: Lafarge http://www.lafarge.gr Lafarge, building better cities. @: Lafarge 2017 @: Lafarge 2017 : Lafarge /wps/themes/html/CommonFiles_gr/img/logo_lafarge_en_int.gif /wps/portal/gr : Lafarge "Good Driver": The new invaluable ally in road safety from HERACLES Group http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1259382868&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p align="center"><em>The company invests in raising road safety awareness through its new Corporate Social Responsibility program</em></p><p><strong>HERACLES Group of Gompanies</strong> implements the new pioneering <strong>Corporate Social Responsibility program "Good Driver", </strong>loyal to its commitments to set Health &amp; Safety as its absolutely top priority and raise road safety awareness. The aim of the training program is to remind drivers of the good driving behaviour rules, as well as encourage and inspire them to respect driving standards holding them personally accountable for their safety.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In particular, the road safety program "Good Driver" was specifically designed for <strong>professional truck and bus drivers</strong> considering the nature of their job and their work place. It consists of individual episodes and interactive questions, which are shown to the Group's professional drivers on a digital platform <strong><a href="http://www.kalosodigos.gr/" target="" title="">www.kalosodigos.gr</a></strong>. With <strong>actor Kostas Apostolakis</strong> behind the wheel, the program covers a wide range of road safety issues, from trivial everyday things to most technical matters encountered by professional drivers in their everyday work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In this simple, illustrative and pleasant way, <strong>more than 600 professional drivers of Heracles Group</strong> get a unique chance to enrich their knowledge with tips and insights, so as to become more of "Good Drivers".</p> <p>This training program also aims at bringing multiple benefits to the broader public in the long run. Considering that life-long learning in the area of road safety -where the Group invests systematically- contributes to safer transports and minimisation of road accidents, this awareness-raising and information campaign can have a positive impact on drivers, who use large road networks daily.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ms. Evi Ioannidou, Communications and Public Relations Manager of HERACLES Group,</strong> stated "For all of us in HERACLES Group, Health &amp; Safety are fundamental values that we foster through targeted actions and measurable results. We focus on road transports, which account for a large part of our activities, with the aim to develop a model driving culture. We aspire that this program will bring the importance of road safety to the forefront as a strategic CSR pillar, and will occasion new synergies and partnerships with businesses and organisations. We therefore invite both the Government and businesses to take part in this effort and underscore the significance of road safety with their involvement&raquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is worth noting that the "Good Driver" program is added to a set of actions implemented by HERACLES Group for the purpose of developing a road safety culture among its employees and contractors. Specifically, the company provides classroom and practical training to more than 400 drivers every year in collaboration with acknowledged organisations. At the same time, it performs route risk assessments, as well as logs and analyses systematically any incidents. Finally, it performs regular "mystery" checks in order to evaluate the driving behaviour of its employees and contractors.</p> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:57:02 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1259382868&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2017-03-08T07:57:02Z Template Press Release (to be modified) http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#902910972&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 07:57:16 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#902910972&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2017-01-05T07:57:16Z Heracles Group of Company grants land to the Municipality of Chalkida for the construction of a School http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1686551037&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p style="line-height: 11.05pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">The contract granting a plot of 4,359.36 square meters was signed by <strong>Mr George Michos, CEO</strong> of <strong>Heracles Group of Companies,</strong> and the <strong>Mayor of Chalkida, Mr Christos Pagonis.</strong> This part of the plot, which is located at the Bataria district of Chalkida, will be used for the <strong>construction of a new building to house the 26<sup>th</sup> Primary School of Chalkida.</strong></span></p><p style="line-height: 11.05pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">The contract granting a plot of 4,359.36 square meters was signed by <strong>Mr George Michos, CEO</strong> of <strong>Heracles Group of Companies,</strong> and the <strong>Mayor of Chalkida, Mr Christos Pagonis.</strong> This part of the plot, which is located at the Bataria district of Chalkida, will be used for the <strong>construction of a new building to house the 26<sup>th</sup> Primary School of Chalkida.</strong></span></p> <p style="line-height: 115%; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 115%; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Mayor Christos Pagonis, having identified the need for a new school in the area and having found the suitable location, addressed a relevant request to the Management of Heracles Group.&nbsp; The company's Management, promptly accepted the request to grant the above land, in the context of its multi-level Corporate Social Responsibility program.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="line-height: 115%; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 115%; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">At a time when the needs of society are more pressing than ever, HERACLES Group once again <span style="color: #222222;">demonstrates a sentiment of solidarity and responsibility,</span> creating value for Greek society. It focuses on initiatives and actions that improve the daily lives of citizens, and implements projects that meet the real needs of young people.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="line-height: 115%; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 115%; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Additionally, it should be noted that the <strong>Region of Central Greece</strong> also responded positively to the relevant request from the Municipality of Chalkida, recognising the need for a new school in that district, and has already announced a call for expression of interest in the framework of the new <strong>NSRF.</strong> Meanwhile, the Municipality's services are already preparing the design. </span></p> <p style="line-height: 115%; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 115%; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">On the occasion of the signing of the contract, the <strong>Mayor of Chalkida, Mr Christos Pagonis</strong> personally thanked the <strong>CEO, Mr George Michos </strong>for his positive response to the Municipal Authority's request, as well as the Region of Central Greece, and the Regional Governor Mr Kostas Bakogiannis personally, for their interest in the new school.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 115%; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Finally, <strong>Mr Georges Michos, CEO of Heracles Group,</strong> said: "the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable development constitute integral parts of the way we operate. Especially during these difficult times for our country, our Group continues to implement actions that support Greek society. Today, we are not only proud, but happy as well seeing that with such an important corporate social responsibility action, we are contributing to the support of local community and we are standing by the real needs of the region.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:55:52 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1686551037&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2016-09-19T09:55:52Z The company has completed a €5 million productive investment at the Volos plant. http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1814816467&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p>During an event organised at the plant, <strong>Heracles Group of Companies, member of the LafargeHolcim Group,</strong> announced today the completion of Phase A of their investment plant for modernisation of the HERACLES Volos plant. Representatives of local authorities and organisations, academia and the business community, journalists, associates and people of the company honoured this event with their presence. &nbsp;</p><p>During an event organised at the plant, <strong>Heracles Group of Companies, member of the LafargeHolcim Group,</strong> announced today the completion of Phase A of their investment plant for modernisation of the HERACLES Volos plant. Representatives of local authorities and organisations, academia and the business community, journalists, associates and people of the company honoured this event with their presence.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With this &euro;5 million investment, <strong>the company improves the plant's competitiveness in the domestic market and boosts its exporting activity</strong> offering new prospects. Meanwhile, this move is yet another expression of LafargeHolcim Group's confidence in the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2016, Heracles Group modernised the plant's electrical installations, as part of the process to ensure workers' Health and Safety, improve functionality and achieve sustainable development for the plant. &nbsp;&nbsp;Apart from improving the reliability of equipment, the main aim of such upgrading operations was to further minimise exposure of people conducting electrical work to danger.&nbsp; Moreover, works included the relocation of one of the main fans along with the construction of a new stack, as well as the upgrading of the plant's rotary kiln to achieve maximum productivity and increase the substitution of fossil fuels for alternative fuels.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In greeting the event, <strong>the Regional Governor of Thessalia, Mr Konstantinos Agorastos,</strong> stated the following: <em>"Today is a very special day, since a large corporation cares, invests in the Greek market and proves that it believes in our country. We believe that it is the State's obligation to support sound business operations and similar private sector initiatives.&nbsp; We are working closely with businesses to protect jobs and the environment.&nbsp; We are looking forward to having HERACLES with us for many years to come, and hope that it will continue to operate with benefits for all". </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Heracles Group of Companies Managing Director Mr Georgios Michos</strong>, noted: <em>"A key pillar of our strategic development plan, always responding to the challenges faced by Greek industry and the building materials sector, is to achieve high levels of operation with constant improvements adding value not only to our production units and our staff, but to our products as well.&nbsp;&nbsp; Our presence here today confirms that we turn our commitments into action with visible results.&nbsp; The <strong>Heracles Group of Companies,</strong> will continue to apply advanced operating models and create financially &amp; environmentally viable solutions, pivoting on the needs of our customers, the respect for local communities where we operate and an absolute priority on the health, safety and development of our people". </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is noteworthy that the HERACLES plant in Volos is the Group's largest production unit and one of the most important ones for <strong>LafargeHolcim</strong>, with a significant financial and social footprint in local community. With more than 450 direct and indirect jobs for 2011-2015, the plant has contributed more than &euro;150 million to the local community, to associates and institutional organisations.