May 4, 2015 / 8:29 PM / 3 years ago

Cement makers Holcim and Lafarge win U.S. antitrust approval to merge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Holcim Ltd HOLN.VX, a Swiss company, and Lafarge S.A. LAFP.PA, which is based in Paris, on Monday won U.S. antitrust approval to merge after they agreed to divest assets, the Federal Trade Commission.

A concrete mixing truck is seen at French building material Lafarge concrete production plant in Paris, France, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The companies agreed to divest plants, terminals and a quarry to gain approval of their $25 billion deal, the FTC said.

The companies won approval for the deal from European Union antitrust enforcers in December.

In the United States, the two companies agreed that Lafarge would sell a cement plant and quarry in Iowa as well as terminals and distribution centers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Louisiana.

Lafarge said previously that it would sell its Davenport cement plant in Iowa and seven terminals along the Mississippi River to Summit Materials (SUM.N) for $450 million in cash plus Summit’s Bettendorf, Iowa, cement terminal.

Holcim will sell slag cement plants in Chicago and New Jersey and terminals in Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois and elsewhere. Slag cement is a specialty cement used to make more durable buildings.

The two companies - the biggest cement makers in the world - announced the megadeal in April 2014, saying it was the biggest ever merger of equals.

Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Sandra Maler

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