Holcim and Lafarge announce assets sale to CRH

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Updated Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:16:53 GMT

Lafarge and Holcim have entered exclusive negotiations to sell a number of assets to Ireland's CRH for Euro6.5bn as part of their planned merger. The assets include operations in Europe, Canada, Brazil and the Philippines. The combined assets, which include Lafarge Tarmac in the UK, generated Euro5.2bn of sales in 2014, with estimated 2014 operating earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of Euro744m.

"The projected transaction is a key step towards the creation of LafargeHolcim and the value offered reflects the strong quality of the selected assets. With this announcement, we remain firmly on track to complete our proposed merger in the first half of 2015," said Wolfgang Reitzle, designated chairman of the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim and Bruno Lafont, designated CEO of the future combined company.

The divestment process will be carried out in the framework of the relevant social processes and the ongoing dialogue with the employee representatives' bodies. It will be submitted to the relevant competition authorities and to the shareholders of CRH. The divestments are subject to the completion of the merger, including a successful public exchange offering and approval by Holcim's shareholders in the second quarter of 2015. The closing of the planned merger is expected in the first half of 2015.