About Us - Press Release - CEMEX reaches agreement to sell its Australian operations
June 15, 2009
CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: CX), announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its Australian operations to Holcim Group for approximately A$2.02 billion. The agreement is subject to fulfillment of various closing conditions, including confirmatory due diligence, regulatory approvals and funds from buyer financing being disbursed, among others. The maximum period of time to meet all closing conditions is six months.
CEMEX is one of the leading producers of aggregates, ready-mix concrete and concrete pipe in Australia. The assets to be divested consist of 249 ready-mix concrete plants, 83 aggregates quarries and 16 concrete pipe and products plants - a total of 348 facilities located throughout Australia. These operations generated revenues and EBITDA in 2008 of approximately A$1.86 billion and A$313 million, respectively. The sale also includes CEMEX's 25% stake in Cement Australia. Cement Australia's has an annual production capacity of 5.1 million tons of cement, including the expansion under construction in the Gladstone plant, and its assets include four cement plants and one grinding mill.
BBVA, BNP Paribas, Citi, HSBC, Santander and The Royal Bank of Scotland, plc, are acting as financial advisors to CEMEX in this transaction.
This divestment is part of CEMEX's overall strategy to improve its financial flexibility, which includes:
- Implementation of US$900 million in recurrent cost savings
- Rationalization of capital expenditures; and
- Reduction of its total debt, and improvement of its debt profile
CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable service to customers and communities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through its efforts to pursue innovative industry solutions and efficiency advancements and to promote a sustainable future. 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. Many factors could cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of CEMEX to be materially different from those expressed or implied in this release, including, among others, changes in general economic, political, governmental and business conditions globally and in the countries in which CEMEX does business, changes in interest rates, changes in inflation rates, changes in exchange rates, the level of construction generally, changes in cement demand and prices, changes in raw material and energy prices, changes in business strategy, and various other factors. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein. CEMEX assumes no obligation to update or correct the information contained in this press release.