In accordance with Article 20 of the Federal Act on Stock Exchanges and Securities Trading (Stock Exchange Act), Holcim Ltd was informed on September 19, 2008, by Eurocement Holding AG, Bahnhofstrasse 78, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland, that it holds through the purchase of shares 6.52 percent of the voting rights and of the registered share capital of Holcim Ltd. This corresponds to 17,187,000 registered shares and voting rights. According to the declaration of Eurocement Holding AG, the thresholds under the Stock Exchange Act of 3 and 5 percent had been exceeded on September 15, 2008, and September 16, 2008, respectively.
Thierry Sauvaire, CEO Eurocement Holding AG, Bahnhofstrasse 78, 8001 Zurich, phone was named as contact person.
* * * * * * *
Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel and sand) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Group holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents.
* * * * * * *
Further information in the event of indirect acquisition:
- Eurocement Holding AG (direct buyer) has named as indirect buyer (beneficial owner): Mr Galchev - Kaltsidis, Filaret, c/o JSC Eurocement Group, M Golovin Lane, Building 1, Moskau 107045, Russia.
- According to the declaration of Eurocement Holding AG, the direct buyer is being held entirely by the Cypriot holding company GFI Ltd, which itself is being held entirely by the beneficial owner.