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USA: FTC approves HeidelbergCement divestiture

16 November 2016, Published under Cement News

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has given its approval to an application from HeidelbergCement and Italcementi for the divestiture of the Essroc Martinsburg cement plant in West Virginia and eight cement terminals, local newspaper the Morning Call reports. The plant and terminals are to be acquired by Cementos Argos for US$660m. The divestiture was required by the FTC to preserve competition in the face of the merger of HeidelbergCement and Italcementi. The deal was originally ag...

Cementos Argos sees Honduras potential

21 October 2016, Published under Cement News

This week it was announced that Cementos Argos was looking to expand its overseas cement capacity by upgrading its 0.3Mta Cementos del Sur (Cesur) facility in San Lorenzo Valley, southern Honduras. Cementos Argos bought Lafarge’s 53.3 per cent shares in the Cesur grinding station as well as the 1Mta Piedras Azules integrated plant from Lafarge in 2013 for EUR232m. The Honduran population is expected to grow by 1.4 per cent annually from 8.4m in 2013 to 8.65m in 2020. In four years' time...

Cementos Argos

19 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Colombia’s cement producers, including Cementos Argos, will be awaiting the fallout from the country’s ‘no’ vote on October 2. Following four years of planning the Colombian government signed a peace agreement with the rebel group Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) in June this year, putting the deal to the public vote via a referendum earlier this month. A surprise ‘no’ vote (winning with 50.25 per cent of the votes), believed to be due to the deal being too lenient on the r...

Visible cracks

10 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Over the last 18 months CDP has analysed sectors ranging from electric utilities and automotive manufacturing to extractives and has benchmarked how leading players manage climate risks and opportunities. In June it was the turn of the cement sector, as CDP published ‘Visible Cracks’, its first report for investors on the global cement industry. This publication revealed how differently companies in the sector are preparing for the transition to a low-carbon economy. By Tarek Soliman and Cha...

USA: public asked for their comments on Martinsburg plant's future

27 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Federal regulators are seeking public opinion on one aspect of the pending US$4.2bn merger between HeidelbergCement and Italcementi that will include a change in ownership for Essroc Cement Corp and the Martinsburg cement plant, West Virginia. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have raised concenrs about the likelihood that the sale of the Martinsburg cement plant to Argos USA LLC for US$660m would likely harm competition in five US markets - Indianapolis, Baltimore-Washington, DC, Syracus...

Cementos Argos is Dow Jones' Sustainability winner in construction materials

12 September 2016, Published under Cement News

For the fourth consecutive year, Cementos Argos was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) this time as an industry leader for construction materials, with results that support its leadership in social, environmental and economic issues. "The permanence in this index confirms our business model, in which we start with sustainability and innovation as pillars of the strategy to create value for our customers, shareholders, communities, employees, and other stakeholders," ...


02 September 2016, Published under Cement News

To eliminate monopoly issues in the USA caused by the acquisition of Italcementi, HeidelbergCement has agreed to sell the cement works at Martinsburg, West Virginia, and eight cement terminals to Cementos Argos for US$600m. This transaction is expected to be completed during the final quarter of this year. HeidelbergCement has agreed to sell its aggregates operations in the Gothenburg region to Swerock, a subsidiary of the Swedish contracting group Peab, for around EUR11.6m, with the deal...

Argos Board approves sale 20% stake in Argos Panamá

24 August 2016, Published under Cement News

The Board of Cementos Argos has approved the sale of 20 per cent of shares of Argos Panama for the sum of US$126m. Buyer is the Grupo Provivienda, controlled by Federico Salazar, a Colombian-Panamanian investor. The company is part of the Grupo Cusecar, which has 22 years of experience in the construction sector in Panama and Central America. The sale is part of Cementos Argos’ plan to raise funds for the financing of the Martinsburg plant in the US by a divestment of US$350m.

HeidelbergCement to sell US assets to Cementos Argos in US$660m deal

18 August 2016, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement has agreed to sell its plant in Martinsburg (WV), USA, and eight terminals to Cementos Argos for US$660m. The deal is subject to regulatory approval, but the Federal Trade Commission had ordered the disposal as a result of the Italcementi acquisition. HeidelbergCement said that it expected the transaction to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016. The deal involves the disposal of the company's Lehigh and Essroc subsidiaries. Dr Bernd Scheifele, chairman of the Man...

Cementos Argos 2Q16 US results remain strong

17 August 2016, Published under Cement News

For the second quarter Cementos Argos' cement volumes decreased by 1.9 per cent, totalling 3.5Mt, as a result of a challenging market environment in Colombia. These results were compensated by the US regional division, where Cementos Argos grew 16.3 per cent. In the ready-mix segment the company sold 3Mm 3 , up 1.1 per cent from the previous year. Cementos Argos registered double-digit growth in revenues, EBITDA and net income, driven by the US, Caribbean and Central America operations an...