GCC, Eagle Materials Texas and Ohio plant deals net Cemex $700M

As part of a U.S. portfolio streamlining aimed at debt reduction, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. has reached an agreement to sell its Odessa, Texas, cement plant and two terminals, plus El Paso and Las Cruces, N.M., building materials businesses to Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, S.A.B. de C.V. Absent from the $306 million deal are Cemex Colorado assets—Lyons mill, Florence terminal—included in an original transaction the producers outlined earlier this year. Subject to competition authority and shareholder approvals, the revised deal will be consummated through Cemex and GCC U.S. affiliates and is projected to close by year end.

In the East, Dallas-based Eagle Materials Inc. has agreed to acquire Cemex’s Xenia, Ohio, (Fairborn) cement plant, plus Columbus terminal, cement bagging operation and related assets. The $400 million deal is projected to close in the fourth quarter and stands to increase the suitor’s cement output by up to 20 percent. With nearly 1 million tons’ annual grinding capacity, the Fairborn mill joins Eagle Materials’ Illinois Cement, Mountain Cement, Nevada Cement and Texas Lehigh Cement (joint venture with Lehigh Cement Co.) heritage operations, plus rebranded Central Plains Cement and Skyway Cement (GGBF slag) businesses. The latter were acquired in 2012 and 2016, respectively, from Lafarge North America and Holcim (US) Inc.

“Our strategy has been to grow the cement side of our business. The Fairborn plant extends our U.S. cement system and connects but does not overlap with the market reach of our existing plants,” says Eagle Materials CEO Dave Powers. “This high-quality cement plant is a compelling fit with our strategic objectives and criteria for new investment. These assets will allow us to participate more fully in the U.S. construction industry and position the company in target heartland growth markets.”