&nbsp; Meanwhile, the plant observes strict environmental management and quality control standards, aimed at limiting dust emissions, reducing CO2 emissions and preserving natural resources.&nbsp; For this purpose, in recent years, Heracles Group of Companies has invested more than &euro;45 million to constantly improve its environmental footprint. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 10:35:14 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1814816467&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2016-07-08T10:35:14Z ALTERNATE MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE DIMITRIS VITSAS MEETS "HERACLES" GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR GEORGIOS MICHOS http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1271088007&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p>Today, Friday June 24<sup>th</sup>, Alternate Minister of National Defence, <strong>Dimitris Vitsas</strong>&nbsp;had a meeting in his office at the Ministry, with <strong>George Michos,</strong> CEO of the Heracles Group of Companies, member of LafargeHolcim. The discussion revolved around the Group responding to a call from the Refugee Crisis Coordinating Management Centre for the development of public and private partnership initiatives in addressing and managing the refugee crisis.</p> <p>The Heracles Group representative assured the Minister that supporting Greek society and in particular vulnerable groups is one of Group's commitments, in the context of its Social Responsibility strategy, and that it will assist the Greek State in its efforts to address the refugee crisis.&nbsp; Note that, to date, the Group has already offered building materials thus contributing to the construction of refugee hospitality centres in Attica, Malakasa, Ioannina and Kilkis. <a name="m_6517057741244311026_m_7127706814658910"></a></p> <p>In his statement, the <strong>Alternate Minister of National Defence, Mr Dimitris Vitsas</strong>, said "Managing the refugee-immigrant issue is a national affair. In this sense, apart from the Government, which carries the greatest responsibility, the Greek society and other social partners, such as companies, also have a role to play and they demonstrate that on a daily basis. We deeply appreciate the response to the call of the Refugee Crisis Coordinating Management Centre for the development of public and private partnership initiatives on this major issue. I believe that on the occasion of this affair, we are fostering relationships of cooperation and mutual understanding that will prove very useful in the future".</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In turn, <strong>Heracles Group CEO, Mr George Michos</strong>, stated that: "For more than a century, we have been unwaveringly committed to caring and supporting our country. At the Heracles Group of Companies, we have a deeply established tradition of developing partnerships for the Sustainable Development of all social groups. Therefore, this is yet another initiative which indicates our strategic choice to stand by the State, so as to effectively contribute to the difficult task of supporting and comforting the refugees.&nbsp; Our objective is to continue offering our support in any way and by any means, but above all substantially, wherever there is need.</p> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:51:09 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1271088007&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2016-06-27T07:51:09Z Heracles Group of Companies invests in Health and Safety of employees http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#61943334&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p align="center"><em>During the "Health and Safety Days" the company organised information and awareness events. &nbsp;</em></p><p>The <strong>Heracles Group of Companies, member of&nbsp; LafargeHolcim</strong><strong><em> </em></strong>&nbsp;celebrated the <strong>"Health and Safety Days",</strong> with information happenings in all the plants throughout Greece and under the motto <strong>"I care, I share, I Act | Health and Safety Concerns Us All"</strong>. These events were aimed at informing employees and raising their awareness on the importance of Health and Safety at work, which constitute a fundamental and non-negotiable priority for the company.</p> <p>In 2015, despite the unfavourable economic climate, Heracles Group of Companies made productive investments amounting to &euro;6 mn, with emphasis on improving Safety and occupational Health, among other areas. Moreover, in 2015, the Group's Distribution Terminals underwent an inspection by a specialised technical team from the parent company, with exceptional results which placed Greece within the Group's Excellence Club of the best-performing facilities in terms of Health &amp; Safety, globally.</p> <p>From 22 May 2016 until 5 June 2016, the company held information meetings, with Management participation, in all facilities, from the two cement plants in Volos and Milaki to the Distribution terminals, Quarries and Ready-mix Units throughout Greece.&nbsp;</p> <p>The meetings showcased the importance for LafargeHolcim of developing a health and safety culture, as well as the company's progress and best practices. Meanwhile, the people of Heracles Group of Companies had the opportunity to share their personal, safety-related, experiences and concerns. Then followed meetings of the heads of all units with the employees, so as to discuss personal behaviour change commitments undertaken and to encourage materialisation.</p> <p>On the occasion of the World Environment Day on June 5th, "Health &amp; Safety Days" were concluded with a flower-planting and beach cleaning event at the facilities with the participation of employees and their families. Children and adults joined forces to prove that they "Care - Share - Act" both for Safety and for their work environment.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Heracles Group of Companies</strong></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em><strong><em>Heracles Group of Companies</em></strong><em>, member of LafargeHolcim, is Greece's largest cement producer and has been serving the market for more than 100 years. With a network of 33 production and commercial facilities throughout Greece, the Group operates in the production and trading of cement, aggregates and concrete, providing products and solutions to the market meeting varied customers' needs as well as the requirements of modern construction. </em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>With a perfectly balanced presence in 90 countries and focus on &nbsp;Cement, &nbsp;Aggregates &nbsp;and &nbsp;Ready-Mix Concrete, &nbsp;<strong>LafargeHolcim&nbsp;</strong>(listed in the SIX index of the Swiss Stock Exchange&nbsp; and the Paris Euronext Stock Exchange [LHN]) is a global leader in construction materials.&nbsp; The Group employs 100,000 employees throughout the world and in 2015 recorded combined net sales of 29,5 bn&nbsp; Swiss Francs (27 bn Euro). LafargeHolcim is an industry benchmark when it comes to Research and Development, and meets every construction need - from a single building to the largest and most complex projects - with the largest range of value added products, innovative services and integrated &nbsp;construction solutions. Driven by the commitment to developing &nbsp;sustainable solutions</em> <em>for the best possible constructions and infrastructures, and to contributing to a higher quality of life, the Group is ideally positioned to respond to the needs of an ever-intensifying urbanisation.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>More at &nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.lafarge.gr/" target="" title=""><strong><em>www.lafarge.gr</em></strong></a><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong><em>and<strong>&nbsp;</strong></em><a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/" target="" title=""><strong><em>www.lafargeholcim.com</em></strong></a></p> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 10:38:10 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#61943334&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2016-06-09T10:38:10Z ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MODIFICATION OF 2016 FINANCIAL CALENDAR http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#657535090&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p>HERACLES G.C.C. with the purpose of providing proper, valid and timely information to investors and in accordance with articles 4.1.2 and 4.1.4.3.1 of Athens Stock Exchange Regulation modifies the Announcement dated 30.3.2016 about the Financial Calendar for the year 2016 in the following part:</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Date of Annual Shareholders' Ordinary General Assembly: <strong>Thursday June 23</strong><strong>,</strong><strong> 2016.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:30:50 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#657535090&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2016-06-01T11:30:50Z Heracles GCCo Group announces 2015 Results http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1158766742&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p>Group sales, positively affected by the favorable dollar euro exchange rate and the development of secondary sources of revenue, offsetting the decline of the domestic demand for building materials that continued to be adversely impacted by political and economic instability, with both residential and infrastructure construction remaining at low levels&nbsp;</p><p><em>Athens, 30/03/2016</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Heracles GCCo Group announces 2015 Results</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Group sales, positively affected by the favorable dollar euro exchange rate and the development of secondary sources of revenue, offsetting the decline of the domestic demand for building materials that continued to be adversely impacted by political and economic instability, with both residential and infrastructure construction remaining at low levels</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" summary=" "> <tbody> <tr> <td width="254"> <p align="right"><em>thousand &euro;</em></p> </td> <td width="81"> <p align="center"><strong>2015</strong></p> </td> <td width="79"> <p align="center"><strong>2014</strong></p> </td> <td width="83"> <p align="center"><strong>%</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="254"> <p align="right">Heracles Group Turnover</p> </td> <td width="81"> <p align="center">247.164</p> </td> <td width="79"> <p align="center">236.485</p> </td> <td width="83"> <p align="center"><strong>4.5%</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="254"> <p align="right">&nbsp;Heracles Group EBITDA</p> </td> <td width="81"> <p align="center">10.686</p> </td> <td width="79"> <p align="center">(13.737)</p> </td> <td width="83"> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="254"> <p align="right">Heracles Group Net Losses after Tax</p> </td> <td width="81"> <p align="center">(18.448)</p> </td> <td width="79"> <p align="center">(40.713)</p> </td> <td width="83"> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Company's turnover increased by 4,6% in 2015, amounting to &euro;218.330 thousand compared to &euro;208.764 thousand in 2014, while the Group's turnover increased by 4,5% in 2015, amounting to &euro;247.164 thousand compared to &euro;236.485 thousand in 2014.</p> <p>The Company's results before taxes, interest, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in 2015 amounted to loss &euro;16.069 thousand compared to loss &euro;6.231 thousand in 2014, while for the Group amounted to profit &euro;10.686 thousand in 2015 compared to loss &euro;13.737 thousand in 2014.