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Lafarge Merges with UniCem, Atlas Cement

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The board of Lafarge Africa Plc has approved and authorised the merger with both United Cement Company of Nigeria (Unicem) and Atlas Cement Company Limited.

A statement signed on Friday, August 4, 2017, Mrs Edith Onwuchekwa, the company’s scribe, disclosed that the board is now waiting for the approval of the necessary regulatory bodies.

According to Mrs Onwuchekwa, The board of directors of Lafarge Africa Plc gave the cement firm to “undertake a business combination/merger with United Cement Company of Nigeria (Unicem) and Atlas Cement Company Limited.”

She also said the board authorised the firm to “Enter into any agreement and do all that is necessary to negotiate and implement the merger among UniCem and Atlas.”

Concluding, Mrs Onwuchekwa stressed that Lafarge “will seek the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and all other relevant regulatory bodies in furtherance of the implementation of the merger.”

Lafarge Africa is a leading sub-Saharan Africa building materials company and a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim, a world leader in building materials.

Listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) with a presence in Africa’s two largest economies, Nigeria and South Africa, Lafarge Africa is actively participating in the urbanization and economic growth of the continent.

On the other hand, Unicem is one of the leading brands in the Eastern region of Nigeria, with an installed capacity of 5 MMT.

It has track record of quality, consistency and exhibits excellent strength performance at all ages.

For Atlas Cement Company Limited, it engages in bagging, selling, distribution, and dealing of cement products. The company was incorporated in 1999 and is based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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