Lafarge deal could enhance CRH earnings

By |  August 13, 2015

Some financial analysts claim Irish cement maker CRH’s acquisition of certain assets from LafargeHolcim will boost its earnings by more than 30 percent over the next year, according to the Irish Examiner.

CRH purchased the assets from the European cement giant for about $7.2 billion.

“We see the deal as a transformational acquisition, which could be around 34 percent accretive to earnings in its first full year,” says Robert Gardiner of Davy Stockbrokers.

According to the Irish Examiner, CRH initially agreed last February to buy assets across Europe, Asia and the Americas that had to be sold in order for the Lafarge/Holcim merger to take place. The purchase is set to boost CRH into becoming the world’s third-largest building materials business, the Irish Examiner says.

“The businesses we are acquiring, which represent an excellent geographic fit with CRH’s existing operations, are all strong performers in their respective areas,” says Albert Manifold, CRH chief executive. “The integration of these high quality assets – which we have acquired at an attractive valuation and at the right point of the cycle – will strengthen our presence in a number of key markets, as well as providing new platforms for strategic growth.”

This purchase will boost CRH’s workforce by 15,000 people, reports the Irish Examiner.

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