</p> <p>The Company recognized in the Financial Statements as at 31/12/2015 an impairment loss amounting to &euro;31.486 thousand concerning its investment in the consolidated subsidiary LAFARGE BETON S.A. The Company continues its efforts to reduce operating costs as well as optimize the production and supply chain processes.</p> <p>&Tau;he Group's net results after taxes amounted to loss &euro;18.448 thousand compared to loss &euro;40.713 thousand in 2014, while the Company's net results after taxes in 2015 amounted to loss &euro;37.711 thousand compared to loss &euro;26.372 thousand in 2014.</p> <p>In 2015, Heracles Group's investments, increased considerably and amounted to &euro;6.006 thousand, despite the unfavourable economic environment. They focused on improving safety and occupational health, environmental performance, sustainable development and competitiveness especially in the areas of energy consumption and alternative fuels utilization.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About&nbsp;</strong><strong>Heracles Group of Companies</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Heracles Group of Companies</em></strong><em>, a member of LafargeHolcim, is Greece's largest cement producer and has more than 100 years presence in the market. With a network of 33 production and trading facilities throughout Greece, the Group operates in the production and commercial activity of cement, aggregates and concrete, bringing to the market differentiated, innovative products to meet customer and end-user needs.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, </em></p> <p><em>LafargeHolcim (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. The Group has 100,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 29.5 billion in 2015. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&amp;D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive building solutions. With a commitment to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization.</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>More information is available on </em><a href="http://www.lafarge.gr/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafarge.gr</em></a><em> &amp; </em><a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/" target="" title=""><em>www.lafargeholcim.com</em></a></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:57:31 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1158766742&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2016-03-30T09:57:31Z Heracles GCC Group announces nine months 2015 results http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#978554844&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">The</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">Group</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">&rsquo;s </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">turnover amounted to </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&euro;</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">179.708 </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">thousand for the nine-month period ended 30 September </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">2015, </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">increased by 1,4</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">% </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">compared to the corresponding period of the prior year. The Company&rsquo;s </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">turnover amounted to </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&euro;</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">160.232 thousand, </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">for the same period in 2015</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">, </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">increased</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">by</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB"> 2% </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">compared</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">to</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">the</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">corresponding</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">period</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">of</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB"> the prior year.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background: yellow;" lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;</span></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" class="MsoNormalTable" align="left" summary=" " style="border: none; margin-left: 6.75pt; margin-right: 6.75pt;"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="254" style="width: 190.5pt; border: solid #999999 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 6.85pt; margin-bottom: 6.0pt; margin-left: 0cm; text-align: right; tab-stops: 99.4pt; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 9.0pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: margin; mso-element-left: center; mso-element-top: 2.05pt; mso-height-rule: exactly;" class="MsoNormal" align="right"><em><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">thousand &euro;</span></em></p> </td> <td width="94" style="width: 70.5pt; border: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-left: none; mso-border-left-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 6.0pt; text-align: center; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 9.0pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: margin; mso-element-left: center; mso-element-top: 2.05pt; mso-height-rule: exactly;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">Nine months</span></strong><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US"> </span></strong><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;2015</span></strong></p> </td> <td width="99" style="width: 74.0pt; border: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-left: none; mso-border-left-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 6.0pt; text-align: center; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 9.0pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: margin; mso-element-left: center; mso-element-top: 2.05pt; mso-height-rule: exactly;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Nine months 2014</span></strong></p> </td> <td width="59" style="width: 44.35pt; border: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-left: none; mso-border-left-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 6.0pt; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 9.0pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: margin; mso-element-left: center; mso-element-top: 2.05pt; mso-height-rule: exactly;" class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">%</span></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="254" style="width: 190.5pt; border: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-top-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 6.85pt; margin-bottom: 6.0pt; margin-left: 0cm; text-align: right; tab-stops: 99.4pt; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 9.0pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: margin; mso-element-left: center; mso-element-top: 2.05pt; mso-height-rule: exactly;" class="MsoNormal" align="right"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Heracles Group Turnover</span></p> </td> <td width="94" style="width: 70.5pt; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-right: solid #999999 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">179.708</span></p> </td> <td width="99" style="width: 74.0pt; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-right: solid #999999 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">177.256</span></p> </td> <td width="59" style="width: 44.35pt; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-right: solid #999999 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">+ 1,4%</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="254" style="width: 190.5pt; border: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-top-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 6.85pt; margin-bottom: 6.0pt; margin-left: 0cm; text-align: right; tab-stops: 99.4pt; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 9.0pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: margin; mso-element-left: center; mso-element-top: 2.05pt; mso-height-rule: exactly;" class="MsoNormal" align="right"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;Heracles Group EBITDA</span></p> </td> <td width="94" style="width: 70.5pt; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-right: solid #999999 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 6.0pt; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 9.0pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: margin; mso-element-left: center; mso-element-top: 2.05pt; mso-height-rule: exactly;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">10.371</span></p> </td> <td width="99" style="width: 74.0pt; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-right: solid #999999 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 6.0pt; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 9.0pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: margin; mso-element-left: center; mso-element-top: 2.05pt; mso-height-rule: exactly;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">9.281</span></p> </td> <td width="59" style="width: 44.35pt; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-right: solid #999999 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 6.0pt; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 9.0pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: margin; mso-element-left: center; mso-element-top: 2.05pt; mso-height-rule: exactly;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="254" style="width: 190.5pt; border: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-top-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 6.85pt; margin-bottom: 6.0pt; margin-left: 0cm; text-align: right; tab-stops: 99.4pt; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 9.0pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: margin; mso-element-left: center; mso-element-top: 2.05pt; mso-height-rule: exactly;" class="MsoNormal" align="right"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Heracles Group Net Losses after Tax</span></p> </td> <td width="94" style="width: 70.5pt; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-right: solid #999999 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 6.0pt; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 9.0pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: margin; mso-element-left: center; mso-element-top: 2.05pt; mso-height-rule: exactly;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">(9.512)</span></p> </td> <td width="99" style="width: 74.0pt; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-right: solid #999999 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 6.0pt; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 9.0pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: margin; mso-element-left: center; mso-element-top: 2.05pt; mso-height-rule: exactly;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">(15.116)</span></p> </td> <td width="59" style="width: 44.35pt; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #999999 1.0pt; border-right: solid #999999 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid #999999 .