CIMERWA, Rwanda’s leading cement producer, is set to become majority owned by new long-term investor committed to regional expansion.
In an announcement issued on Friday November 17, PPC International Holdings Proprietary Limited, the majority shareholders and Rwanda’s minority shareholders of CIMERWA Plc said they have individually entered into share purchase agreements which will see National Cement Holdings Limited (“National Cement”), one of the largest cement manufacturers in East Africa, acquire 99.94% of CIMERWA.
Observers say the move represents a milestone for the industry in Rwanda, as its first and sole integrated cement producer becomes majority owned by a company with a solid foothold in the East African region and strong growth ambitions in tune with the region’s infrastructure development imperative.
CIMERWA, is majority-owned by PPCIH, with a 51% stake, while the remaining 49% is distributed among minority shareholders, including Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB), Agaciro Development Fund, Rwanda Investment Group and SONARWA General Insurance Company Holdings Ltd.
With strong support from its leadership team and shareholders, the company has achieved remarkable improvements in both operational efficiency and financial performance in past years.
Regis Rugemanshuro, Chairman of CIMERWA said the entry of the Nation Cement in the Rwandan market will not only bolster production but also ensure growth
“We look forward to welcoming National Cement as our new shareholder. We are confident that they have the financial and technical resources required to support CIMERWA’s growth and expansion in line with our vision and their ambitions in the region,”
“We would like to thank our current shareholders for their support over the years and reiterate our commitment to building on the successes we have achieved to date and to enhancing our positive impact in the region,” Rugemanshuro said.
National Cement is part of the Devki Group of companies, a conglomerate boasting a diverse portfolio in cement, steel, roofing materials, fertilizers, and packaging materials. As a significant player in the cement industry within the East African Region, the Group operates an integrated cement plant, a clinker plant, and multiple grinding plants in Kenya.
Additionally, it operates a cement grinding plant in Eastern Uganda. The acquisition of CIMERWA aligns seamlessly with the Devki Group’s strategy of expanding its footprint, furthering its commitment to infrastructure development of the region.
Dr. Narendra Raval, Chairman of Devki Group commented said they are looking to invest more in production in efforts to boost infrastructure development in Rwanda.
“We are committed to a long-term strategic partnership with CIMERWA. We believe in the potential for this business and its people and are excited by the opportunity to support infrastructure development in the region in line with our strategic expansion ambitions,” Dr. Raval said.
.Roland van Wijnen, CEO of PPC Ltd, the South African-based company which owns 100% of PPCIH, said the cement manufacturer is exiting any other markets to focus on Southern Africa and said that he is confident National Cement will fill the void they leave behind.
“This represents the final step in PPC’s execution of its revised strategy to focus on core Southern African markets and exit its Central and East African assets. It has been a long and fruitful relationship with CIMERWA and on behalf of the board of PPC Ltd, I would like to thank CIMERWA’s leadership for their support over the years and wish them all the best for the next chapter,” van Wijnen said.
“National Cement is a highly respected regional player and we are confident that it is the right partner to support CIMERWA on its journey to deliver enhanced value to its stakeholders,” he added.
“The implementation of the sale will be subject to the fulfilment of, or waiver of conditions precedent typical of a transaction of this nature by no later than 29 February 2024.” the statement said.
Established in 1984, CIMERWA Plc has 40 years’ experience as Rwanda’s first and only integrated cement manufacturer. The company’s production plant is located in Bugarama, Rusizi District near the Southwestern border of Rwanda.