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Holcim shareholders back all motions for proposed merger

11 May 2015, Published under Cement News

Lafarge and Holcim have today successfully secured support from Holcim shareholders for their proposed merger and completed one of the final key steps on their way to creating a global building materials giant. Representing around 72 per cent of the company’s share capital, the 738 shareholders attending the Extraordinary General Meeting of Holcim Ltd approved all motions proposed by the Board of Directors. Wolfgang Reitzle, currently Chairman of Holcim and future Co-Chairman (statutory Cha...

China Tianrui increases stake in China Shanshui Cement

07 May 2015, Published under Cement News

China Tianrui Group Cement last month increased its stake in China Shanshui Cement to 28.16 per cent, more than Shanshui founder Zhang Caikui. Fitch Ratings deemed the move a change of control. It also downgraded Shanshui to BB-, three levels below investment grade, citing weak cement prices. "The Chinese authorities' approach to the sector is clear - they want consolidation," said Kalai Pillay, a senior director at Fitch Ratings in Singapore. In the case of Tianrui's part acquisition of...

Semapa acquires 50% stake in Supremo Cimentos

06 May 2015, Published under Cement News

Semapa and Secil, through its Brazilian subsidiary, entered into an agreement for the acquisition of a 50 per cent stake of the Brazilian company Supremo Cimentos. With this acquisition, the companies now indirectly hold the entire share capital of the Supreme. "Our subsidiary of Brazilian law, NSOSPE Empreendimentos e Participações, owned jointly by Semapa and Secil - Companhia Geral de Cal and Cement entered into an agreement for the acquisition of the 50 per cent of the share capital of ...

South Africa: PIC increases stake in PPC

06 May 2015, Published under Cement News

The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) had increased its investment in PPC to 15.165 per cent, the South African cement producer yesterday. The PIC confirmed in December when the AfriSam Group made a non-binding proposal of a merger with PPC that the corporation held 12.57 per cent of PPC and 66 per cent of AfriSam. Talks between the two cement producers were halted in March when they were unable to reach consensus on the terms of the proposed merger.

Buzzi Unicem's bid for Sacci expires

05 May 2015, Published under Cement News

Buzzi Unicem’s offer to buy Sacci SpA has expired after being rejected by the banks and creditors and the bidder is no longer bound to any commitment, the Italian cement major announced. “We inform that the population of the banks and creditors that take part in the debt restructuring agreement pursuant to article 182-bis of the Bankruptcy Law did not endorse the proposal by Buzzi Unicem. The offer has expired today and as such Buzzi Unicem is released from any subsequent commitment,” Buzzi...

Eurocement backs Holcim-Lafarge merger

30 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Eurocement Holding AG, Holcim Ltd's second-largest shareholder, said it supports the Swiss cement maker's planned merger with Lafarge SA . "Having analysed all advantages and disadvantages of a possible creation of the biggest global construction materials player we think that the prospective of the development of the combined company is very positive, so we will support the merger," Eurocement said in a statement. Eurocement, which has a 10.8 per cent stake in Holcim, said it intends to k...

Shree net profit down on weaker sales, India

30 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Shree Cements on Wednesday reported a 46.39 per cent dip in standalone net profit at to INR1.198bn (US$18.8m) for the third quarter that ended on 31 March 2015 due to a decline in sales. The company had registered a net profit of INR2.225bn for the corresponding period a year ago, it said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange. Total turnover of the company dropped 5.31 per cent to INR15.764bn during the quarter under review versus INR16.649bn a year earlier. The cost of raw materials w...

Libya Holdings Group to buy out Asamer interest in LCC

29 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Benghazi-based Libya Holdings Group is to acquire Austrian majority owner Asamer in the Libyan Cement Company (LCC), according to reports in the Libyan Herald. Asamer bought into LCC when it was privatised in 2008 paying LYD200m for a 50.6 per cent share. The remaining equity was held by the Economic and Social Development Fund. Ten percent of the ESDF’s shares were supposed to be distributed to the workers. Asamer was seeking investors and strategic partners to take on its Libyan busine...

Shree completes acquisition of Jaiprakash grinding unit, India

28 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Shree Cement has completed the acquisition of a cement grinding unit of Jaiprakash Associates in Haryana state, India. “The acquisition of a 1.5Mta cement grinding unit of Jaiprakash Associates Ltd, situated at Panipat, has been consummated on April 27, 2015 for an aggregate consideration of INR358.22 crore,” Shree Cement said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange yesterday. Completion of the acquisition takes Shree Cement’s capacity to 19Mta, with facilities in Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, ...

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...