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Lafarge Agrees to Sell North American Gypsum Division

Private equity firm Lone Star Funds will pay $700 million for the manufacturer of gypsum wallboards and joint compounds.

Global building materials company Lafarge, Paris, France, has agreed to sell its North American Gypsum division to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds, a private equity firm based in Austin, TX. The transaction is valued at $700 million.

Lafarge North America's gypsum division manufactures gypsum wallboards and joint compounds throughout a network of plants in the United States and Canada. In 2012, these operations generated sales of $310 million.

The sale is part of Lafarge's strategy to focus on the core businesses of cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete.  

Lafarge posted sales of €15.8 billion (US$20.7 billion) in 2012.

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