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 6.0pt; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 9.0pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: margin; mso-element-left: center; mso-element-top: 2.05pt; mso-height-rule: exactly;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="margin: 6pt 0cm;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 6pt 0cm;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 6pt 0cm;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 6pt 0cm;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 6pt 0cm;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 6pt 0cm;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">The Group recognized a net loss after taxes of amount </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&euro;9.512 </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">thousand for the </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">nine-month period </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">of 2015, while in the same period of 2014 it recognized a net loss after taxes of amount </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&euro;15.116 </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">thousand. The Company&rsquo;s net losses after taxes for the </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">nine-month period </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">of 2015 amounted to </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&euro;31.974</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US"> thousand while in the corresponding period in 2014 the net losses after taxes amounted to </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&euro;5.401 </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">thousand.</span></p> <p style="margin: 6pt 0cm;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">The net results after taxes of the Company were significantly affected by the impairment loss of the Company&rsquo;s investment in the </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">consolidated subsidiary LAFARGE BETON S.A., of amount &euro;31.486 thousand</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">The</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">increase</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">of</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">the</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">turnover</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">in</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">the</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">nine month period of </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">201</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">5</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">, compared to the corresponding period of </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">2014, is attributed to the increase of export sales which offset the decline on the domestic market. Recent general elections, as well as capital controls affected economic activity and Group&rsquo;s results, especially during the 3<sup>rd</sup> quarter of the year. </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">The Group and the Company continue their efforts to reduce operating costs, as well as optimize the production and supply chain processes supporting the improvement of the gross and net profit.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 6pt 0cm;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:18:14 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#978554844&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2015-11-30T14:18:14Z MANDATORY TENDER OFFER OF THE COMPANY “LAFARGE CEMENTOS SAU” TO THE SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY “HERACLES GENERAL CEMENT CO” http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#945352439&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p align="center"><strong>FOR THE ACQUISITION OF THE TOTAL OF </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>THE COMMON SHARES WITH VOTING RIGHTS OF THE COMPANY</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>"HERACLES GENERAL CEMENT CO"</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>IN CONSIDERATION OF &euro; 1.23 IN CASH PER SHARE</strong></p> <p align="center">(in accordance with the provisions of Law 3461/2006)</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>It is hereby announced that on 6 November 2015 (the "<strong>Date of the Information Memorandum</strong>"), the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Capital Markets Commission approved, pursuant to Article 11 para. 4 of Law 3461/2006 (the "<strong>Law</strong>"), the information memorandum (the "<strong>Information Memorandum</strong>") of the mandatory tender offer (the "<strong>Tender Offer</strong>") submitted by the company with registered name "<strong>LAFARGE CEMENTOS SAU</strong> (the "<strong>Offeror</strong>") on 30 July 2015 (the "<strong>Tender Offer Date</strong>") to the shareholders of the company "<strong>HERACLES GENERAL CEMENT CO</strong>" (the "<strong>Company</strong>").</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; DISTRIBUTION OF THE INFORMATION MEMORANDUM</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Information Memorandum, as approved by the Hellenic Capital Markets Commission (the "<strong>CMC</strong>"), as well as the declarations of acceptance of the Tender Offer, will be distributed free of charge in hard copy in all Greek branches of "<strong>Eurobank Ergasias</strong>" (the "<strong>Receiving Bank</strong>") during business days and hours, starting from Wednesday, 11 November 2015 and throughout the entire duration of the Tender Offer Acceptance Period (as defined below). In addition, the shareholders will be entitled, as at 11 November 2015 and throughout the Tender Offer Acceptance Period, to receive copies of the Information Memorandum from the offices of the Offeror, located at Road C-17, 2,947 km in Montcada I Reixac, Barcelona, Spain.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Furthermore, the Information Memorandum will be available in electronic form on the webpage of the Offeror (<a href="http://www.lafarge.com.es/" target="" title="">http://www.lafarge.com.es/</a>) and that of the company "<strong>BNP Paribas S.A.</strong>", acting in its capacity as the financial adviser of the Offeror (the "<strong>Adviser</strong>") (<a href="http://securities.bnpparibas.com/contact-us/our-offices.html" target="" title="">http://securities.bnpparibas.com/contact-us/our-offices.html</a>, then "Greece" page).</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; SUBJECT OF THE TENDER OFFER</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>On 11 May 2015, the company with registered name "Holcim Ltd" filed a public exchange offer on the shares of the company with registered name "Lafarge S.A.", which was the ultimate parent company of the Company. Further to the completion of the above public exchange offer, Holcim Ltd acquired on 10 July 2015, a 87.46% stake in the share capital of Lafarge S.A. and on the same date, changed its registered name to LafargeHolcim Ltd. Therefore, LafargeHolcim Ltd. became on 10 July 2015 the controlling shareholder of Lafarge S.A. The public exchange offer was thereafter resumed from 15 July 2015 until 28 July 2015 and following the completion of a squeeze-out process on 23 October 2015, LafargeHolcim Ltd. acquired 100% of the share capital of Lafarge S.A.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As a result, on 10 July 2015, LafargeHolcim Ltd became the indirect owner of 63,253,403 shares in the share capital of the Company (the "<strong>Shares</strong>"), which correspond to 88.99% of the total voting rights thereof and consequently became the ultimate parent company of the Company. It is clarified that the Offeror belongs to the LafargeHolcim group of companies and has submitted the Tender Offer as a result of the respective obligation arisen on the ultimate parent undertaking, LafargeHolcim Ltd, which acts in concert with the Offeror. The Offeror duly initiated the Tender Offer procedure on the Tender Offer Date. It is noted that from 10 July 2015 until the Information Memorandum Date there have been no other changes as to the control of the Shares and voting rights in respect of the direct shareholder of the Company, namely the Offeror, or the indirect control of the Shares and voting rights from any other entities controlled by LafargeHolcim Ltd.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In particular, on the Tender Offer Date and the Information Memorandum Date, the shares being the object of the Tender Offer amounted to 7,829,304 shares (the "<strong>Tender Offer Shares</strong>"), which correspond to 11.01% of the voting rights of the Company.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Offeror does not intend to acquire any further shares in the Company, through the ATHEX or otherwise, during the period from publication of the submission of the Tender Offer until the end of the Acceptance Period, as such is defined below.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ACCEPTANCE PERIOD</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The acceptance period of the Tender Offer will commence on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 and end on Friday, 11 December 2015 (the "<strong>Tender Offer Acceptance Period</strong>") by close of business (in accordance with the business hours followed by banks operating in Greece).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; OFFER CONSIDERATION</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>In accordance with Article 9 of the Law, the Offeror will pay the amount of <strong>&euro;1.23 in cash per </strong>Tender Offer Share in relation to which the Tender Offer will be timely and validly accepted (the "<strong>Offer Consideration</strong>").</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Offer Consideration is fair and reasonable in accordance with Article 9 para. 4 of the Law, as specifically analyzed in section 2.12 of the Information Memorandum.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is noted that the relevant tax on stock exchange transactions, which today equals to 0.20% on the value of the over the counter transaction for the transfer of the shares to the Offeror will be deducted from the payable Offer Consideration to any accepting shareholders.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Offeror shall undertake to pay the ATHEXCSD clearing fees, equaling 0.08% on the value of the shares transferred, which is calculated as the product of the number of shares to be transferred multiplied by the highest of the following prices: the Offer Price and the closing price of the share at the ATHEX on the day preceding the submission of the requisite documents of article 46 of the Dematerialized Securities System ("<strong>DSS</strong>") Regulation, with minimum charge amount equal to the lowest between &euro;20 and the 20% of the value of the shares transferred per each shareholder that will validly accept the Tender Offer (the "<strong>Accepting Shareholder</strong>"), pursuant to Article 7 of the codified decision 1/223/28.1.2014 of the Board of Directors of ATHEXCSD, as currently in force.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; PROCEDURE OF ACCEPTANCE OF THE TENDER OFFER</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Accepting Shareholders must complete and lodge a declaration of acceptance of the Tender Offer (the "<strong>Declaration of Acceptance</strong>") at any branch of the Receiving Bank in Greece. Accepting Shareholders may also authorise the Initial Operator of their Shares Account on the DSS (as defined in the DSS Operating Rules), to take all the necessary steps for the acceptance of Tender Offer on their behalf.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Copies of Declaration of Acceptance forms will be available at any business hour of any business day throughout the Acceptance Period from the branches of the Receiving Bank. The procedure for accepting the Tender Offer is set forth in detail in section 2.16 of the Information Memorandum.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; COMPLETION OF THE TENDER OFFER</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The results of the Tender Offer will be announced within <strong>two (2) business days from the end of the Acceptance Period</strong>, namely until 15 December 2015, in the Daily Price Index of the Athens Exchange, the webpage of ATHEX and the webpage of the Offeror in accordance with Article 23 of the Law.