CEMEX today announced that its indirect subsidiary, Sierra Trading (“Sierra”), will present a change and variation notice making an amended offer (the “Amended Offer”) to the offer and take-over bid that was presented on December 5, 2016 (the “Offer”) to all shareholders of Trinidad Cement Limited (“TCL”), a company publicly listed in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados, to acquire up to 132,616,942 ordinary shares in TCL, which together with Sierra’s existing share ownership in TCL of approximately 39.5%, would, if successful, result in Sierra holding up to 74.9% of the equity share capital in TCL.
Pursuant to the Amended Offer, Sierra will offer TT$5.07 in cash per TCL share (the “Revised Offer Price”) and, except for shareholders of TCL in Barbados, shareholders of TCL will have the option to be paid for their TCL shares in TT$ or in U.S.$. Full acceptance of the Offer, as amended by the Amended Offer, in TT$ would result in a cash payment by Sierra of approximately TT$672 million (U.S.$101 million). The Revised Offer Price represents a premium of 50% over the December 1, 2016 closing price of TCL’s shares in the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange.
Among other conditions, the Offer, as amended by the Amended Offer, will be conditional on Sierra acquiring at least an amount of TCL shares that would allow CEMEX, for financial reporting purposes, to consolidate TCL. Unless extended, the Offer period, as amended by the Amended Offer, is expected to close on January 24, 2017 at 3.00 p.m. Trinidad and Tobago time. Sierra does not currently expect to extend the Offer period after January 24, 2017. All other terms and conditions of the Offer not modified by the Amended Offer remain unchanged.
If the Offer, as amended by the Amended Offer, is successful, TCL will continue operating as usual. Additionally, TCL will be maintained as a publicly listed company on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange with the benefit of a strong local shareholding together with the enhanced benefit of proven management and operational expertise from CEMEX.
TCL’s main operations are in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados. TCL is the majority shareholder of Caribbean Cement Company Limited (“CCCL”), a main cement producer in Jamaica.
As of September 30, 2016, TCL and its subsidiaries had EBITDA of approximately U.S.$77 million for the last twelve months, net debt of approximately U.S.$113 million, representing a net financial leverage of approximately 1.5x. If the Offer is successful TCL would, for financial reporting purposes, be consolidated by CEMEX.