Vulcan Materials Co. announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of the company’s cement and concrete businesses in the Florida area to Cementos Argos for gross cash proceeds of $720 million. Under a separate supply agreement, Vulcan will continue to provide aggregates to the divested concrete facilities, at market prices, for a period of 20 years.
“We are pleased to have successfully completed the transaction with Argos and to be working with Argos to supply aggregates to the facilities going forward,” said Don James, chairman and chief executive officer. “This transaction further enhances our strategic focus as the leading aggregates producer in the fastest-growing regions and urban markets of the United States. Over the past two years we have successfully executed upon our core aggregates strategy, and we look forward to continuing to create value for shareholders in the future.”
The completion of the asset sale to Cementos Argos and related restructuring and other transaction-related expenses are expected to result in a pretax gain of approximately $210 million, or $1.00 per diluted share for 2014.