Written by Global Gypsum staff
16 April 2020
Australia: Boral has updated the market on its transaction with Knauf in relation to its USG Boral joint venture. On 19 March 2020, Boral announced that its view was that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) was unlikely to approve the call option in relation to the Australian and New Zealand business. In further discussions between Boral and Knauf, it has now become clear that obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals required to allow the transaction to be implemented as signed in August 2019 is not achievable by the 30 June 2020 deadline. Other conditions to the transaction also remain outstanding.
As a result, Boral and Knauf will consider a range of potential options, with Boral’s objective being to target a cash neutral transaction rather than a transaction with a significant funding requirement for Boral. Discussions are at a preliminary stage and any revised transaction remains subject to agreement between Boral and Knauf, and ultimately will also require the approval of regulators including the ACCC and New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC). Given this, the company’s pre-existing US$400m acquisition bridge facility, put in place for the purpose of completing the transaction with Knauf, was allowed to lapse.