Breedon to acquire Cemex’s UK business for £178m

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Breedon group, Cemex,

Breedon Group has reached a conditional agreement with building materials giant Cemex to acquire certain UK assets and operations for £178m

Construction materials group Breedon has agreed to acquire Cemex’s UK assets for £155m in cash together with the assumption of £23m of lease liabilities.

In the year ended 31 December 2018, Cemex’s UK assets generated revenue of £178m.

What’s included in the sale?

Breedon will take control of 49 ready-mix plants, 28 aggregate quarries, four depots, one cement terminal, four concrete products operations and 14 asphalt plants. Parts of Cemex’s Paving Solutions business in the UK are also included in the sale to Breedon.

Cemex’s UK assets comprise 100 active operations across six divisions located in Scotland, Wales, North-East England, Norfolk, the East Midlands, and Yorkshire.

The acquisition will boost Breedon’s mineral reserves and resources by 170 million tonnes – enough to last more than 27 years at current extraction rates.

Breedon expects to achieve annual net pre-tax cost synergies of approximately £2m by the third full year following completion

Completion of the acquisition is expected in the second quarter of 2020, subject to completion of a TUPE consultation process.

Pat Ward, Breedon’s group chief executive, said: “This is a unique opportunity to extend our national network through a single value-enhancing transaction, substantially increasing our footprint in several regions of Great Britain where we are currently underrepresented and adding approximately 170 million tonnes of mineral reserves and resources. It also delivers a step-change in the development of our national asphalt strategy.

“There is potential to drive significant performance improvements across these new assets and they will also strengthen our platform for further organic growth and bolt-on acquisitions.

“In addition to the cost synergies we anticipate, we also expect the deal to be accretive to both earnings and free cash flow in the first full year, with a positive ongoing impact on the cash generation of the enlarged group.”

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