieving the overall goal of creating value for its stakeholders. “Our journey has been one of resilience, integrity and innovation, as we strive to meet the needs of our customers while adapting to the changing economic situations and growing demand for sustainable practice in the construction industry. I sincerely thank the entire Lafarge Africa team for their contributions to these successful outcomes” he added.

Another shareholder Mr. Tunji Bamidele thanked the company for its resilience throughout the global pandemic and the tough business environment which led to the delivery of exceptional results.