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Eric Olsen appointed as future CEO of LafargeHolcim

09 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Lafarge and Holcim have approved the appointment of Eric Olsen as the future chief executive officer of LafargeHolcim, to be in office as from the closing of the merger project. Eric Olsen, presently Lafarge executive vice president, Operations, is appointed as future CEO of LafargeHolcim Mr Olsen (51), who has dual American and French nationalities, is presently Lafarge executive VP, Operations and has been a member of the Group’s Executive Committee since 2007. He has  h...

LH merger: Galchev demands improved terms

06 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Russian billionaire, Filaret Galchev, who holds 10.8 per cent of Holcim through Eurocement holding, is demanding a renegotiation of the deal by Holcim and Lafarge to create the world’s largest cement company. The revised terms of the merger gave a more attractive share-swap ratio for Holcim shareholders, whereby Lafarge shareholders would receive nine Holcim shares for every 10 Lafarge ones, rather than the one-for-one ratio previously proposed. However, Galchev, Holcim’s second-largest s...

HeidelbergCement turned down merger with Holcim

06 April 2015, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement turned down a merger with Holcim, following discussions in late 2013 between Holcim chairman Rolf Soiron and HeidelbergCement’s biggest shareholder, Ludwig Merckle, who owns 25 per cent of HeidelbergCement shares through the family-run Spohn Cement, according to reports in SonntagsZeitung newspaper. "Right before the talks with Lafarge, Soiron discussed a merger with Heidelberg," the Swiss newspaper quoted one of the sources as saying. "Heidelberg declined it, though, becau...

Lafarge and Holcim receive clearance from CCI on proposed merger

02 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim and Lafarge yesterday announced they have received clearance from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on their proposed merger. A package of asset divestments has been agreed with the CCI which involves the sale of the Sonadih cement plant and Jojobera grinding unit both owned by Lafarge. The two plants have a combined capacity total capacity of 5Mta and are situated in eastern India. The groups said in a joint statement that the divestment process will be carried out in the ...

Thailand: Holcim sells stake in Siam City Cement

30 March 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim Ltd today announces that it has sold its entire remaining shareholding of 27.5 per cent in Siam City Cement (Public) Company Ltd (SCCC) in Thailand via a private placement in capital markets. For the sale of its entire remaining stake, Holcim will receive a total consideration of approximately CHF655m (US$626m), which will result in a gain before taxes of approximately CHF365m (US$349m). Of the 27.5 per cent, 24.9 percent were acquired by a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, a Ho...

Holcim's No. 2 shareholder reportedly plans to vote against Lafarge merger

30 March 2015, Published under Cement News

Eurocement Holding AG, the second-largest shareholder in Holcim Ltd, plans to vote against the Swiss company's merger with Lafarge SA unless the financial terms of the deal are altered, according to a person familiar with situation. Eurocement, which holds 10.82 per cent of Holcim, believes the terms of the deal continue to undervalue the Swiss company despite a revision of the agreement a little more than a week ago, the person said. The deal, which was originally structured as a one-for-...

Holcim launches upto US$741.4m selldown in Siam City shares

27 March 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim Ltd on Thursday launched an up to US$741.4m selldown of shares in Thailand's second-largest cement company Siam City Cement PCL (SCCC), IFR reported, citing a term sheet of the deal. Holcim is selling 63.29 million SCCC shares through its Thai Roc-Cem Ltd unit at an indicative range of between THB350 and THB381, putting the total deal at up to THB24.11bn (US$741m), added IFR, a Thomson Reuters publication. SCCC, controlled by Thailand's Ratanarak family, had announces Holcim's inten...

Lafarge and Holcim agree on revised terms

20 March 2015, Published under Cement News

Lafarge and Holcim are back on track with their proposed merger having reached an agreement on revised terms for the deal. Holcim demanded new terms earlier this week, stating that the merger could no “longer be pursued in its present form and has proposed to enter into negotiations in good faith around the exchange ratio and governance issues." Under the new terms confirmed today, both parties agreed on a new exchange ratio of 9 Holcim shares for 10 Lafarge shares. The companies ha...

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...

Holcim Board seek exchange ratio renegotiation for Lafarge-Holcim merger

16 March 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim has issued a statement on its Annual General Meeting and the Board of Directors' decision to renegotiate the exchange ratio for the Lafarge-Holcim tie-up. The Board of Directors of Holcim Ltd has decided that the agenda for the Annual General Meeting of 13 April  2015 will only contain topics related to Holcim Ltd. This decision has been taken due to pending antitrust clearance in the US and India, pending EU approval of CRH as purchaser of divested assets, as well as delays in the ...