The Cemex Surprise
It may have been the biggest acquisition ever by a Mexican company, but the $5.75 billion deal by cement maker Cemex should have come as no shock.
|On the Move: Cemex adds
another acquisition to its expansion list
Ever since their last big acquisition in 2000, Cemex
executives said they were focused on paying down debt amassed
from previous takeovers. But at the end of September, they did
an about face and announced yet another blockbuster
acquisition. Cemex would buy Britain's RMC Group, paying $4.15
billion cash and assuming another $1.6 billion in debt for a
total $5.75 billion.
While the deal caught many in the markets off their guard,
it was a natural next step for a Mexican company that has spent
a decade carving out a global presence. Nicholas Sakellariadis,
managing director for mergers and acquisitions at Citigroup,
which advised Cemex on the deal, puts it this way: "The Cemex
vision is to be a global player, with vertical integration from
aggregates to cement to ready mix."
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