Acquisition of Cemex Australia successfully completed


Au terme d’un contrôle préalable concluant et de l’approbation des autorités australiennes, Holcim a finalisé l’acquisition de Cemex Australia, qui entre en vigueur le 1er octobre 2009. La nouvelle société du Groupe, qui exerce désormais ses activités sous le nom de Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd sous la supervision de la même équipe de direction chevronnée, sera pleinement intégrée à compter de cette date.

After completion of the due diligence and the approval of the Australian authorities, Holcim has successfully completed the acquisition of Cemex Australia as per October 1, 2009. The new Group company, which now trades under the name Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd, is being fully consolidated as of that date. It continues to operate under the leadership of its proven management team.

This acquisition enables Holcim to include Australia in its mature market strategy of being active in the cement as well as in the aggregates and ready-mix concrete business. Holcim Australia's most important market positions are located in the continent's more densely populated eastern and southeastern states and in the mining belt of Western Australia - all of which are markets amongst the fastest growing regions in Australia.

The purchase price of AUD 2.02 billion (CHF 1.77 billion) is entirely financed with the proceeds from the capital increase of July this year. It includes 100 percent of the share capital of Holcim Australia and a 25 percent interest in Cement Australia, in which Holcim already held a 50 percent shareholding.

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Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel and sand) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Group holds majority and minority interests in around 70 countries on all continents.
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