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Nuvoco Vistas plans 5-10% rise in specialised cement range

06 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Nuvoco Vistas Corporation Ltd, previously known as Lafarge India, is planning a 5-10 per cent rise in specialised cement to its product range over the next two years. Value-added products and cost cuts across its plants are expected to benefit the company's topline, according to The Telegraph. "At present, around 50 per cent of the product basket is in specialised cement. With consumer needs changing, our focus in the coming years is to expand the offering of more value-added products," s...

India: Nirma raises US$598m to finance Lafarge acquisition

16 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Nirma Group, which in July won the race to buy Lafarge India for a reported US$1.4bn, has raised INR40bn (US$598m) from a bond sale to finance the purchase, the Economic Times reports. Nirma has created a special purpose vehicle, Nirchem, which administered the bond sale and will be used in the acquisition process. The sale, the largest of its type, was oversubscribed, with investors attracted by the 8.68 per cent yield, seen a decent price given Nirma’s AA credit rating. 

Indian cement producers to appeal CCI fines

02 September 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim, India Cements and Ramco Cements have said that they will appeal against yesterday’s ruling by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) which levied fines totalling INR67bn (US$1bn) against 11 firms, the Press Trust of India reports. Four of the other affected companies – UltraTech, Shree Cement, Jaiprakash Associates and JK Cement – have said they will seek legal advice and may subsequently submit appeals of their own. LafargeHolcim has said it believes it has a strong ...

Competition Commission of India imposes US$944m fine for cartelisation

01 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has levied a fine of INR63.2bn (US$944m) on 10 cement companies whom it accuses of conspiring to fix prices in contravention of competition law. In addition, the Cement Manufacturers Association has been ordered to pay a INR7.3m fine. Of the 10 companies, four – Jaiprakash Associates, UltraTech, Ambuja Cements and ACC – will bear the brunt of the penalties, accounting for 76 per cent of the total fine. The other firms fined today are Lafarge, Cent...

Anhui Conch

22 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Anhui Conch has missed out on the chance to acquire Lafarge India, despite its offer of INR95bn (US$1.4bn) coming in higher than the winning bid. A deal was finally struck with Nirma Ltd at INR94bn, but this remains subject to approval by the Competition Commission of India (CCI). The transaction includes three cement plants and two grinding station with a total capacity of 11Mta.  A number of articles have examined why Anhui Conch was unsuccessful with one by Mint dismissing rumours that...

Conch offer shows price just one factor in Lafarge deal

14 July 2016, Published under Cement News

China’s Anhui Conch lost out in the race to acquire Lafarge India despite the fact that its offer of INR95bn (US$1.4bn) was higher than the INR94bn bid submitted by Nirma Group, the eventual winners. In an article published today, Mint examines some possibilities behind Anhui’s failure. The paper dismisses suggestions that the Competition Commission of India intervened directly to block its bid but does lend support to the idea that Lafarge was happier to reach agreement with a domestic f...

India: Nirma to acquire Lafarge India for US$1.4bn

11 July 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has announced that it has reached agreement with Nirma Group for the sale of Lafarge India. The deal - valued at US$1.4bn - will see Nirma acquire assets that include 11Mta of grinding capacity and several limestone quarries. Nirma has won out against four other bidders: China’s Anhui Conch, Mexican firm Cemex, and domestic firms JSW Cement and Piramal Group. The Competition Commission of India still needs to approve the move, but given Nirma’s small existing presence in the...

Deadline day reached for Lafarge India bids

04 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Today (4 July) sees the passing of the deadline by which bidders must submit binding offers for Lafarge India's assets. According to press sources, five companies – three domestic and two foreign – are in the running for the facilities, which include production capacity of 11Mta. The five firms submitting their bids today are: Cemex, Anhui Conch, JSW Cement, Piramal Enterprises and the Nirma Group. Of the five, only JSW Cement has a significant presence in the Indian market: the company h...

India: Five bidders still in running for Lafarge

01 June 2016, Published under Cement News

The Financial Express reports that Lafarge India has reduced the number of bidders vying to acquire its assets to a shortlist of five: Cemex, Anhui Conch Cement, JSW Cement, Piramal Enterprises and the Nirma Group. Of the five, only JSW Cement has a significant presence in the Indian market, although Piramal and Nirma both operate in other sectors in the country. Lafarge India’s assets amount to a capacity of 11Mta and include mining rights. The six plants included in the sale are loca...

India: LafargeHolcim sale temporarily halted by court

18 April 2016, Published under Cement News

The sale of 11Mta of LafargeHolciim assets in India has been put on hold by India's Competition Appellate Tribunal. According to Mint an appeal has been lodged by Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd. against the Competition Commission of India’s decision ordering the divestment of Lafarge India. The tribunal's decision will delay the sale process by at least three weeks, until May 9. Last week saw the close of bidding for the assets - three integrated plants and two grinding plants with a combi...