</p> <p>The transfer of the offered shares to the Offeror and payment of the Offer Consideration to the Accepting Shareholders will take place within three business days from the announcement of the results of the Tender Offer, namely until 18 December 2015.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NOTES</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If, following the completion of the Tender Offer, the Offeror and any persons acting in concert with the Offeror hold shares representing in aggregate at least 90% of the total voting rights of the Company, the Offeror will exercise its squeeze-out right i.e., it will require the transfer to it of all remaining shares of the Company, in accordance with Article 27 of the Law (the "<strong>Squeeze-out Right</strong>") and decision 1/644/22.04.2013 of the Board of Directors of the CMC.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Further to the completion of the process of exercising the Squeeze-out Right, the Offeror will convene a general meeting of the shareholders of the Company in order to resolve on the delisting of the shares of the Company from ATHEX and, thereafter, will proceed with submitting a request to the CMC in connection with such delisting.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In case the requirements of article 27 of the Law are not fulfilled and, therefore, the Offeror is not entitled to the exercise of the Squeeze-out Right, the Offeror will not pursue any action towards the delisting of the shares from ATHEX.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The present announcement is not intended to substitute the full content of the Information Memorandum, which should be consulted and carefully read by any interested parties prior to proceeding to any investment decision in connection with the Tender Offer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">11 November 2015</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>The Tender Offer is addressed only to those persons to whom it can lawfully be addressed and is made only in those countries in which it can lawfully be made. Submission of the Tender Offer to persons who are the nationals or residents of, or who are domiciled in, a country outside Greece, or to the representatives or the trustees or the custodians of shares of persons outside Greece, is considered to take place only if it complies with the laws of those countries.</em></p> <p><em>Any person who may receive a copy of this Information Memorandum and / or the Declaration of Acceptance in any country outside Greece must not consider that the invitation or offer is addressed to him and under no circumstances can he make use of the Declaration of Acceptance if in the corresponding country neither the above invitation nor the offer can lawfully be submitted to this individual, or if the Declaration of Acceptance cannot be used without breach of any relevant provisions of law. In these circumstances the Information Memorandum and / or the Declaration of Acceptance will be deemed as not sent.</em></p> <p><em>Each person outside Greece who wishes to accept the Tender Offer is responsible for obtaining information and for complying fully with the legal requirements in the relevant country in relation to the Tender Offer. Any person outside Greece who has any doubts concerning the system of law governing the matter must take professional advice.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>In particular, the Tender Offer must not be addressed in any way or in any form (document or otherwise), directly or indirectly, within or to a country under the laws of which the execution of the Tender Offer or the posting or distribution of this Information Memorandum is illegal or contravenes any applicable law, rule or regulation (the "<strong>Exempted Country</strong>") or to any person connected with an Exempted Country. For this reason the sending, distribution, posting or in any other way promotion of copies or duplicates of this Information Memorandum or of any document or other material relating to this Tender Offer by any person whatsoever to or from the Exempted Countries, is prohibited.</em></p> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:46:34 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#945352439&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2015-11-11T07:46:34Z George Michos appointed CEO of Heracles http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#708940031&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p>Athens, September 29<sup>th</sup>, 2015&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr. George Michos was today appointed CEO of Heracles, member of LafargeHolcim Group, assuming his duties as of October 1st 2015. He succeeds Mr. Pierre Deleplanque, who after seven years in Heracles, moves to become Area Manager Emerging Europe of LafargeHolcim Group, while remaining in the board of Heracles as a non executive member.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> Mr. George Michos had previously been Senior Vice President RMX Concrete for Lafarge since January 2013 and in parallel, since July 2014, leader of the Operating Model &amp; Organisation workstream for the LafargeHolcim merger. He joined Heracles General Cement Co, member of Lafarge group, in Greece in 2004 and held various executive positions before moving to India in early 2008 and becoming the COO of Lafarge India. In mid-2011 he became Senior Vice President Cement Strategy and M&amp;A for the Lafarge Group in Paris. He began his career in the construction industry in Greece in 1994 and from 1998 until 2003 he worked in Consulting Companies in London, Paris and Athens. Mr. George Michos is 45 years, married with one daughter and he is a graduate of the National Technical University of Athens in Electrical &amp; Computer Engineering (Dipl. Eng) and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Chairman Mr. &Tau;akis Athanasopoulos on behalf of the Board of Directors thanked Mr. Pierre Deleplanque for his outstanding contribution to the Company's performance, despite the challenges the Company faced because of the country's economic crisis and said: "The Board recognises the significant steps forward and the achievements of major strategic targets, such as the restructuring of the company, the promotion of Health &amp; Safety, Innovation and the instilling of corporate culture and governance".</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr. George Michos said: "With great pleasure I return to Greece to assume the role of Heracles CEO. My main objective is to build upon the foundation Pierre has established and lead the company to economic growth, focusing always on our customers and employees".</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:25:12 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#708940031&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2015-09-29T15:25:12Z Changes in the Board of Directors of HERACLES GENERAL CEMENT COMPANY http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#912734510&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p>The Heracles Board of Directors in its meeting of September 29th 2015 received and accepted the resignation of Mr. Jean-Charles Blatz and elected as a new member Mr. George Michos, according to articles 11 and 18 of the Company's Articles of Association and the relevant decision of the General Assembly of the Shareholders of 18.6.2015, for his remaining term in office, i.e. until the Ordinary General Assembly of 2018 which will assess the actions of the fiscal year 2017. The election of the new member will be ratified by the first convened General Assembly (Ordinary or Extraordinary).<br />The Board of Directors of the Company was constituted into body as following:Chairman of the Board Panagiotis (Takis) Athanasopoulos, Professor Emeritus of the University of Piraeus, non executive memberVice Chairman Jean-Claude Block, Group Senior Vice President Finance Operations, Lafarge SA, non-executive memberManaging Director Pierre Deleplanque, executive member&nbsp;Members George Michos, Senior Vice President Concrete Lafarge S.A., non executive member &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Neil Curtis, Deputy General Counsel Lafarge SA, non executive memberAndreas G. Andreopoulos, Professor in &Nu;ational Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering, independent, non executive member&nbsp;Aristotelis (Aris) Kallipolitis, Dr Chemist, Business Executive, independent,&nbsp;non executive member<br />&Tau;he term of duties of the abovementioned members of the Board of Directors, according to article 11 of the Articles of Association of the Company, expires on 18.6.2018, and may be automatically extended until the Ordinary General Assembly of the year 2018, which will decide regarding financial year 2017.&nbsp;<br />Following the above, the Heracles Board of Directors received and accepted the resignation of Mr. Pierre Deleplanque as Managing Director of the Company as of 1.10.2015 and elected as a new managing Director Mr. George Michos as of 1.10.2015.&nbsp;<br />Mr. George Michos, 45 years old, has 11 years of experience in LafargeHolcim. &Eta;e started his career in Lafarge in 2004 as Marketing General Manager in HERACLES GCCo. In 2008 he undertook the duties of Chief Operating Officer Lafarge Cement India. In 2011 held the position of Senior Vice President Cement Strategy and M&amp;A at LAFARGE Group headquartes &nbsp;in Paris and as of 1.1.2013 he held the position of Senior Vice President Concrete LAFARGE SA. &nbsp;<br />Mr. Pierre Deleplanque is appointed Area Manager Emerging Europe in LafargeHolcim Group, effective &Omicron;ctober 1, 2015.The Board of Directors thanked Mr. Pierre Deleplanque for his contribution to the Company as a Managing Director from October 1, 2008 to date, congratulated him for his new role at LafargeHolcim Group and appointed him as non executive member of the Board of Directors as of 1.10.2015.&nbsp;<br /><br />So, the composition of the Board of Directors of the Company as of 1.10.2015 will be the following:<br />Chairman of the Board Panagiotis (Takis) Athanasopoulos, Professor Emeritus of the University of &nbsp; Piraeus, non executive memberVice Chairman Jean-Claude Block, Group Senior Vice President Finance Operations, Lafarge SA, non-executive memberManaging Director George Michos, executive member&nbsp;Members Pierre Deleplanque, Area Manager Emerging Europe LafargeHolcim, non executive member&nbsp;Neil Curtis, Deputy General Counsel Lafarge SA, non executive memberAndreas G. Andreopoulos, Professor in &Nu;ational Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering, independent, non executive member&nbsp;Aristotelis (Aris) Kallipolitis, Dr Chemist, Business Executive, independent,&nbsp;&nbsp;non executive member<br />&Tau;he term of duties of the abovementioned members of the Board of Directors, according to article 11 of the Articles of Association of the Company, expires on 18.6.2018, and may be automatically extended until the Ordinary General Assembly of the year 2018, which will decide regarding financial year 2017</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231; background-color: #ffffff;">&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:23:30 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#912734510&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2015-09-29T15:23:30Z Heracles GCC Group announces 1st semester 2015 Results http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1956364795&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p>Group sales affected by reduction in domestic market and export volume</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Efforts to optimise costs continue&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">Heracles GCC Group of Companies (Group) announced today sales of 121.690</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">thousand Euros </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">in the first semester of 2015</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">, decreased by 1,4% compared to </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">123.470 </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">thousand Euros in </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">the same period