Lafarge and Holcim believe that, given the strong complementarity of their portfolio and the cultural proximity between the two companies, there is rationale in considering a potential merger that could deliver significant benefits to customers, employees and shareholders.

The discussions are based on principles consistent with a merger of equals which build on the strengths and identities of the two companies.

No agreement has yet been reached and no assurance can be given that these discussions will lead to a definitive agreement. Lafarge will inform the public of any material developments in this respect.