PARIS, April 7 Cement makers Lafarge
and Holcim on Monday unveiled the terms of a merger
that will create a giant with combined sales of 32 billion euros
The transaction will be structured as a public exchange
offer initiated by Holcim with an exchange ratio of 1 Holcim
share for 1 Lafarge share and is expected to generate synergies
totaling more than 1.4 billion euros, the companies said.
Wolfgang Reitzle will be chairman of the new merged entity
while Lafarge's current chief Bruno Lafont will become its chief
executive, the companies said in a statement.
To gain regulatory approval, they expect they will have to
divest assets worth 10-15 percent of their global earnings
before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA).
The deal, which has won unanimous approval from the two
boards of directors and support from core shareholders, is
expected to close in the first half of 2015, the statement read.
($1 = 0.7303 Euros)
(Reporting by Natalie Huet; Editing by James Regan)