Billionaires Increase Bet on Cement as Building Recovers

09/23/14 Bloomberg 

construction-workersBillionaires Carlos Slim and Antonio del Valle are doubling down on the Mexican cement industry, wagering a demographic boom and government subsidies will sustain a homebuilding recovery after last year’s collapse. Elementia SAB, the Mexican cement maker backed by Slim and del Valle, agreed Sept. 19 to pay Lafarge SA (LG) $225 million for the 47 percent stake of cement maker Cementos Fortaleza it didn’t already own. Hours later, Mexico City-based Elementia disclosed plans for an initial public offering, which will be used to fund expansion projects, according to a prospectus on the Mexican stock exchange’s website.

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