Lafarge and Holcim have taken a further step toward their planned merger of equals to create LafargeHolcim, the most advanced and innovative group in the building materials industry.
Both companies set up a divestment committee, following the announcement of the planned merger on April 7, with the aim of taking forward the divestment process. It has drawn up a list of proposed asset disposals, to anticipate potential competition authorities’ requirements.
The announcement represents a major part of the total assets that the two companies aim to divest.
The two companies are proposing the following disposals:
• Austria: Lafarge’s Mannersdorf cement plant
• France: Holcim’s assets in metropolitan France, except for its Altkirch cement plant and aggregates and readymix sites in the Haut-Rhin market; Lafarge’s assets on Reunion Island, except for its shareholding in Ciments de Bourbon
• Germany: Lafarge’s assets
• Hungary: Holcim’s operating assets
• Romania: Lafarge’s assets
• Serbia: Holcim’s assets
• The UK: Lafarge Tarmac assets with the possible exception of one cement plant. The future LafargeHolcim group will have a significant and balanced industrial base in Europe — around 20 percent of its revenues — within its overall global footprint, enabling it to take advantage of the European economic recovery.
• Canada: Holcim’s assets
• Mauritius: Holcim’s assets
• The Philippines: the associated companies of Lafarge and Holcim (Lafarge Republic Inc. — LRI and Holcim Philippines Inc.) are exploring the combination of their businesses other than LRI’s Bulacan, Norzagaray and Iligan plants which are considered to be divested as part of such combination.
• Brazil: Holcim and Lafarge will file soon with the Brazilian regulator CADE, and propose a comprehensive and high quality package of divestments.
Both companies will continue to consider whether divestments would be necessary where there might be overlaps or depending on regulatory requirements. These proposed divestments are subject to review and further discussions with the regulatory authorities and to the agreement of our business partners when relevant.
The divestment process will be carried out in the framework of the relevant social processes and ongoing dialogue with the employee representatives’ bodies and will be conducted in parallel to discussions with the competition authorities and potential buyers. The divestment process will be completed subject to the closing of the merger between Holcim and Lafarge.
This announcement follows the formal signing of the combination agreement, marking the conclusion of the merger terms announced on April 7. The combination remains conditional upon the required regulatory and other customary consultations and approvals.
As announced, the closing of the planned merger is expected in the first quarter of 2015, aiming to create the most balanced and diversified portfolio in the industry, operating in 90 countries and creating superior value for its stakeholders.
According to Lafarge’s media relations manager Elodie Woillez, it is still too early in the merger process to determine what, if any, impact it might have on Lafarge’s Joppa plant.