Australia: BGC has started a second attempt to sell the company and has appointed Macquarie Capital to run the process. An indicative bidding round is planned for June 2022, according to the Australian Financial Review newspaper. The process is expected to take up to one year. BGC previously tried to find a buyer in 2018 but legal issues following the death of the company founder Len Buckeridge and a slowdown in the construction market in Western Australia made this difficult.
The company is presenting itself as a major presence in the West Australia cement market, with a 47% share, and the only organisation with a vertically integrated quarry, cement and concrete business. Macquarie Capital says that the company has an annual revenue of around US$740m and earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of US$74m. Group earnings are reportedly mostly generated by heavy building materials, brick and masonry divisions. BGC assets include a cement grinding plant, concrete plants and a gypsum wallboard plant in Perth.