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Brazil: CSN considering merger with cement unit

13 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Brazilian steelmaker CSN is considering a merger with its subsidiary CSN Cimentos, Business News Americas reported. CSN, in a regulatory filing, said it would present the proposal to shareholders for approval. The merger would help CSN achieve synergies and economies of scale. It would result in "process optimisation and maximised results," with all business and administrative activities carried out via a "single organizational structure," CSN said. The net worth of CSN Cimentos is BRL1b...

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 ...

Trinetra shareholders give green light for merger

31 March 2015, Published under Cement News

Shareholders of Trinetra Cement Ltd have approved the scheme of amalgamation and arrangement between the company and Trishul Concrete Products Ltd with India Cements. “The Scheme was duly approved by the Secured Creditors of the Company with requisite majority," the company said in a filing to stock exchanges. India Cements announced in May last year that as part of restructuring, it planned to merge its subsidiary Trinetra Cement Ltd and sell land near its plants in Tamil Nadu and...

PPC and AfriSam call off merger talks

30 March 2015, Published under Cement News

South African cement producers PPC and AfriSam have called off merger talks after they could not reach a consensus on the terms, both the companies said on Friday. Last December PPC confirmed it had received a conditional, non-binding merger proposal from AfriSam. Following "extensive discussion" between the two companies, the parties have not been able to reach consensus on the terms of the merger and therefore have terminated their discussions," PPC said in a statement on Friday. ...

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-...

Seruji Ltd acquires 60% stake in Savannah Cement

30 March 2015, Published under Cement News

The Competition Authority of Kenya has approved the proposed acquisition of 60 per cent of the shareholding of Savannah Cement Ltd by Seruji Ltd, according to a Gazette notice dated 27 March 2015. Seruji Ltd spokesperson, Alfred Ng’ang’a, said the company has acquired the stake previously held by the pioneer Chinese investors of Savannah Cement . “Seruji Ltd has made a 60 per cent acquisition of the shares previously held by Savannah Cement’s international investors, for a publicly undiscl...

Buzzi offer to purchase SACCI SpA accepted

27 March 2015, Published under Cement News

Buzzi Unicem announced today that further to its proposed purchase of a 99.5 per cent interest in the share capital of SACCI SpA, controlling shareholders have accepted the binding offer. Last week Buzzi announced that it had Buzzi Unicem is offering €120m for the stake in SACCI and the simultaneous relief of all outstanding liabilities from a previous debt restructuring agreement. Buzzi highlighted that execution of the contract is still subject to the endorsement of the banks and credit...