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Business News of Thursday, 9 March 2023


Dangote Cement set for third share buyback in two years

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Dangote Cement is steadily on track to realise the target of repurchasing up to 10 per cent of its common stock, having received the capital market regulator’s authorisation to start a new share buyback.

The company announced Wednesday the Securities and Exchange Commission had validated the move, setting up Africa’s largest cement manufacturer for the launch of its third share repurchase in less than three years.

From the first phase completed on the last day of 2020, 40.2 million shares were repurchased for N9.8 billion, representing 0.2 per cent of the total issued shares.

The second tranche, executed last January, bought back over 126.7 million units or 0.7 per cent at the sum of N35.1 billion.

That left the total residual issued and fully paid outstanding shares of the firm at about 16.9 billion units, with more than 1.5 billion shares due to be repurchased to match Dangote Cement’s buyback ambition.

“The share buy-back programme will be executed under the approval granted by the Company’s shareholders at the Extraordinary General Meeting of Dangote Cement PLC which was held on 13 December 2022,” the company said in a statement.

Buying its own shares back in some way allows the firm to hand more money back to shareholders on the expectation that fewer outstanding shares could strengthen the share price.

Dangote Cement’s share price has risen 16.4 per cent to N285 since the company completed its first share repurchase on 31 December 2020, hitting a high of N300 on 16 May 2022.

Cash and cash equivalents, the balance sheet item from which the money for a buyback is typically sourced, stood at N283.8 billion, according to the company’s 2022 audited annual report.

“The share buy-back will be undertaken through an open market offer or self-tender, at such times and on such terms as the Management of the Company may determine, subject to prevailing market conditions,” the firm said.