of 2014</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">. Sales of the Company were at 107.005 thousand Euros, decreased by 3,1% compared to 110.447</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">thousand Euros in </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">the first semester of 2014</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">. </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">The Group's earnings before taxes, interest, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) was a profit of 13.150 thousand Euros in the first semester of 2015 compared to a loss of 4.189 thousand Euros in the first semester of 2014. The Company's EBITDA was a profit of 15.964 thousand Euros in the first semester of 2015 compared to a loss of 85 thousand Euros in the first semester of last year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">The Group presented in the first semester of 2015 net losses after taxes of 6.303 thousand Euros, compared to 17.542 thousand Euros losses after taxes in the same period 2014. In the first semester of 2015, the Company presented net losses after taxes of 178 thousand Euros compared to 10.515 thousand Euros losses after taxes in the first semester of 2014. </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">The</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">decrease</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">of</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">the</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">turnover</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">in</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">the</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">first semester of </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">201</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">5</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-GB">, compared to the corresponding period of </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">2014, is attributed to reduced volume of both export and domestic sales impacted by bad weather conditions for the first two months of 2015, elections and rising economic uncertainties. </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: ">&Tau;</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: " lang="EN-US">he extended economic crisis and political instability as well as the recent economic developments in the country, especially after the imposed capital controls, anticipate a very difficult environment both for public works and private construction industry. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US">The Group and the Company continues their efforts to reduce operating costs, as well as optimize the production and supply chain processes supporting the improvement of the gross and net profit despite lower sales.</span></p> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:18:46 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1956364795&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2015-08-31T09:18:46Z Announcement of changes in Senior Management http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#166325797&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p>HERACLES G.C.C. announces that as of 1.9.2015 Mr Khalid Samaka will be appointed Industrial General Manager of the Cement Product line, replacing Mr Raul Perez.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr Khalid Samaka will report to the Managing Director Mr Pierre Deleplanque.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:34:14 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#166325797&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2015-08-04T07:34:14Z Announcement regarding the mandatory tender offer of LAFARGE CEMENTOS SAU for the acquisition of shares of Heracles GCCo http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#360508184&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p style="text-align: center; mso-outline-level: 2;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 11.9pt 0.0001pt 0cm; text-indent: -14.2pt;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">1.<span style="font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">The Spanish soci&eacute;t&eacute; anonyme under the registered name "<strong>LAFARGE CEMENTOS SAU</strong>", having its registered office at </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Road C-17, Km 2,947 in Montcada I Reixac</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">, Barcelona, </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Spain</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">, </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">announces the submission of a mandatory tender offer (the "<strong>Tender Offer</strong>"), pursuant to Articles 7 and 10 of Law 3461/2006 (the "<strong>Law</strong>"), as amended, to all holders (the "<strong>Shareholders</strong>") of common, registered, dematerialized voting shares of a nominal value of &euro;1.70 each (the "<strong>Shares</strong>") of the Greek company under the name "HERACLES GENERAL CEMENT CO, registered with the General Electronic Commercial Registry (GEMI) of the Ministry of Development &amp; Competitiveness under registry no 224201000 and having its registered offices at </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">19.3km Markopoulou Avenue, 19002 Paiania &ndash; Attica</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US"> (the "<strong>Company</strong>"). The Company's paid-up share capital amounts as at the date hereof to &euro;120,840,601.90 divided into 71,082,707 common registered shares, which are listed on the Low Dispersion category of the Athens Exchange (the "<strong>ATHEX</strong>"). </span></p> <p style="margin-right: 11.9pt; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 11.9pt 0.0001pt 0cm; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">2.<span style="font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">On 10/07/2015, the company with registered name "LafargeHolcim Ltd." indirectly acquired 63,253,403 Shares of the Company, which correspond to 88.99% of the share capital and voting rights thereof, </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">through</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">acquisition</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">of</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">control</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">in</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">ultimate</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">, </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">as</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">of</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">that</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">date</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">, </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">parent</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">undertaking</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">of</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Company</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">, </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">namely</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">company</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">with</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">registered</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">name</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US"> "LAFARGE SA". </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">There</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">was</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">no</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">change</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">as</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">to</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">above</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Shares</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">or</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">voting</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">rights</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">pertaining</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">to</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">direct</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">shareholder</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">of</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Company</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">, </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">namely</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">Offeror, or the above Shares </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">and voting rights that are held indirectly from the remaining companies that are hereafter controlled by LafargeHolcim Ltd. It is clarified that the Offeror belongs to the LafargeHolcim group of companies and submits the present Tender Offer as a result of the respective obligation arisen on the ultimate parent undertaking, LafargeHolcim Ltd, which acts in concert with the Offeror.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoListParagraph"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 11.9pt 0.0001pt 0cm; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">3.<span style="font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">As a result to the above change in the ultimate indirect control of the Company, which triggers the obligation to submit a mandatory tender offer pursuant to Article 7 of the Law, the Offeror initiated the Tender Offer process on 30/07/2015 (the "<strong>Tender Offer Date</strong>"), informing the Hellenic Capital Market Commission (the "<strong>HCMC</strong>") and the Company's Board of Directors and submitting to the said bodies the draft Prospectus, pursuant to Article 10 of the Law.</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 11.9pt; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 11.9pt 0.0001pt 0cm; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">4.<span style="font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">As of </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">10/07/2015</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> and on the Tender Offer Date, the Offeror held 63,253,403 Shares in the Company, which represent circa 88.99% of the total paid-up share capital and voting rights of the Company.</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt; margin-left: 0cm; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">5.<span style="font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Through the Tender Offer, the Offeror undertakes to acquire the sum of the Company's Shares which it did not hold, directly or indirectly, on </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">10/07/2015</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">. Accordingly, the shares that are the subject of the Tender Offer stand at 7,829,304 Shares, equivalent to 11.01% of the paid-up share capital and voting rights of the Company (the "<strong>Shares of the Tender Offer</strong>").</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt; margin-left: 0cm; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">6.<span style="font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Pursuant to Article 9 of the Law, the Offeror offers &euro;</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">1.23</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> for each Share of the Tender Offer validly tendered (the "<strong>Offer Price</strong>"), which amounts to </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">the average weighted trading price of the shares of the Company during the last six (6) months prior to the date on which the Offeror was obliged to submit the Tender Offer, i.e. before 10/07/2015</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">. </span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">It is noted that </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">the relevant tax on stock exchange transactions, which today equals to 0.20% on the value of the over the counter transaction for the transfer of the Shares to the Offeror</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> will be deducted from the payable Offer P</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">rice.