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Cemex changes bid for Trinidad Cement

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Cemex has announced that its indirect subsidiary, Sierra Trading, will present a change and variation notice making an amended offer to the offer and take-over bid to acquire up to 132 616 942 ordinary shares in Trinidad Cement Ltd., that was presented to shareholders of TCL on 5 December 2016. Together with Sierra’s existing share ownership in TCL of approximately 39.5%, this would resulting 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 US$. Full acceptance of the Offer, as amended by the Amended Offer, in TT$ would result in a cash payment by Sierra of approximately TT$672 million (US$101 million). The Revised Offer Price represents a premium of 50% over the 1 December 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 24 January 2017 at 3.00 pm Trinidad and Tobago time. Sierra does not currently expect to extend the Offer period after 24 January 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.

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