During 2013 Tanga Cement Company Limited (TCCL) celebrated some significant milestones and successes in executing its strategy and living up to its brand promise of being the ‘Pride of the Nation’. We are proud of our contribution towards the development of Tanzania and more importantly to the lives of the many people we are able to touch and enhance due to our business activities.
Tanzania has continued to maintain overall macroeconomic stability, which has been a fundamental factor behind the positive economic growth. Demand for cement products, both locally and from the export markets, remains high. Despite the increase in low-priced imports and changes in the competitive landscape, our high-quality products and sound relationships with customers enabled us to thrive in the fiercely competitive environment. We will continue to improve on our quality and service offering in order to maintain market share and sales performance.
Inflation declined from last year, to an annual rate of 5.6%, while the steady exchange rate helped by providing a degree of stability in the costs of our clinker and other imported materials.
Historical sales and distribution performance
The past year was characterised by challenging trading conditions in the local market. This was mainly due to increased competition as a result of growing cement imports. Although the economy of Tanzania continued to expand during the period under review and the macro-economic climate was generally favourable, the additional market demand created was captured by importers rather than the local cement manufacturers.
As a result, sales volumes, as well as the selling prices achieved, were lower than expected and both sales volumes and total sales revenue were lower than those achieved over the same period in 2012.
I would like to commend the management and staff of TCCL for their positive achievements during the year and urge them to keep up the great performance.
A major milestone achieved during the year was the acquisition of an additional 40% shareholding in CDEAL, giving the company full ownership of the sales and distribution arm of the business. The acquisition will ensure improved integration and strategic alignment with TCCL.
Strategic changes in the sales and marketing of TCCL’s products have been effected following the takeover of CDEAL.
Improving operational efficiencies and containing production costs were a major focus in 2013 and significant successes were achieved, particularly during the second half of the year. In addition, the company secured the supply of coal from local sources and entered into negotiations for a long-term purchase agreement for clinker, both of which will add to the cost containment efforts. The kiln performed well during the year and experienced no major mechanical problems, with the only stoppages being for planned maintenance. Clinker production volumes increased by 1.7% compared to the previous year.
The company’s operating profit for the year decreased by 5.1%, whilst net profit after tax decreased by 5.4%.
In August 2013, TCCL celebrated the start of the construction phase of the second kiln line with a groundbreaking ceremony.
The new kiln will enhance the company’s competitive advantage. Once completed, the kiln will increase the company’s clinker production capacity by 750,000 tons per annum, more than doubling its current clinker capacity.
With commissioning expected during the second half of 2015, the additional capacity will help the company to meet the growing demand for cement both in Tanzania and in markets beyond the country’s borders. We look forward to the future value the company will derive from this substantial investment.
The board has recommended a final dividend of Tzs 60 per share (2012: Tzs 55). Amounting to a total final dividend of Tzs 3,8 billion. This brings the accumulated dividend for the year to Tzs 110 per share (2012: Tzs 100), a total of Tzs 7 billion for the full year.
Closure of the Share Register
The register of members will close on 25 April 2014. The last day for trading cum-dividend will be 22 April 2014 and the final dividend will be paid on or about 31 May 2014.
After joining the TCCL family in August 2012 to oversee the construction of a second kiln line, Mr Reinhardt Swart was appointed as the Managing Director of Tanga Cement Company Limited in July 2013. I would like to use this opportunity to thank Mr Swart for his contribution towards the success of the company within ashort period of time. We look forward to the new heights TCCL will reach under his leadership.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank the employees of Tanga Cement Company Limited for the passion they have for the company and for their commitment to ensuring its continued prosperity. We look forward to celebrating many successes together in 2014.
Mr. Lawrence Masha
31 March 2014