Kenya: Holcim is set to acquire effective control of Kenya's Bamburi Cement Company Ltd as part of the planned merger between Holcim and Lafarge. Lafarge is Bamburi's parent company. Bamburi said that the proposed combination would not effect any changes to the ownership of Bamburi and that the local outfit would remain listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE).
"The parties do not wish to see any change to the status of Bamburi as one of Kenya's leading industrial companies listed on the NSE," said Holcim. Holcim added that maintenance of the listing on the NSE and the wide-scale investment from the Kenyan public in Bamburi's shares is a key ingredient to the success of Bamburi.
Lafarge owns 58.6% of Bamburi's total issued share capital through two subsidiaries: Fincem Holding Ltd (29.3%) and Kencem Ltd (29.3%). Kenyan institutions and individuals own an estimated 32.17% of Bamburi shares. Currently Holcim does not own any shares directly or indirectly.