US: Cemex says it has agreed to sell the Kosmos Cement Company to Eagle Materials for around US$665m. The Mexican company owns a 75% stake in the company and Italy’s Buzzi Unicem manages the remainder. It expects to receive US$499m from the transaction. This will be spent on debt reduction and for general corporate purposes. The sale includes the 1.7Mt/yr Kosmos integrated cement plant in Louisville, Kentucky as well as seven distribution terminals and raw material reserves.
“This is another key milestone in achieving our ‘A Stronger Cemex’ objectives. Now, closed or announced asset sales are in excess of US$1.3bn under this program. We are pleased with the continued favourable asset-divestment dynamics in our industry,” said Fernando A Gonzalez, chief executive officer (CEO) of Cemex.
Completion of the deal is subject to regulatory approval. It is expected to complete in the first quarter of 2020.