Lafarge and Holcim to discuss revising merger terms as conflict deepens

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Europe: A conflict between Lafarge and Holcim has deepened as both groups have acknowledged that the terms of their proposed 'merger of equals' may have to be revised to reflect diverging valuations, according to Reuters.

The merger 'Can no longer be pursued in its present form,' said Holcim said in a statement on 16 March 2015. It has proposed a renegotiation of the share exchange ratio and 'governance issues.' Lafarge is willing to consider revising the share-exchange ratio in the merger, but not other aspects of the deal, it said in a separate statement.

The deal announced in April 2014 was intended to combine Lafarge and Holcim on an equal basis, but diverging results, share prices and fluctuations in the Euro and Swiss Franc have led Holcim to seek a revision of the terms. Holcim has proposed changing a proposed 1-1 share exchange ratio to 0.875 Holcim shares for each Lafarge share, according to news reports. Lafarge is said to be planning a counter proposal that would trim its weighting to 0.93 to complete the deal.

Last modified on 18 March 2015

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