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Lafarge and Votorantim finalise transaction

World Cement,

Lafarge has announced that it will receive Brazilian cement assets in exchange for the sale to Votorantim on 3 February 2010 of its 17.28% stake in the Portuguese Cimpor group. The terms of payment depended on the outcome of the public takeover bid for Cimpor.

With these assets, Lafarge becomes one of Brazil's top three cement operators with 7 million t in a buoyant market averaging 5% annual growth.

Already active in Brazil with four plants and one grinding station, Lafarge will now be able to establish new positions in fast-growing regional markets in the Northeast and Midwest, while reinforcing its presence around Rio de Janeiro, which has bright prospects in preparation for the World Football Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.

This acquisition, leveraged by Lafarge's synergies with existing positions and market growth, will have a positive impact on net earnings per share and ROCE as of 2010, and should increase Lafarge's EBITDA in Brazil by €85 million as of 2011 and by more than €100 million in 2012.

Through this transaction, Lafarge was able to unwind its minority stake in Cimpor while strengthening its position in Brazil, where Lafarge now has 1200 employees and is active in its four business lines: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum.

The Brazilian competition authorities have been notified of the latest phase of the transaction between Lafarge and Votorantim.

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