Holcim may offer sweetener to sway investors on Lafarge deal

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Europe: Holcim is considering offering its shareholders a sweetener to win their approval for a planned merger with Lafarge, according to Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung.

Sonntagszeitung said that Holcim was looking at several 'creative methods' to sway its shareholders into backing the deal, including a generous special dividend or a share buyback, instead of trying to alter the terms of the deal, which involves a one-to-one share swap. However, Holcim's chief executive Bernard Fontana said that the merger agreement did not contain any mechanisms by which the terms could be automatically adjusted. Sonntagszeitung said that Holcim was considering the sweetener in response to opposition from its shareholders to the deal, which hinges on investor approval for a capital increase for financing.

Last modified on 04 March 2015

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