Cementos Argos to buy 100% of Lafarge-Holcim grinding joint venture

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French Guiana: Colombia's Cementos Argos has signed an agreement with the French multinational cement giant Lafarge to acquire assets in French Guiana for Euro50m. The purchase is coherent with Cementos Argos' objective of consolidating its operational and logistical cement network and with its expansion strategy, which has recently incorporated assets in the United States and Honduras.

Subject to approvals, Cementos Argos has acquired 100% of the company Ciments Guyanais, which is owned equally by France's Lafarge and Switzerland's Holcim. As such the announced deal represents the first sale of Lafarge, Holcim or Lafarge-Holcim joint venture cement assets since the announcement of the intended mega-merger between Lafarge and Holcim to form LafargeHolcim. The assets included in the purchase are a 0.2Mt/yr clinker grinding station and a port, both located in Dégrad des Cannes, close to the capital, Cayenne. They generate earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of approximately Euro8.1m/yr.

"This new acquisition in French Guiana nicely complements our current network of assets in the region, especially given its proximity to our grinding facilities in Suriname and our cement terminals in the Antilles," said Jorge Mario Velásquez, CEO of Cementos Argos. "This overseas department of France has cement consumption per capita of 433kg/capita/yr, which is almost twice as much as the average in Latin America. Also, the assets are well aligned with the operations that were recently acquired in the United States and our assets in the Caribbean and Colombia."

The transaction is subject to the usual regulatory procedures.

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