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Saudi CPC acquires top Egypt glass company

Cairo, June 26, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s Construction Products Holding Company (CPC) said it has completed the acquisition of Sphinx Glass, a 200,000-ton-per-annum, float glass production facility in Egypt.

The Saudi firm signed a sale and purchase agreement with Cairo-based Qalaa Holdings (formerly Citadel Capital), an African leader in infrastructure and industry, to buy the entire 73.3 per cent stake from the company.

The transaction was completed through its subsidiary CPC Emirates. Its size will imply an enterprise value of $180 million, which translates into a cash consideration of $114.2 million for 100 per cent of the shares after deducting debt and liabilities to be assumed by CPC.

The transfer of cash and shares is expected to conclude in July.

On the acquisition, CPC chief operating officer Riad Kiwan said Sphinx Glass was one of the most technologically advanced plants in Egypt with a strong management team complementing its existing portfolio of building materials and was a perfect fit with its existing industrial presence in Egypt.

“This acquisition is an important step in line with our group’s international expansion strategy, enabling us to capitalize on increasing demand for building materials and glass in Egypt and Africa, where the construction industry is booming with economic progress and increasing urbanization,” he added.

Sphinx Glass was an idea born on the eve of a global recession and commissioned mere months before the start of the 25 January 2011 Revolution,” remarked Qalaa Holdings co-founder and managing director Hisham El-Khazindar.

"Despite these headwinds, we have worked closely with management and our co-investors to create over 375 new jobs and catapult Sphinx Glass into the ranks of both key national players in Egypt and leading regional and global exporters," he added.

According to him, Sphinx Glass began full operations in April 2010 and is today one of the largest independently operated float glass producers in the Mena region.

"In addition to being a key player in the Egyptian market, Sphinx Glass is also a significant regional and international exporter," stated El-Khazindar.

"The company specializes in the production of clear and tinted float glass and online coated glass in varying thicknesses. The company recorded EGP 393 million in sales in 2013 and is currently on target to exceed its budget for the second consecutive year," he added.

Kiwan said under CPC ownership, Sphinx Glass will remain committed to supporting its valued customers in Egypt and in export markets.

Qalaa Holdings was advised on the transaction by Arab Legal Consultants acting as the seller’s Legal Counsel and Pharos Investment Banking SAE acting as the sell side advisor. CPC was advised by Helmy, Hamza & Partners and Crédit Suisse.-TradeArabia News Service

Tags: Egypt | acquisition | Sphinx Glass | Saudi CPC |

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