</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> The transaction value on which the 0.20% sales tax will be applied will be the higher between the Offer Price and the closing price at ATHEX as at the date before the date of application for the transfer of the </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">S</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">hares to the </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">Hellenic Central Securities Depository</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">(</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">"</span><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">ATHEXCSD</span></strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">")</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">.</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">It is also noted that the Offeror shall undertake to pay the </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">ATHEXCSD clearing fees, equaling 0.08% on the value of the shares transferred, which is calculated as the product of the number of shares to be transferred multiplied by the highest of the following prices: the Offer Price and the closing price of the share at the ATHEX on the day preceding the submission of the requisite documents of article 46 of the Dematerialized Securities System Regulation to the ATHEXCSD, with minimum charge amount equal to the lowest between &euro;20 and the 20% of the value of the shares transferred per each Shareholder that will validly accept the Tender Offer (the </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">"</span><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">Accepting Shareholder</span></strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">"</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">), pursuant to article 7 of the codified decision 1/223/28.1.2014 of the Board of Directors of ATHEXCSD, as currently in force. </span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Consequently, the Accepting Shareholders will collect the Tender Offer amount per share without the deduction of the above fees but reduced to the amount of the aforementioned tax.</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt; margin-left: -1cm; text-indent: 1cm;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">In</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">this</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Tender</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Offer</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">:</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt; margin-left: 0cm; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt; margin-left: 0cm; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (a) &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">As</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">arises</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">from</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">official</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">data</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">of</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">ATHEX</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">, </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">average</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">weighted</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">trading</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">price</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">of</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Company</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">'</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">s</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Shares</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">during</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">last</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">six</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US"> (6) </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">months</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">prior</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">to</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">date</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">on</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">which</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Offeror</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">was</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">obliged</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">to</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">submit</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">the</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Tender</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Offer</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">is</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US"> &euro;1.23. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It is noted that for the calculation of the above </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">average</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">weighted</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">trading</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US"> </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">price of the Shares of the Company, the data taken into consideration &nbsp; includes&nbsp; all available data until 26/06/2015, given that as from &nbsp;&nbsp; 29/06/2015 the ATHEX market remains closed.</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt; margin-left: 0cm; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt; margin-left: 35.45pt; text-indent: -35.45pt;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">(b) &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Neither the Offeror nor any person acting in concert with it or on behalf of the Offeror has acquired shares in the Company during the twelve (12) months prior to the date on which the Offeror was obliged to submit the Tender Offer.</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Accordingly, the Offer Price satisfies the requirements of Article 9 para. 4 of the Law.</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt; margin-left: 0cm; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">7.<span style="font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">BNP Paribas S.A.</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">, a credit institution legally established in France, certifies, pursuant to Article 9 para. 3 of the Law, that the Offeror has the necessary resources to pay in full the Offer Price for the Shares of the Tender Offer, including the charge for the respective clearing rights at ATHEXCSD. It should be noted that </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">BNP Paribas S.A.</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> does not provide any guarantee for execution of payment or fulfilment of other obligations undertaken by the Offeror under the Tender Offer.</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt; margin-left: 0cm; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">8.<span style="font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">The Offeror does not intend to acquire further Shares in the Company, via the ATHEX or otherwise, during the period from publication of the submission of the Tender Offer through to the expiry of the Acceptance Period of the Tender Offer (as defined in paragraph 10 hereinbelow).</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 12pt; margin-left: 0cm; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">9.<span style="font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">The Offer is mandatory and not subject to conditions.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 11.9pt 0.0001pt 0cm; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">10.<span style="font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp; </span></span></strong><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">Pursuant to Article 18(2) of the Law, the acceptance period during which the Accepting Shareholders can declare that they accept the Tender Offer (the "<strong>Acceptance Period</strong>") will commence and be announced immediately after publication of the prospectus as approved by the HCMC.</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 11.9pt; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 11.9pt 0.0001pt 0cm; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">11.<span style="font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp; </span></span></strong><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">BNP Paribas S.A. </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">is acting as advisor to the Offeror for the purposes of the Tender Offer, in accordance with Article 12 of the Law. </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">BNP Paribas S.A.</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> is incorporated in France, with registered offices at 16, </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">Boulevard des Italiens, 75009, Paris</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> and is registered with the </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">RCS Paris</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> under no. 662 042 449, regulated by the </span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">Autorit&eacute; de Contr&ocirc;le Prudentiel</span><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB"> and is entitled to provide in Greece the investment services referred to in Article 4 para. 1(f) and (g) of Law 3606/2007.</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 11.9pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-right: 11.9pt;" class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">IMPORTANT NOTE </span></strong></p> <p style="margin-right: 11.9pt;" class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin-right: 11.3pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-GB">This announcement, the prospectus or any other document or announcement related to this Tender Offer is addressed solely to persons legally qualified to accept it. No offer of shares will be accepted by or for the account of Shareholders in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or distribution may be illegal. The distribution of this announcement, the prospectus or any other document or announcement related to this Tender Offer may, in certain countries, be restricted by the law or regulations. Accordingly, persons who come into possession of this document, the prospectus or any other document or announcement related to this Tender Offer must be aware of and observe these restrictions and shall not distribute or forward such documents, announcements and/or communications to any third parties. Insofar as allowed by applicable legislation, the Offeror and BNP Paribas S.A. waive any liability for any violation by any persons of the aforesaid restrictions and prohibitions. ​</span></p> <p style="text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center; text-indent: -17.85pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">On behalf of </span><strong><span style="font-family: " lang="EN-US">LAFARGE CEMENTOS SAU</span></strong></p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:19:42 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#360508184&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2015-07-31T07:19:42Z A new leader for a new world: LafargeHolcim officially launched around the globe http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#942281223&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <ul class="unIndentedList"> <li>&nbsp;Five key focus areas grouped around synergies, capital allocation, commercial transformation, integration and health and safety </li> <li> Operating model defined with clear responsibilities of Countries, Regions, and Group functions </li> </ul> <p>LafargeHolcim today officially launches the new Group around the world and announces key elements of its ambitions for the future. Following the successful completion of the merger between Lafarge and Holcim and the listing of the new LafargeHolcim shares in Zurich and Paris, the new Group will now work towards creating the highest performing company in the building materials industry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>LafargeHolcim CEO Eric Olsen says: "Now as LafargeHolcim, we will step into the next phase of our transformation to become the leader in every respect - a company that has a positive impact on the world and can make a real difference for its customers, its employees, its shareholders and society."