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Lithuania: The Competition Council has blocked a sale of 51% of shares in Akmene Cement to the Betoneta group. The regulator concluded that the market share, which the potential buyer would obtain after the takeover, would be too large.
Subsequently, Concretus Materials, which sought to acquire 51% of Akmenes Cementas' shares and which, according to the panel, is part of Betoneta group, said that it had withdrawn its application for regulatory clearance and cancelled the deal on the acquisition of the cement manufacturer's shares.
Mexican cement group Cemex owns a 33.95% stake in Akmenes Cementas. Other shareholders include Simonas Vytis Anuzis with 13.67%, Olius Danyla with 13.55%, Arnoldas Mituzas with 12.76% and Edmundas Montvila with 9.8%.
Russia: Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service has blocked concrete producer Sibirsky Cement from acquiring a 90% stake of Iskitimtsement's voting shares, the authority has said in a statement. According to the watchdog the purchase might hinder competition within the Siberian Federal District. The Federal Antimonopoly Service also prohibited Russkaya Tsementnaya Kompaniya from acquiring a 100% stake of Iskitimtsement's voting shares, on the grounds that the merger might trigger a price hike.
In October 2012 Iskitimtsement reported a rise in its output by 23.1% year-on-year to 1.12Mt for the first nine months of 2012. Later in the same month it announced that it expected to triple its net profit in 2012 to Euro19.7m. Established in 1934, Iskitimtsement is one of the leading cement producers in the Novosibirsk Region.
India: Business conglomerate Aditya Birla Group has revived negotiations to purchase cement manufacturer Jaiprakash Associates' cement plants in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.
Aditya Birla is reported to have made an offer of up to US$130/t to buy the cement assets of Jaiprakash Associates which have an overall capacity of 9.8Mt. This follows Irish building materials firm CRH decision to cancel talks with Jaiprakash Associates in early October 2012. In August 2012 CRH was reportedly close to buying a 51% equity stake in the Indian cement producer's plants in Gujarat. Top officials from Aditya Birla's cement business and executives from foreign lender Barclays Bank are in talks to finalise the pricing of the deal.
Portugal: Portugal's securities regulator CMVM has said that a takeover bid by Brazil's construction group Camargo Corrêa for Portuguese cement maker Cimpor will involve an asset swap to buy out another Brazilian shareholder that will get part of Cimpor's overseas business. CMVM approved the previously announced Euro5.50/share bid under these terms and said that the remaining shareholders in Cimpor would have until 19 June 2012 to decide whether to sell their stakes.
Camargo Corrêa, which is already the largest single shareholder in Cimpor with a 33% stake, launched a Euro2.5bn bid for the rest of Cimpor in March 2012, in a move defended by the Portuguese government. CMVM said that Camargo and the other Brazilian shareholder Votorantim had agreed that the deal would involve an asset swap, as expected by analysts.
Camargo will exchange its cement and concrete business in South America and Angola for Cimpor's overseas assets, including in China and India but excluding Brazil, also taking hold of 21% of Cimpor's net consolidated debt. Camargo will then swap the assets it received for Votorantim's stake in Cimpor.
The decision by CMVM may address some concerns by Brazil's antitrust regulator Cade, which has been analysing Votorantim and Camargo Corrêa's purchases of stakes in Cimpor since 2010, when the two frustrated an acquisition attempt by Brazilian steelmaker CSN. Camargo Correa's buyout of Cimpor could help competition in Brazil by reducing Votorantim's market share.
Brazil: Cade, the Brazilian anti trust agency, has recommended that the acquisition of Portuguese cement producer Cimpor by Camargo Corrêa should be approved but that that Votorantim Cimentos should divest its stake in Cimpor.
In 2010, Camargo Corrêa teamed up with industrial conglomerate Grupo Votorantim to acquire 54% of Cimpor, blocking a bid by Brazilian steelmaker CSN in the process. Camargo Corrêa has since raised its stake in Cimpor to nearly 33%, later launching a Euro2.5bn bid for the rest of Cimpor in March 2012 at Euro5.50/share.
