Companies with interest in buying Kenya’s ARM Cement get February deadline

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Companies interested in buying out troubled ARM Cement have until the end of this month to make final offers to the company’s administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

A report sent by PwC to ARM’s creditors has provided additional information on the status of the plans to sell the Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed firm to a strategic investor.

The report sent by PwC said “the deadline for submission of binding offers is February 28, 2019. We will keep you posted on the status of the transaction going forward as we progress our efforts aimed at reaching a suitable solution for the company’s challenges”.

According to PwC, 25 companies expressed their interest in taking over ARM, with 23 of these firms signing non-disclosure agreements which allowed them to receive additional information about the cement manufacturer.

The administrator also noted that “further to the above, in mid-December, we received a total of fourteen (14) non-binding offers (NBOs) from various interested parties”.

PwC said “we reviewed these NBOs and shortlisted a number of parties whose offers best suited the objectives of the envisaged transaction to proceed to the next round of conducting their due diligence, with a view to submitting binding offers”.

The shortlisted potential acquirers are currently interviewing the company’s management teams and visiting its various cement plants. PwC said it cannot offer more detailed information, adding that it is keen on safeguarding the integrity of the transaction process.

PwC did not reveal any of the shortlisted candidates, however the interested candidates include Nigeria’s Dangote Cement and Oman’s Raysut, which went public with its 10.2 billion shillings buyout offer.
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