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1><br /> LafargeHolcim's new ambition supported by five key focus areas</h1> <p>The company is initiating a strategic transformation by building on the best of both Lafarge and Holcim. The Group will now focus on five areas in the first integration phase:</p> <ul class="unIndentedList"> <li> Synergies: delivering on EUR 1.4 billion synergy target within three years</li> <li> Capital allocation: rigorous approach to capital allocation and overall reduction of capital spending </li> <li> Commercial transformation: creating differentiation through innovative products and solutions </li> <li> Integration: creating one new group and culture </li> <li> Health and Safety: putting Health and Safety at the center of the organization. <br /> <br /> </li> </ul> <p>LafargeHolcim will be organized along a new operating model oriented to serve the local customers, while leveraging the Group's size, footprint, and capabilities at global scale. It combines empowered countries, regional management platforms and expertise-driven group functions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><br /> Results for first half year of Holcim and Lafarge to be presented at the end of July </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>LafargeHolcim will present the financial results of Lafarge and Holcim as standalone companies for the first half of this year on July 29, 2015. The first combined interim results of the new Group will be presented for the 9 months results of 2015.</p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:12:18 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#942281223&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2015-07-21T13:12:18Z ANNOUNCEMENT OF REGULATORY INFORMATION OF LAW 3556/2007: Notification for change of percentage of shares in voting rights level http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1775719193&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p>Pursuant to the provisions of Law 3556/2007 and following receipt of the relevant notification dated 15 July 2015, the company "HERACLES GENERAL CEMENT CO" (hereinafter the "<strong>Issuer</strong>") announces to investors that the company "LafargeHolcim Ltd" indirectly acquired on 10 July 2015 voting rights corresponding to 63,253,403 shares in the share capital and to 88.99% of total voting rights in the Issuer, through the acquisition of control in the ultimate, as of that date, parent undertaking of the Issuer, namely the company "LAFARGE SA".</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There is no change as to the voting rights pertaining to the direct shareholder of the Issuer, namely the company "LAFARGE CEMENTOS SAU", or the voting rights that are held indirectly from the remaining companies that are hereafter controlled by the company "LafargeHolcim Ltd". In particular, "LAFARGE CEMENTOS SAU" continues to hold directly 63,253,403 shares in the share capital of the Issuer, which correspond to 88.99% of total voting rights in the Issuer.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:40:22 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1775719193&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2015-07-17T12:40:22Z Heracles General Cement Company: New Board of Directors http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1995377904&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p>The new Board of Directors &omicron;f HERACLES General Cement Company which was elected by the 108<sup>th</sup> Ordinary General Meeting of the Shareholders of the Company held on 18.6.2015, was constituted in a body as follows:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Chairman of the Board &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Panagiotis (Takis) Athanasopoulos, Professor Emeritus of the University of Piraeus, non executive member</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Vice Chairman &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jean-Claude Block, Group Senior Vice President Finance Operations, Lafarge SA, non-executive member</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Managing Director &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Pierre Deleplanque, executive member</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Members &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Jean-Charles Blatz, non executive member</p> <p>Neil Curtis, Deputy General Counsel Lafarge SA, non executive member</p> <p>Andreas G. Andreopoulos, Professor in &Nu;ational Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering, independent, non executive member</p> <p>Aristotelis (Aris) Kallipolitis, Dr Chemist, Business Executive, independent, non executive member</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&Tau;he term of duties of the abovementioned members of the Board of Directors, according to article 11 of the Articles of Association of the Company, is three years and terminates on 18.6.2018 which may be automatically extended until the Ordinary General Assembly of the year 2018, that will decide regarding financial year 2017.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:25:18 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#1995377904&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2015-06-18T08:25:18Z Resolutions of the Οrdinary Shareholders General Meeting of Heracles GCCo http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#2138349182&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p>During the 108<sup>th</sup> Ordinary General Meeting of the Company's Shareholders, in which 23 shareholders were present or represented by proxy, representing 64,271,563 shares, i.e. 90.41 % of the paid up share capital, the General Meeting took the following decisions:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>1. Approved the election of Messrs. Panagiotis (Takis) Athanasopoulos and Mr. Agissilaos Karabelas, in replacement of the resigned Messrs. Manolis Kyprianides and Panos Kyriakopoulos, for the remaining of their term in office, i.e. until the Ordinary General Assembly of 2015 which judged the deeds of the fiscal year 2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>2. Approved the financial statements of the financial year 2014 with the Annual Reports of the Board of Directors and the Auditors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>3. Discharged the Board Members and Auditors from any liability for damages whatsoever for the financial year 2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>4. Elected the Auditing Company Deloitte &laquo;Deloitte. Hatzipavlou Sofianos &amp; Kambanis S.A.&raquo; (SOEL NO E 120) for the financial year 2015 and defined the maximum amount of their fees.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>5. &nbsp;Elected a new Board of Directors consisting of seven members, as follows:</p> <p>1. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Panagiotis (Takis) Athanasopoulos</p> <p>2. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pierre Deleplanque</p> <p>3. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jean-Claude Block</p> <p>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jean -Charles Blatz</p> <p>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Neil Curtis</p> <p>6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Andreas G. Andreopoulos</p> <p>7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Aristotelis (Aris) Kallipolitis</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&Tau;he term of duties of the abovementioned members of the Board of Directors, according to article 11 of the Articles of Association of the Company is three years and expires on 18.6.2018 and may be automatically extended until the Ordinary General Assembly of the year 2018, which will decide regarding financial year 2017.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Messrs Andreas G. Andreopoulos and Aristotelis (Aris) Kallipolitis were defined as independent members, since they fulfil conditions of articles 3 and 4 of Law 3016/2002, as amended by Law 3091/2002.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Messrs Jean-Claude Block (non executive member), Andreas G. Andreopoulos (independent non executive member), and Aristotelis (Aris) Kallipolitis (independent non executive member), were defined as members of the Audit Committee, according to article 37 of Law 3693/2008</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>6. Approved the remuneration and compensations of the Members of the Board of Directors for the financial year 2014 and pre-approved their remuneration until the Ordinary Shareholders' Meeting of 2016 which will decide regarding financial year 2015. The General Meeting of the Company's Shareholders granted also permission for the conclusion of agreements with Members of the Company's Board of Directors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>7. Granted to the Members of the Board of Directors, the General Managers and the Managers of the Company permission to participate in the Board of Directors' Meetings or in the Management of the Group's Companies, which pursue the same or similar goals.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>8. &nbsp;It was announced that the Company has not executed till today the own-shares purchase program, through Athens Stock Exchange, which has been decided during the Shareholders Ordinary General Assembly of 22.6.2012, pursuant to article 16 of Law 2190/1920, being in force as amended by Law 3604/2007, which expired on 24.6.2014.</p> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:22:43 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#2138349182&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2015-06-18T08:22:43Z Program for Healthy Nutrition by LAVA in Milos schools http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#394877517&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 <p>An informative educational program entitled&nbsp;<strong>"Eat healthy, feel great"</strong>&nbsp;is organized by LAVA in cooperation with theGreek&nbsp;Nutritional Company under the facilitation of<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Dimitris Grigorakis,&nbsp;&Mu;sc Clinical Dietitian. The program was initially held for the students and the teachers of secondary schools of Milos aimed at informing children about the correct and balanced diet as a prerequisite for health and proper mental and physical development. Furthermore the event included&nbsp;<strong>an interactive game about healthy diet, filling in an anonymous questionnaire, statistical study report and planting vegetables in oikiaLAVA bags</strong>. A special booklet is prepared for the program with basic tips for healthy eating and living in cooperation with the Greek Nutritional Company. The event was held at Milos High School Conference Center 29 &amp; 30 April with the participation of about 300 students from the High School and Lyceums of the island.&nbsp;</p> <p>The program will be repeated for the schools of Nissiros in September.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 12:10:38 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?#394877517&amp;amp;xts=434639&amp;xtor=RSS-3 2015-05-21T12:10:38Z