Africa’s Richest Man, Aliko Dangote Gains $700 Million, A Significant Increase in His Net Worth- Report
By Richard Adorsu-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Accra Ghana- At the end of the first week of November, Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Africa, saw a significant increase in his net worth as shares of his flagship company, Dangote Cement Plc, rose by double digits, staging a recovery from its fall in October.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which tracks and compares the fortunes of the world’s 500 richest people, Dangote’s net worth has increased by $700 million in the last week, rising from $17.6 billion on November 1 to $18.3 billion on November 7.
The significant uptick in his net worth above $18.3 billion can be attributed to the performance of his 86 percent stake in publicly traded Dangote Cement, as the share price of the leading cement company recovered strongly after falling to a one-year low near the end of October.
The $700-million bump in his wealth figures was fueled by an 8.8 percent increase in the company’s share price on the Nigerian Exchange from N220.5 ($0.502) on November 1 to N240 ($0.546) at the time of writing this report, as investors on the local bourse renewed buying interest in the company’s shares, which continue to trade below their fair value.
According to Simply Wall St, a Sydney-based research firm, the company’s shares are trading below analysts’ calculated fair price-to-earnings ratio, a financial ratio that compares a company’s valuation to earnings and tells investors how much a company is worth.
The Australian company also revealed that the cement maker’s earnings are expected to grow by 18.83 percent per year and that analysts are unanimous in their prediction that the company’s stock price will rise by 38.8 percent in the short to medium.
Leaving aside these estimates, Dangote Cement is struggling to outperform last year’s financial results, with profits falling by double digits at the end of the first nine months of its current fiscal year due to lower demand and rising energy costs.
The group’s earnings dropped by 23.4 percent to N213.1 billion ($486.5 million) at the end of the first nine months of its 2022 fiscal year, from N278.25 billion ($635.2 million) the previous year, according to figures contained in the group’s recently published financial statement, as rising energy and distribution costs ate into its earnings.
In light of the drop in earnings, the billionaire businessman, who is not only Nigeria’s richest man but also Africa’s richest billionaire, may receive a lower dividend next year than the N293 billion ($704.1 million) he received this year.
For New Africa Business News Richard Adorsu Reports, Africa Correspondent