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Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Dangote Cement Plc and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review discussion held on 12 August 2021 in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. The review did not involve a rating committee. Since 1 January 2019, Moody's practice has been to issue a press release following each periodic review to announce its completion.
This publication does not announce a credit rating action and is not an indication of whether or not a credit rating action is likely in the near future. Credit ratings and outlook/review status cannot be changed in a portfolio review and hence are not impacted by this announcement.
Key rating considerations are summarized below.
Dangote Cement Plc's (DCP) B1 corporate family rating (CFR), which is one notch above the Government of Nigeria's B2 bond rating, assumes a predominately naira capital structure is maintained and considers the company's strong intrinsic credit quality balanced against meaningful linkage and limited ability to withstand stress at the Nigerian sovereign or macroeconomic level.
DCP's B1 CFR is supported by the company's strong market presence in Nigeria and other African markets in which it operates. DCP strong business profile benefits from its dominant market position in Nigeria and high gross margins of above 60%. Credit metrics remain conservative with low debt /EBITDA of below 1.0x and high interest coverage above 9.0x, supported by prudent financial policies that ensure credit metrics remain strong through operating and project build cycles.
The ratings are constrained by the single product exposure to cement and small scale level of cement production with high concentration of production in Nigeria. Dangote Cement's high reliance on short term debt funding and aggressive dividend policy exposes the company to liquidity risk.