Holcim Ltd and Lafarge S.A. immediately accomplished their world merger and have launched LafargeHolcim, a world leader within the building materials industry.
All circumstances for the completion of the merger have been fulfilled following the profitable completion of the public exchange supply and the issuance of new Holcim shares to Lafarge shareholders.
Holcim’s shareholders had previously approved the merger-associated resolutions at an Extraordinary Common Assembly on May eight, 2015. With the completion of the merger the mandate of the new Board of Directors and of the new Executive Committee with Eric Olsen as CEO has turn out to be effective.LafargeHolcim
also unveils its new brand and corporate id today. It has been designed to demonstrate that Holcim and Lafarge have united to type one company, expressing the leadership and energy of the new Group.
Wolfgang Reitzle, Co-Chairman (statutory Chairman) of the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim, says: "Right this moment’s closing is a historic event – not only for our two founding companies but in addition for the trade as a whole. LafargeHolcim has a novel enterprise portfolio, is the trade benchmark in R&D and gives its customers the widest range of revolutionary and value-adding products, providers and options – from smallholders to giant enterprises and most complex projects."
Bruno Lafont, Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim, adds: "This new company is built on the rich history and culture of Lafarge and Holcim and its teams. The merger has not only resulted in a bigger and more world firm however brings a few distinctive set of complementary capabilities to capitalize on. Under the leadership of Eric Olsen, the new Group will foster a new operating model and create more worth for all our stakeholders."
The new LafargeHolcim shares can be traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange as well as the Euronext in Paris as of July 14.
As introduced, LafargeHolcim will re-open the general public exchange offer to provide the remaining Lafarge shareholders the chance to additionally tender their shares. The new offer interval will begin on July 15, 2015 for a duration of ten trading days until July 28th.
In April 2014 each corporations had introduced their intention to merge. The Group obtained all relevant anti-trust approvals within the anticipated timeframe following a proactive dialogue with the respective authorities. In this context, operations in Europe, the US, Canada, Brazil, India, the Philippines, and Mauritius are being divested. Completion of those transactions is predicted within the coming months.
The worldwide launch of the new company will be celebrated on July 15, 2015. LafargeHolcim will invite to a media conference on that day.
With a well-balanced presence in 90 international locations and a deal with Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, LafargeHolcim is the world leader within the building supplies industry. The Group has 115,000 employees around the world and mixed net sales of CHF 33 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2014. LafargeHolcim is the trade benchmark in R&D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complicated project with the widest range of value-adding products, modern providers and complete building solutions. With a dedication to drive sustainable solutions for higher building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is finest positioned to satisfy the challenges of increasing urbanization.