AfriSam to come up with new merger plan

AfriSam to come up with new merger plan
30 August 2017

Merger talks between South African cement producers AfriSam and PPC have been terminated after AfriSam retracted the heads of terms (HoT) that were entered into in February. PPC on Friday said AfriSam planned to rather submit an undisclosed new proposal regarding a possible combination of the two companies.

AfriSam acting chief executive, Rob Wessels, said the company remained committed to pursuing a transaction and intended to submit a new proposal regarding a possible merger to PPC.

"AfriSam remains firm that a transaction between AfriSam and PPC will greatly benefit the stakeholders of both companies. For this reason, we continue discussions with PPC and will explore other alternatives available to us,” said Mr Wessels.

"It remains our belief that a transaction between the two companies offers the local cement industry an opportunity to develop a champion with the required scale, operational efficiency and balance sheet to enable further investment opportunities in South Africa and the rest of the continent," he added.

PPC chairperson, Peter Nelson, added that the negotiations would only continue beyond 1 September 2017 if the new proposal tabled by AfriSam was ‘of sufficient interest and attraction and fair to shareholders and warranted extending’ the negotiations.

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