CRH plc, the global building materials group, is pleased to announce that it has completed the latest phase of its share buyback programme, returning a further €240 million of cash to shareholders.

Between 26 August 2019 and 3 January 2020, 7.6 million ordinary shares were repurchased on Euronext Dublin at an average discount of 3.1% to the volume weighted average price over the period.

CRH today also announces that it has entered into arrangements with J&E Davy (“Davy”) to repurchase ordinary shares on CRH’s behalf for a maximum consideration of €200 million (the “Buyback”). The Buyback will commence today, 7 January 2020, and will end no later than 31 March 2020.

Under the terms of the Buyback, ordinary shares will be repurchased on Euronext Dublin. CRH has entered into non-discretionary instructions with Davy to conduct the Buyback on its behalf and to make trading decisions under the Buyback independently of CRH in accordance with certain pre-set parameters.

The purpose of the Buyback is to reduce the share capital of CRH and it will be conducted within the limitations of the authority granted at CRH’s AGM on 25 April 2019 to repurchase up to 10% of the Company’s ordinary shares in issue (being 29,868,957 ordinary shares following the completion of the latest phase of the buyback programme).

The Buyback will also be conducted within the parameters prescribed by the Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014, the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052 and Chapter 12 of the UK Listing Rules. The repurchased ordinary shares will be held in treasury pending their cancellation or re-issue in due course.

This announcement relates solely to the Buyback and any decision in relation to any future buyback programmes will be based on an ongoing assessment of the capital needs of the business and general market conditions.

Contact CRH at Dublin 404 1000 (+353 1 404 1000)
Albert ManifoldChief Executive
Senan MurphyFinance Director
Tom HolmesHead of Investor Relations