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Cemex aims for $950m Latin American float in Colombia

Cemex, the Mexican cement producer, hopes to raise up to $950m from the partial sale of its Latin American subsidiary, people familiar with the deal told the Financial Times on Monday.

The company has set a price range of 11,000-13,500 Colombian pesos a share for the sale of about 24 per cent, or 126.6m shares, in Cemex Latam Holdings, Cemex’s Central and South American unit, in a forthcoming initial public offering on the Colombian stock exchange.

 
FT related CEMEX news:
The IPO of Cemex Latam, which includes Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama, is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to pay down its high debt. As of end of September, gross debt, which includes perpetual notes, stood at $17.7bn.

The planned IPO follows a recent refinancing agreement for about $7bn in loans, which extends maturities by three years from 2014 to 2017. At the time, analysts welcomed the agreement, saying that it bought the company valuable time to allow global cement markets to recover.

“The refinancing lays to rest any residual concerns about the company’s solvency,” one analyst who asked not to be named, told the FT recently.

That, coupled with positive results during the third quarter – Cemex said that earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (ebitda) between July and the end of September grew 9 per cent compared with last year to reach $730m, the highest ebitda generation in three years – has fuelled a rally in the company’s share price this year.

For years, Cemex was considered one of the most successful “multilatinas” as Latin American multinationals are known, as it embarked on a 20-year acquisition spree that turned it into the world’s third-largest cement producer by volume.

But the Monterrey-based company came unstuck following its purchase of Rinker, the Australian building-materials supplier, for $15.3bn – an acquisition it financed with short-term loans and that came on the cusp of the US housing crash.

Source: Financial Times, 22.10.2012

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