HeidelbergCement’s rights issue & placing

HeidelbergCement’s rights issue & placing
Published: 22 September 2009

HeidelbergCement’s rights issue and the share placing by the controlling shareholders is set to raise a gross €4427m.  While the rights issue is set to raise some €2300m, the placing by existing shareholders will bring in €2115m to reduce the debt accumulated by the Merckle family interests.

The rights issue should reduce the gearing level from 124.2% at the end of June to approximately 80%, which should remove the immediate strains on the balance sheet as capital investment continues in emerging markets. 

Eventually, the disposal of the non-cement and aggregates interests acquired with Hanson improve the capital structure of the group, as will the impending sale of the sale of the Israeli concrete, aggregates and asphalt-based  operations to Mashav for some  €120m.