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CRH in negotiations relating to cement assets in Gujarat, Northwestern India

07 August 2012

CRH plc, the international building materials group, announces that it has entered negotiations with Jaypee Cement Corporation (Jaypee) that may lead to the purchase by CRH of an equity stake in Jaypee’s  Gujarat cement business.   The Gujarat operation under consideration consists of a 3.6 million tonne clinker plant at Kutch, in western Gujarat, with 2.4 million tonnes of cement grinding capacity and a further grinding plant in eastern Gujarat with capacity to produce 2.4 million tonnes per annum.

The completion of any transaction would be subject to satisfactory due diligence, the approval of the respective Boards of Directors and the granting of the required regulatory approvals.

The Jaypee Group is a leading diversified infrastructure conglomerate based in Noida, India. It was founded by Jaiprakash Gaur in 1979 and has business interests in Engineering & Construction, Power, Cement, Real Estate, Hospitality, Expressways and Sports & Education. Jaypee is the third largest cement producer in India with an annual capacity of 28.8 mtpa. The Jaypee Group has a market capitalisation in excess of INR 166.4 bn (€ 2.45 bn) and turnover of more than INR 138.3 bn (€ 2.03 bn).

CRH is a FTSE 100 diversified building materials group which manufactures and distributes building material products in 36 countries at 3,600 operating locations.  Headquartered in Ireland and employing over 79,000 people worldwide CRH achieved sales revenue in excess of €18bn in 2011.  CRH entered the Indian market in 2008 through a joint-venture with My Home Industries Limited, a leading cement manufacturer in the South India State of Andhra Pradesh.

Contact CRH at Dublin 404 1000 (+353 1 404 1000)

Myles Lee Chief Executive
Albert Manifold Chief Operating Officer
Maeve Carton Finance Director

CRH plc, Belgard Castle, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, Ireland
TELEPHONE +353.1.4041000 FAX +353.1.4041007
Registered Office, 42 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2, Ireland

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