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Lafarge looking to sell South Korean unit

12 December 2012, Published under Cement News

Lafarge is seeking to sell its majority stake in South Korean unit Lafarge Halla Cement for KRW700bn (US$650m) and is currently searching for buyers, according to a report by Reuters citing South Korean online media Edaily. The company is said to have chosen US-based Lazard and HSBC’s South Korean unit as managers for the sale. Lafarge operates one integrated cement works and two grinding plants in South Korea with a combined cement capacity of 9.6Mta. In 2011, it had an approximate ma...

Jaypee/Aditya Birla talks advance, India

10 December 2012, Published under Cement News

Talks between the Jaypee Group for its sale of its Gujarat based cement units to Aditya Birla have moved into the final stages, according to local media reports, adding that valuations of the deal have continued to put hurdles in the way of the deal. Reports that the Birla group have been negotiating for the price Jaypee Gujarat cement units and if the deal proceeds they may end up paying around US$800m. It said that the Birlas have offered US$160/t of capacity, much lower than the US$200/t...

Jaiprakash may not meet asset sale target – Kim Eng

05 December 2012, Published under Cement News

Jaiprakash Associates may not meet its target of raising INR50bn via a sale of its plants in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh states, according to analysis by Asian securities and investment broker Kim Eng. Jaiprakash on Monday said buyers are showing interest in its Gujarat plant only and not its Andhra Pradesh plant. It also denied media reports that said it had sold its 5Mt capacity Gujarat cement plant to UltraTech Cement at a valuation of US$180/t. The company however says that it is sti...

Dalmia Cement buys additional stake in Calcom

04 December 2012, Published under Cement News

Dalmia Bharat Enterprises has informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that its subsidiary, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) has approved acquisition of additional 26 per cent stake in Calcom Cement for a consideration of INR77.16 crore. A share purchase agreement to this effect was signed on Friday. This consideration will be paid in multiple tranches and will be subject to the adjustments and other terms and conditions set out in the definitive agreements.

Adelaide Brighton acquires 30% in Malaysian white cement producer

03 December 2012, Published under Cement News

Adelaide Brighton Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire 30 per cent of white cement producer Aalborg Portland Malaysia Sdn Bhd (APM). The acquisition price for the 30 per cent equity stake in APM is US$29.7m including US$2.3m for 30 per cent of the net cash on hand, plus transaction costs of about US$0.4m. Completion is expected on 5 December 2012. APM's facility is situated in Ipoh, on the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula, approximately 180km north of Kuala Lumpur. It ...

UltraTech Cement eyes Jaypee's Gujarat operations

03 December 2012, Published under Cement News

India's largest cement producer UltraTech Cement is understood to be in talks with Jaypee Group for the latter's business in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Local press have reported that the deal is valued at around US$700-890m and is likely to close by year-end. Jaypee's Gujarat operations have a capacity of 4.8Mta. The company also has cement assets in Andhra Pradesh. The proceeds received by Jaypee would be used in part to meet capacity expansion and retire debt. CRH had also been in negotiati...

Gresik sees output rising 18% next year, Indonesia

29 November 2012, Published under Cement News

Indonesia’s leading cement producer PT Semen Gresik expects cement production to increase by 18 per cent next year, however, it has hinted that domestic sales growth could slow next year compared to the robust figures expected in 2012. The company’s president director Dwi Soetjipto said the company’s production growth could rise to 26Mt in 2013 from output of about 22Mt in 2012. In the first 10 months of 2012, the Gresik group sold 18.13Mt, an increase of 13.6 per cent compared to 15....

Fitch Ratings: mixed picture for EMEA companies

27 November 2012, Published under Cement News

Fitch Ratings says 3Q12 results reported by Fitch-rated Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) cement companies, Holcim Ltd ('BBB'/Stable), HeidelbergCement AG ('BB+'/Stable) and Lafarge SA ('BB+'/Stable) showed a number of positives, but confirmed that general market conditions are still challenging and the outlook remains uncertain. Europe disappoints The European markets represented a negative surprise, mainly due to a weakening in volume sales. This not only reflects some peripheral ...

Buzzi Unicem to lift stake in Dyckerhoff to 96.6%

27 November 2012, Published under Cement News

German cement producer Dyckerhoff AG said its parent company Buzzi Unicem SpA had agreed to buy additional ordinary and preferred shares in it, raising its total share capital in the firm by 3.6 per cent to 96.6 per cent. Dyckerhoff did not reveal the value of the transaction but specified that during the current year and including the most recent agreement Buzzi Unicem had bought shares in it for some EUR71.7m. As a shareholder of at least 95 per cent of Dyckerhoff, Buzzi Unicem is ent...

Metso strengthens position in China

27 November 2012, Published under Cement News

Metso is strengthening its presence in the fast growing Chinese construction market through two strategic actions: establishing a joint venture with LiuGong Group Corp and acquiring 75 per cent ownership of Shaorui Heavy Industries Ltd. Joint venture with LiuGong Group Corp Metso and LiuGong Group Corp. Ltd (LiuGong) will form a 50:50 joint venture to develop the track-mounted crushing and screening business in China. The joint venture will combine Metso's know-how in track-mounted cru...