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Holcim-Lafarge leftovers will entice bidders

  • Once Holcim (HCMLF, HCMLY) and Lafarge (LFGEF, LFRGY) start shedding assets across the world to complete their $40B merger and satisfy antitrust regulators, cement producers from Europe to the U.S. are likely to start lining up with offers.
  • Bloomberg says likely bidders for North American cement plants may include Europe’s HeidelbergCement (HDELY) and Titan Cement (TITCF), as well as Mexico’s Cemex (CX) and Ireland's CRH; for businesses in cement aggregates - crushed rock, gravel and sand - potential buyers are Vulcan Materials (VMC) and Martin Marietta Materials (MLM), as well as P-E firms.
  • These are prime assets that don’t come up for sale often, so almost everyone in the industry will take a look, a Cantor Fitzgerald analyst says.
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