Italy: HeidelbergCement’s subsidiary Italcementi has completed its acquisition of Cementir Italia following approval by the Italian competition authority. The competition body gave clearance to the acquisition in November 2017 subject to certain conditions, including the divestment of some plants. Italcementi will reveal which units it intends to sell by mid-2018. The acquisition cost Euro315m.
“For Italcementi, the acquisition is a unique opportunity to grow and consolidate its position in the Italian market. We see strong recovery potential in Southern Europe and especially in Italy over the coming years. With this acquisition we are very well positioned to create value through synergies, efficient processes, and the offer of high-quality and innovative products,” said Bernd Scheifele, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement.
Italcementi and Cementir Holding entered into an agreement to buy Cementir Italia, and its subsidies Cementir Sacci and Betontir, in mid-September 2017. Cementir Italia’s business includes five integrated cement plants and two cement grinding units with a total cement capacity of 5.5Mt/yr, as well as a network of terminals and concrete plants, all operating in Italy. Minimum annual run-rate cost synergies of Euro25m are expected to be achieved by 2020.