GCR Issues Highest AAA+(NG) & A1+(NG) Ratings To Dangote Cement

Lagos, 30 March 2021: Dangote Cement PLC (DANGCEM-NL), Africa’s largest cement producer, announces the publication of the upgraded credit ratings from Global Credit Ratings.

Global Credit Ratings Announcement

Global Credit Ratings has upgraded the long term Issuer rating of Dangote Cement to AAA (NG), and affirmed the short term issuer rating of A1+(NG), with outlook accorded as Stable. In addition, GCR has upgraded the long term Issue rating of AAA (NG) accorded to Dangote Cement’s existing N100bn Series 1 Fixed Rate Bond, and assigned an indicative rating of AAA (NG) to its proposed Up to N300bn Series 1 (Tranche A – C) Bond.

According to GCR, the ratings upgrade is underpinned by Dangote Cement’s strong competitive position as Africa’s leading integrated cement manufacturer, evidenced by very strong earnings, robust cash flows and moderate gearing metrics. The Issuer ratings and the existing bond rating will expire in November 2021, while the proposed Series 1 (Tranche A – C) Bond rating is valid until May 2021.

Dangote Cement’s existing N100bn Series 1 Fixed Rate Bond is the only corporate bond at AAA rating in Nigeria. AAA ratings are issued to investment-grade debt that has the highest level of creditworthiness with the strongest capacity to repay investors.

The full rating can be viewed on Global Credit Ratings’ website: Dangote Cement GCR Rating.

 

Michel Puchercos, Chief Executive Officer, said:

“We are delighted to be the first ever Nigerian corporate, and one of the very few in Africa, to receive the AAA issuer rating by Global Credit Ratings. Dangote Cement has been able to maintain its strong competitive position, despite the challenging and volatile environment in 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AAA rating, which is the highest rating issued by Global Credit Rating, affirms our resilient financial position and high creditworthiness. We continue to report strong cash generation and remain committed to maximizing shareholder value creation.

This upgrade also supports Dangote Cement’s continuous effort to champion the deployment of international best practices in term of shareholders and debtholders’ engagement and information. For example, being the first Nigerian company listed on the Nigerian stock Exchange Premium Board to release a combined annual and sustainability report confirms to our stakeholders our ambition to maximize long term value creation while embracing global standards.”

 

About Dangote Cement

Dangote Cement is Africa’s leading cement producer with nearly 48.6Mta capacity across Africa. A fully integrated quarry-to-customer producer, we have a production capacity of 32.25Mta in our home market, Nigeria. Our Obajana plant in Kogi state, Nigeria, is the largest in Africa with 16.25Mta of capacity across five lines; our Ibese plant in Ogun State has four cement lines with a combined installed capacity of 12Mta and our Gboko plant in Benue state has 4Mta. Through our recent investments, Dangote Cement has eliminated Nigeria’s dependence on imported cement and has transformed the nation into an exporter of cement serving neighbouring countries.
In addition, we have operations in Cameroon (1.5Mta clinker grinding), Congo (1.5Mta), Ghana (1.5Mta import), Ethiopia (2.5Mta), Senegal (1.5Mta), Sierra Leone (0.5Mta import), South Africa (2.8Mta), Tanzania (3.0Mta), Zambia (1.5Mta).