BTG Pactual expects to start receiving bids for InterCement assets in February 2024

BTG Pactual expects to start receiving bids for InterCement assets in February 2024

Investment banking and management company BTG Pactual will start receiving ‘binding proposals’ for prospective buyers of assets belonging to InterCement before the end of February 2024, Valor Online News has reported. These will reportedly include InterCement’s stake in Argentina-based Loma Negra, as well as its Brazilian business. The latter may involve an outright divestment or the enlistment of a new significant partner. Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) previously hired Morgan Stanley for negotiations with InterCement, and China-based Huaxin Cement has reportedly showed interest in its assets. While an outright acquisition might face challenges on grounds of competition, Brazilian market leader Votorantim Cimentos is nonetheless also ‘interested’ in a partial takeover. Continuing plant closures and debt-related asset disposals also potentially further complicate any deal. On the basis of CSN’s previous US$1bn acquisition of (10.3Mt/yr-capacity) LafargeHolcim Brazil, Valor Online News has estimated the sale price of InterCement’s Brazil business as US$1.6bn.