In April 2016, CDC announced a $140 million investment into the company designed to boost the local supply of cement in East Africa.
It allows ARM to potentially expand its operations into neighbouring countries and promote the development of regional infrastructure.
In the short-term, our investment will be used to repay the company’s debt and improve its financial strength. This will allow it to focus on plans to improve its current operations and build new capacity.
Cement prices are very high in many countries in Africa, which makes buildings and infrastructure development prohibitively high. By increasing the local cement capacity, our goal is to bring down the cost of cement to customers who are based a long distance away from the traditional coastal producers.
It also benefits the supply chain of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that transport the company’s raw materials and provide it with general services.
Environmental and social aspects
We are supporting ARM Cement to improve its health and safety management systems through on-the-job training and behavioural change programmes.
Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.
- Africa, East Africa
We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people.
- Investment type
We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).
- Direct Equity
- Start date
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- September 2016
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