Rinker Announces Acquisition of Hard Rock Quarries and Sand Mines in North Queensland

Rinker Group Limited
2007-03-20 18:42 1073

SYDNEY, Australia, March 20 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rinker Group Limited (Rinker) (ASX: RIN; NYSE: RIN) today announced the acquisition of three hard rock quarries and two sand mines in the fast-growing region of Mackay, in north Queensland. The acquisition was made by Rinker's Australian subsidiary, trading as Readymix.

It is a small bolt-on to the existing Readymix operations in the area, which comprise concrete plants in Mackay, Nebo and Sarina.

The vendors are John and Pat Croyden, trading as JT & PA Croyden Pty Ltd ("Croyden"). Croyden has been a major supplier of aggregates and sand to Readymix for several years. Not all of the operations are currently producing material.

The Mackay region is one of the fastest-growing areas in Queensland, and is experiencing strong economic growth, driven by demand for coal and other exports. Mackay is expected to benefit from significant growth in residential and infrastructure development over the next 20 years.

Readymix chief executive Peter James said the Croyden acquisition enables Readymix to integrate backwards into aggregates and sand following the purchase of Edwards Concrete in 2003, which included the Sarina and Nebo concrete plants.

"Croyden creates an integrated quarries and concrete business in the region, and will enable us to supply our customers more effectively," he said. "The quarries will serve the local market with concrete aggregates and road base."

The acquisition is expected to earn above its cost of capital within the first year.

Rinker has invested around US$2 billion in more than 50 acquisitions since 1998, together with around US$1 billion in the development of new quarries and operating plants and expansion of the base business. One of the world's top 10 construction materials groups, Rinker has operations in aggregates, cement, concrete, asphalt and concrete pipe and products. Annual revenue is over US$5.1 billion. Rinker has over 13,000 employees in 774 sites across the US, Australia and China. Around 80 per cent of group revenue comes from the US.

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Source: Rinker Group Limited
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