Ireland: CRH expects to get regulatory decision on LafargeHolcim purchase soon

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Updated Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:03:54 GMT

CRH expects to receive regulatory decisions on a Euro6.5bn purchase Holcim and Lafarge operations as soon as March 2015. CRH chief executive Albert Manifold said that the acquired facilities would help CRH to expand in both North America and Europe, where it sees opportunities to expand its business.

"There are significant building needs and funding going to countries like Poland, Slovakia and Romania," said Manifold. He added that construction growth in those countries could be as high as 4%/yr over the next 10 years. Manifold said that CRH had already begun discussions with regulators in the various markets and expected decisions in March and April 2015. The acquisitions require the approval of CRH shareholders and an extraordinary shareholders meeting has been scheduled for 19 March 2015 for this purpose. Manifold said that CRH would continue to trim its portfolio and make further acquisitions.