Votorantim Cimentos and CDPQ close transaction to combine cement operations in North America
by CM Staff
St. Marys Cement Inc. and McInnis Cement to begin jointly manufacturing, distributing and selling cement in Canada and the United States.
TORONTO and MONTREAL and SÃO PAULO — Votorantim Cimentos, a cement producer, and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a long-term institutional investor, announced that they have completed the transaction to combine cement operations in North America. After having obtained regulatory approval from authorities in Brazil, Canada and the United States, St. Marys Cement Inc. (Canada), a wholly owned subsidiary of Votorantim Cimentos can now commence with the integration process with McInnis Cement Inc.
As part of the transaction, the parties will combine their North American assets in a jointly-held entity. Votorantim Cimentos International, the international investments platform and wholly owned subsidiary of Votorantim Cimentos, will hold 83% and CDPQ will indirectly hold 17% of the shares. The business combination is expected to strengthen the strategic positioning of the combined operations through increased cement production capacity, operational efficiencies and an enhanced distribution network.
The combined entity will comprise operations in Bowmanville and St. Marys, in Ontario, Canada; and in Detroit and Charlevoix, Michigan; Dixon, Illinois; and Badger, Wisconsin in the United States, along with an extensive distribution network concentrated in the Great Lakes region — plus the Port-Daniel–Gascons plant and its distribution operations, including terminals located in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Northeastern region of the United States.
Moelis & Company LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor for Votorantim Cimentos. HSBC served as lead financial advisor to CDPQ on the transaction, in collaboration with National Bank Financial and BMO Capital Markets.