Brazil: Cementos Argos will not ‘do battle’ for LafargeHolcim divestments in Brazil


Updated Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:20:39 GMT

Colombia's Cementos Argos has decided not to 'do battle' for cement-sector assets in Brazil that currently belong to the European giants Lafarge and Holcim. The Colombian multinational has informed the Superintendencia Financiera that it does not see such a purchase as being likely to generate the value its investments would expect.

Thus, Argos puts an end to three months of expectation regarding a possible debut in Brazil for the company. The assets in Brazil's Sudeste region are up for grabs so that the merger can meet with anti-monopoly requirements and amount to some US$1bn. Argos had been in consultation with local financial giant Itau concerning a possible bid. The Colombian cement group's foreign eye will most likely focus now on Mexico, another nation mentioned fondly by company president Jorge Mario Velasquez.