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CRH plc announces completion of Lafarge-Holcim transaction

03 August 2015

On 2 February 2015, CRH plc announced that it had reached agreement to acquire certain assets from Lafarge S.A. and Holcim Ltd for a total Enterprise Value of €6.5bn.

CRH is pleased to announce that the transaction is now complete, with the exception of the Philippines which is expected to close in Q3 2015.

Commenting on these developments, Albert Manifold, CRH Chief Executive, said:

“Today we extend a warm welcome to 15,000 new colleagues joining CRH. With their expertise and talent on board, combined with the strength of our existing employee base, CRH is a step closer to achieving our aim of becoming the world’s leading building materials company. The businesses we are acquiring, which represent an excellent geographic fit with CRH’s existing operations, are all strong performers in their respective areas. The integration of these high quality assets, which we have acquired at an attractive valuation and at the right point of the cycle, will strengthen our presence in a number of key markets as well as providing new platforms for strategic growth. The additional scale will help us to improve efficiency, speed up innovation and provide an even better service to our customers.”

 

For further information, please contact CRH plc at Dublin (+353 1 404 1000):

Albert Manifold

Chief Executive

Maeve Carton

Finance Director

Frank Heisterkamp

Head of Investor Relations

Mark Cahalane

Group Director Corporate Affairs

 

Notes to Editors

  • The transaction more than doubles CRH’s cement production volumes and will further expand its aggregates and readymixed concrete portfolios.
  • CRH becomes the third largest building materials player globally and the world No. 2 in aggregates. Employee numbers will increase by 15,000 people to 91,000.
  • The acquired assets consist of over 685 locations in 11 countries and include:
    • the largest cement producer in Central Canada; an excellent fit with CRH’s existing Americas Materials business, further strengthening the Group’s position in this key North American region;
    • major cement and aggregates operations in Western Europe’s three largest markets; Great Britain, France and Germany;
    • leading cement and aggregates companies in the growth regions of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), creating a strong regional cluster in which CRH becomes the number one heavyside building materials company;
    • and entry positions of scale in two emerging economic regions; Brazil and the Philippines (completion expected in Q3 2015).

About CRH 
CRH (LSE: CRH, ISEQ: CRG, NYSE: CRH) is a leading diversified international building materials group, employing 91,000 people at c.4,000 operating locations in 37 countries worldwide. With a market capitalisation of c.€22 billion (July 2015), CRH is the largest building materials company in North America and the third largest worldwide. The Group has leadership positions in Europe as well as established strategic positions in the emerging economic regions of Asia and South America. CRH is committed to improving the built environment through the delivery of superior materials and products for the construction and maintenance of infrastructure, housing and commercial projects. A Fortune 500 company, CRH is a constituent member of the FTSE 100 index and the ISEQ 20 with American Depositary Shares listed on the NYSE. For more information visit www.crh.com

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