Camargo Corrêa's buyout of Cimpor could help competition in Brazil by reducing Votorantim's market share, Cade chief Olavo Chinaglia told the press in April 2012. Votorantim may have to sell some of its Brazilian cement assets to reduce its market concentration. The conglomerate's market share is about 40% nationally but reaches nearly 90% in some regions.
In November 2011 Cade found that Votorantim, along with Camargo Corrêa and four other rivals, colluded to fix prices, hampering competition in the Brazilian cement market during a construction boom. Further approval of Camargo Corrêa's purchase may depend on certain conditions, such as selling assets in some markets and avoiding participation in other cement companies.
Portugal: Brazilian construction group Camargo Corrêa, which is trying to take over Portugal's top cement maker Cimpor, has rejected Cimpor management's counter-proposal for a merger with Camargo's cement unit, saying it was 'unrealistic.'
Cimpor's board, which had earlier said the price of Euro5.50/share offered by Camargo was too low, said that a merger would widen Cimpor's portfolio and create better synergies, preventing the withdrawal of another Brazilian shareholder, Votorantim. Its proposal involves paying up to Euro1.00/share in dividends to Cimpor shareholders.
Camargo's unit Intercement responded that the proposal was "untimely, unrealistic and inappropriate as it does not address various interests at play at Cimpor that have already been publicly expressed."
Two key Cimpor shareholders, including state-controlled bank CGD, have already said they are prepared to sell their stakes under Camargo's terms and most analysts expect Camargo to acquire Cimpor at some point. Camargo is already the largest single Cimpor shareholder and the two stakes would give it control. The Portuguese government has said a Cimpor deal has to help CGD to deleverage and defended Camargo's bid from suggestions it was against the national interests. Along with other Portuguese banks, CGD is under pressure to improve its capital position under the terms of a Euro78bn EU/IMF bailout for Portugal.
Previously, Portuguese conglomerate Semapa proposed that some Cimpor shareholders should form a joint holding company to try to keep the company in Portuguese hands. The Portuguese government said that such a move would not help deleverage CGD.
Brazil: Brazil's second largest construction group Camargo Corrêa has said it would offer cash to take over the Portuguese cement maker Cimpor and it would preserve the company's name and strategic outlook.
Camargo Corrêa's cement division, InterCement, has offered clarification on its bid, first announced on 30 March 2012. In a statement, Camargo Corrêa maintained its bid of Euro5.50/share to acquire the 67.1% of Cimpor it does not already own. However it added that it would pay, "in cash and immediately to all shareholders that adhered to the offer."
It said it would maintain the brand name of Cimpor, preserve its long-term strategic outlook and keep the company's decision-making offices in Portugal, as it tried to win over support for the takeover bid. In its initial response the takeover bid, Cimpor's board said that Camargo's bid was too low and lacked details on its plans for the company's future.
Portugal: Cimpor says a takeover offer from Brazil's Camargo Corrêa is too low and lacks detail on its plans for Cimpor's future. The leading Portuguese cement-maker would not recommend to shareholders whether they should sell or keep their stakes.
Camargo, Brazil's second-largest construction group, launched a Euro5.5/share takeover bid for the 67.1% of Cimpor it does not own at the end of March 2012. Analysts had expected the bid to succeed after two key shareholders said they were prepared to sell. Yet the board's opinion, given in a statement issued late on 13 April 2012, could complicate the process or require sweetening of the bid. Camargo is already the largest single Cimpor shareholder and the outstanding shares it does not own in Cimpor are valued at around Euro2.4bn.
Cimpor's statement said the offer does not include a premium for taking control of the company and lacks detail on what would happen to Cimpor's asset portfolio, debt profile and dividend policy. "For the above reasons, the board is not in a position to recommend to shareholders to tender their shares, as the price is low and significantly undervalues Cimpor, and, in the absence of adequate information on the future of Cimpor post-offer, neither may the board recommend to shareholders to maintain their investment," it said.
