CRH ‘development’ activity approaches $9 billion in watershed year

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

Crunching numbers on deals affecting operations in North America, Europe and Asia, CRH closed 2015 with about $8.8 billion in acquisitions, and divestments netting proceeds near $1 billion. Anchoring the calendar was a $7.2 billion transaction for the lion’s share of cement, concrete and aggregate production assets Lafarge S.A. and Holcim Ltd. sold in conjunction with their July merger.

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A year of tempered market expectations, bigger multinationals, taller wood buildings

Three developments tracked since January stand out at year’s end: 1) overall concrete shipments did not pace projected level; 2) among global operators, the annual revenue bar for cement, aggregate and ready mixed concrete shipments is moving from the $10 billion–$15 billion to $15 billion–$20 billion range, with the top players deriving about 20–25 percent of sales in North America; and, 3) U.S. and Canadian wood interests’ multi-story building market pursuits are reverberating among ready mixed and manufactured-concrete producers.

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Oldcastle chief Towe to transition to new CRH Americas post

Source: CRH Plc, Dublin

Oldcastle Inc. President and CEO Mark Towe will assume a new role in January, CRH Americas chairman, working with CRH Chief Executive Albert Manifold to support performance and excellence programs across the group, and continuing as an executive director. Towe joined Atlanta-based Oldcastle in 1997, and advanced in the Materials hierarchy with appointment as president in 2000 and chief executive officer in 2006. Two years later, he was elevated to his current position and attendant CRH board post.

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Oldcastle parent consummates $7 billion Holcim (Canada), companion asset deal

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

CRH has closed on a portfolio of Lafarge S.A. and Holcim Ltd. cement, concrete and aggregate production assets in 10 countries across the Americas and Europe. At a $7.2 billion enterprise value, the transaction is among the largest to date involving publicly traded, global heavy building materials companies—trailing Cemex-Rinker and HeidelbergCement-Hanson ($15 billion–$16 billion; 2007) and Lafarge-Orascom ($12 billion, 2008).

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CRH to weigh new financial, business models in LafargeHolcim wake

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

CRH Group Finance Director Maeve Carton will shift to a new assignment in January 2016: Identifying and implementing the optimum financial and business model for the future. Her appointment as group transformation director marks a rare increase in executive headcount for the Oldcastle Inc. parent, which through decades of global growth has confined its headquarters to the historic Belgard Castle near Dublin.

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Oldcastle parent prevails in $7 billion Lafarge, Holcim asset pursuit

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In an early-February U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, CRH Plc confirmed a binding commitment to acquire certain assets Switzerland’s Holcim Ltd. and Paris-based Lafarge SA had bundled for sale, thereby advancing a merger the producers hope to consummate by mid-year. The commitment centers on a transaction with an enterprise value of about $7.4 billion, and encompasses Holcim Canada Inc. plus a host of overseas cement, concrete and aggregate businesses.

 
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