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CRH enter binding agreement to acquire Adbri in Australia

Albert Manifold, chief executive of CRH
Albert Manifold, chief executive of CRH

Adbri shareholders recommended to vote in favour of CRH’s acquisition of remaining ordinary shares

ON 17 December 2023, CRH plc, together with the Barro Group, entered into an agreement with Adbri Ltd in relation to a potential transaction to acquire Adbri, formerly known as Adelaide Brighton, by way of a Scheme of Arrangement.

Today, following due diligence over the past two months, CRH and Adbri have entered into a binding agreement under which CRH will acquire the remaining 57% of the ordinary shares of Adbri not owned by Barro for the previously agreed cash consideration of A$3.20 per share.

The offer values Adbri at an equity valuation of A$2.1 billion (US$1.4 billion) on a 100% basis and values the approximately 53% of issued share capital that the partners do not currently have an interest in and which CRH have agreed to acquire at A$1.1 billion (US$0.7 billion).

 

A committee comprised of the independent directors of the Adbri board has unanimously recommended that Adbri shareholders vote in favour of the scheme in the absence of a superior proposal and subject to an independent expert concluding that the scheme is in the best interests of Adbri shareholders.

The proposed transaction, which is subject to customary terms and conditions, is expected to complete in 2024.

Adbri, formerly known as Adelaide Brighton, are one of Australia’s leading building materials businesses
Adbri, formerly known as Adelaide Brighton, are one of Australia’s leading building materials businesses

Albert Manifold, chief executive of CRH, said: ‘We are pleased to reach this important milestone in the potential acquisition of Adbri in partnership with the Barro family. Adbri is an attractive business with high-quality assets and leading market positions that complement our core competencies in cement, concrete, and aggregates, while creating additional opportunities for growth and development for our existing Australian business.

‘We look forward to working with the Barro family over the coming years to enhance the long-term growth and performance of Adbri.’

 

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