Lafarge to sell South Korean unit

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South Korea: French cement maker Lafarge is looking to sell its controlling stake in its South Korean subsidiary Lafarge Halla Cement Co, according to South Korean online media Edaily. The French company, which controls about 90% of its Seoul-based unit, expects to raise around US$651m in proceeds from the divestment, for which it has picked Lazard and HSBC's South Korean arm.

Lafarge, which has been offloading non-strategic assets in a drive to push its debt below US$13bn from US$16bn, has not commented on the report. The move follows the announcement in November 2012 that Lafarge and Anglo American would sell a portfolio of its UK operations to Mittal Investments for US$439m, and the sale of two of Lafarge's cement plants in North America to Eagle Materials for US$446m in September 2012.


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