About Us - Press Release - CEMEX signs agreement to divest U.S. assets
February 8, 2005
CEMEX, S.A. de C.V. (NYSE: CX) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Votorantim Participacoes S.A. for the sale of certain CEMEX assets in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. The waiting period with respect to the transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act has expired.
Votorantim is acquiring the Charlevoix and Dixon-Marquette cement plants, and certain distribution terminals located in the Great Lakes Region.
CEMEX began evaluating alternatives to divest these assets at the beginning of 2004, after reviewing its strategic position in the U.S. The transaction will be structured as a sale of assets. The closing of this transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary conditions precedent, and it is expected to occur during the first quarter of 2005. CEMEX will keep its distribution terminal located in Detroit. The value to be realized from the Votorantim transaction is expected to approximate U.S.$ 389 million.
Total production capacity of both cement plants is close to 2 million metric tons a year and has represented approximately nine percent of the current operating cash flow generation of CEMEX's U.S. business.
CEMEX is a leading global producer and marketer of cement and ready-mix products, with operations concentrated in the world's most dynamic cement markets across four continents. CEMEX combines a deep knowledge of the local markets with its global network and information technology systems to provide world-class products and services to its customers, from individual homebuilders to large industrial contractors. For more information, visit www.cemex.com
This press release contains forward-looking statements and information that are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. There can be no assurance that the transaction will close or that it will close on the terms described above. CEMEX assumes no obligation to update or correct the information contained in this press release.