SigmaRoc’s acquisition of CDH Développement SA, Europe’s largest bluestone and limestone quarry, offers the company a chance to build a “national Belgian business”, according to analysts at its house broker Liberum.
In a note increasing the construction materials group’s target price to 65p from 63p, analysts said the €81.3mln purchase will boost earnings per share (EPS) by 20% as well as opportunities to lift earnings (EBITDA) by over 30%.
SigmaRoc plans to raise £32.8mln through a placing of new shares at 41p, which will be used to pay the first instalment of the transaction and the remainder “for future investment opportunities and general working capital”.
The second and third instalments, set at €2mln and €14mln, will be settled within two years after the initial payment.
With these forecasts in mind, Liberum said the firm’s shares “look cheap” at their current levels, which in mid-morning trading on Tuesday was 45.4p, a 30% discount to their new target price.