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Aboitiz plans to buy Lafarge Philippines assets

15 May 2015, Published under Cement News

Philippine conglomerate Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc said on Friday it had signed an agreement for a possible acquisition of Lafarge's local cement operations in partnership with CRH Plc. CRH had earlier agreed to buy for EUR6.5bn cement assets from Lafarge and Holcim Ltd., whose asset divestments are part of preconditions to winning regulatory approval for their merger. Both Lafarge and Holcim have cement assets in the Philippines. Aboitiz, which has investments in power generation and ban...

CRH: good advance in North America

06 May 2015, Published under Cement News

CRH's underlying sales in the first four months declined by around two per cent in Europe and increased by about eight per cent in the Americas during the first four months of the year. Some EUR45m was spent on acquisitions and investment during the first four months, while EUR540m was raised from divestments during the period. The group EBITDA in the first half expected to be around 10 per cent ahead of last year. Europe Heavy building materials volumes in Ireland continued to recover a...

LH Merger nears completion

01 May 2015, Published under Cement News

As Holcim’s shareholders prepare to meet next Friday to vote on the planned merger with Lafarge, will the confirmed support of Eurocement and a better than expected 1Q15 performance by Lafarge be enough to seal the deal? The planned EUR41bn tie-up between the world's two leading cement majors – billed as a “merger of equals” – was thrown into doubt in March as Holcim demanded new terms, stating that the deal “could no longer be pursued in its present form.” Holcim investors had wat...

Holcim and Lafarge receive EC approval for CRH as buyer of divestment assets

27 April 2015, Published under Cement News

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of several assets of Holcim and Lafarge by Irish building materials manufacturer CRH. The Commission concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns, in particular because the merged entity will continue to face sufficiently strong competition after the merger and customers will have alternative suppliers in all markets concerned. The proposed transaction concerns assets worth seve...

CRH Group Finance Director to assume Global Group Transformation role effective January 2016

27 April 2015, Published under Cement News

CRH plc announces that Maeve Carton, Group Finance Director, will lead a new strategic group function within CRH, commencing on 1 January 2016. As Group Transformation Director, Maeve will identify and implement the optimum financial and business model for the Group in the years ahead.  In this new role, Maeve will drive improved shareholder returns by identifying further synergies, efficiencies and cash generation opportunities as CRH continues to grow and acquire new businesses.  She wil...

Fitch expects negative impact on Lafarge credit profile if Holcim merger fails

18 March 2015, Published under Cement News

A failure of the proposed merger between Lafarge and Swiss Holcim would have negative effect on the credit profile of the French company, Fitch said. According to the rating agency, a collapse of the merger would be credit neutral for Holcim and positive for the credit profile of Irish rival CRH because its commitment to acquire assets from the two companies hinges on the deal’s completion. The rating agency believes the merger would come to a successful ending despite Holcim’s decisio...

CRH earnings up 11%

26 February 2015, Published under Cement News

CRH’s turnover increased by 4.9 per cent in 2014 to EUR18,912m while the EBITDA advanced by 11.3 per cent to EUR1641m. The trading profit before charging EUR49m of impairments rose by 28.8 per cent to EUR966m. The net interest charge declined by 1.2 per cent to EUR246m and a EUR77m gain on disposals, compared with EUR26m in 2014, led to a pre-tax profit of EUR761m compared with a loss of EUR215m in 2013. The net attributable result swung from a EUR296m loss to a profit of EUR582m. Net d...

CRH announces non-executive board appointment

19 February 2015, Published under Cement News

CRH announced the co-option to the Board, with effect from 1 March 2015, of Ms. Lucinda Riches as a non-executive Director. Ms Riches (53), a British citizen, is a non-executive director of UK Financial Investments Limited, which manages the UK Government’s investments in financial institutions.  She is a non-executive director of Diverse Income Trust  plc, Graphite Enterprise Trust plc, the British Standards Institution  and a non-executive member of the Partnership Board of King & Wood Ma...

CRH: climbing the building materials ladder

06 February 2015, Published under Cement News

News that CRH has beaten off competition to acquire a package of assets from Lafarge and Holcim ahead of their planned merger has been welcomed by the market, but not everyone is convinced by the rationale and apparent shift in strategy. CRH confirmed on Monday that it had “entered into a binding agreement to acquire certain assets currently owned by either Lafarge and Holcim that the companies must sell for their proposed merger to receive regulatory approval across various juris...

CRH

02 February 2015, Published under Cement News

CRH spent around EUR190m on 21 acquisitions during 2014 and raised some EUR350m from 16 disposals during the course of 2014. The biggest deal was the divestment in November of the 50 per cent interest in Denizili Çimentok to Oyak, which raised EUR170m. A number of ready-mixed concrete and concrete products plants were sold as were some property assets in six disposals. The total raised was some EUR240m. In North America, EUR110m was raised from the sale of nine investments and an asset ex...