Portuguese conglomerate Semapa earlier proposed that some Cimpor shareholders should form a joint holding company to try to keep the company in Portuguese hands. Its offer does not represent a counter-bid, but Semapa said it implies a price of Euro5.75/share.
Camargo has said the price it offered is fair, expecting most Cimpor shareholders to use this 'good opportunity', but would not say if it would consider sweetening the offer. It also said in the statement that the price implied in Semapa's complex proposal could not be compared to Camargo's direct bid. It said that Semapa's arrangement, if it were to go ahead, would have to trigger a compulsory competing bid by those who join the Semapa-proposed holding company.
Brazil: Brazil's second-largest construction group Camargo Corrêa does not expect to have to sell any assets if its buyout of Portuguese market-leader Cimpor goes ahead as it hopes. It expects Cimpor to gain scope and global reach as its unit.
Jose Barros Franco, chief executive of Intercement, a subsidiary of Brazil's second-largest construction group Camargo Corrêa, has stated that the bid price of Euro5.5 per Cimpor share was 'fair' but he would not say if the company would consider sweetening the offer. Portuguese conglomerate Semapa has made a proposal to major shareholders in Cimpor to try to keep it in Portuguese hands by forming a joint holding company. It does not represent a counter-bid.
"We pay close attention to all manifestations of interest, but we believe that our offer is a good opportunity for all shareholders and will subsequently transform Cimpor into a bigger company than it is today, implying a significant entry of foreign investment to Portugal," Barros Franco added. He denied market talk that Camargo had a pre-agreement with another Brazilian shareholder in Cimpor, the country's largest cement producer Votorantim, to split up Cimpor assets, but did not rule out a deal in the future to jointly manage the company.
Analysts expect Intercement to take over the bulk of Cimpor's capital, but say Votorantim is likely to keep its 21.2% stake, which would allow it to carve out part of Cimpor's international business later, avoiding problems with Brazil's competition regulator.
"There is no pre-agreement. We believe that our bid is a good opportunity for all shareholders. Still, we can't rule out the possibility of a future agreement to allow for a better management of the company and addressing competition issues in Brazil," Barros Franco wrote. Camargo holds a 32.9% stake in Cimpor.
"For now we do not expect any asset sales. We are at the disposal of the antitrust authorities to provide all the necessary explanations," he said.
Analysts have previously said that Cimpor may have to sell at least one mill to address Brazilian antitrust regulator's concerns. Votorantim would have to sell various plants. If Camargo Corrêa took over 100% of Cimpor, it would double its market share in Brazil to near 20%, reducing Votorantim's dominant lead.
Brazil: Brazil's Camargo Corrêa has launched a bid for the 68.1% stake in Portugal's Cimpor that it does not already own. Camargo Corrêa Cimentos, the Brazil-based cement unit of which is that nation's fifth-largest cement producer, currently controls 32.9% of Cimpor.
It is thought that Camargo Corrêa may be taking advantage of depressed valuations in the troubled Portuguese economy to win control of the company. Cimpor is itself the fourth-largest cement producer in Brazil. In 2010, Camargo Corrêa teamed up with industrial conglomerate Grupo Votorantim to thwart Brazilian steelmaker CSN's bid for full control of Cimpor. Votorantim holds 21% of Cimpor.
This new move may open up the spectre of a lengthly and interesting anti-trust approval if the deal is accepted by Cimpor, especially given that Camargo Corrêa, Votorantim and four other producers were accused of price-fixing in the Brazilian cement market in November 2011.
At the end of 2011 Portuguese media reported that both Camargo Corrêa and Votorantim were preparing to buy Cimpor minority shareholders out. It has now been reported that Votorantim is looking to make use of its option to buy bank Caixa Geral de Depositos SA's 9.6% in Cimpor and thus reach a stake in Cimpor similar in size to that owned by Camargo Corrêa.