Kenya: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is set to take over loans worth US$120m at ARM Cement. UK-government investor CDC Group, which owns a 41% stake in the cement producer, will also loan it US$20m, according to the Business Daily newspaper. The IFC loan is expected by mid-2019 and the CFC loan will arrive by the end of September 2018. The IFC has also proposed a US$50m equity investment in ARM Cement but chief executive Pradeep Paunrana wants to wait until his company’s share price returns to normal to avoid the company being undervalued.
The cement producer reported a loss of US$55m in 2017 due to poor demand in Kenya and Tanzania. It said it was undergoing a ‘significant’ review of its current operations, asset base and financing structure to address its problems.