Holcim satisfies a condition to the recommended cash offer for Aggregate Industries

23 February 2005
 

Holcim Participations (UK) Limited (the "Offeror"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Holcim Ltd, announces that a condition to the recommended cash offer for the entire ordinary share capital of Aggregate Industries plc announced on January 20, 2005 ("Offer") relating to the making of filings and the expiry of waiting periods under the United States Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (as amended) has been satisfied. The offer remains conditional on, inter alia, the receipt of competition clearance from the European Commission.

Forms of Acceptance not yet returned should be completed and returned in accordance with the instructions set out in the Offer Document and in the Form of Acceptance so as to be received as soon as possible and, in any event, not later than 3.00 p.m. (London time) on 28 February 2005.

Defined terms used in this announcement have the same meanings as in the Offer Document dated 7 February 2005.


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Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement, aggregates (gravel and sand), concrete and construction-related services. The Group holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents.
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Unless otherwise determined by the Offeror, the Offer (including the Loan Note Alternative) is not being made, directly or indirectly, in or into, or by use of the mails or any means or instrumentality (including, without limitation, facsimile transmission, telephone and internet) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or any facilities of a national, state or other securities exchange of, any Restricted Jurisdiction and the Offer (including the Loan Note Alternative) will not be capable of acceptance by any such use, means, instrumentality or facility of, or from or within, any Restricted Jurisdiction. Accordingly, copies of this announcement are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction and persons receiving this announcement (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise distribute or send it in, into or from such jurisdictions as doing so may invalidate any purported acceptance of the Offer. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Offeror will retain the right to permit the Offer to be accepted and any sale of securities pursuant to the Offer to be completed if, in its sole discretion, it is satisfied that the transaction in question can be undertaken in compliance with applicable law and regulation. This announcement does not constitute an offer or an invitation to purchase any securities or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.

 
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