|Bid||2,672.00 x 0|
|Ask||2,674.00 x 0|
|Day's range||2,609.10 - 2,692.00|
|52-week range||1,961.00 - 2,768.00|
|Beta (3Y monthly)||1.13|
|PE ratio (TTM)||6.46|
|Earnings date||22 Aug 2019|
|Forward dividend & yield||0.63 (2.37%)|
|1y target est||27.82|
European funds managing $2 trillion in assets called on cement companies to slash their greenhouse gas emissions on Monday, warning that a failure to do so could put their business models at risk. With the extreme weather and natural disasters associated with climate change intensifying around the world, some asset managers are ramping up engagement with heavy polluters to demand a faster transition to a cleaner economy. “The cement sector needs to dramatically reduce the contribution it makes to climate change," said Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, which has more than 170 members, mainly European pension funds and asset managers.
Irish building materials supplier CRH is selling its underperforming European distribution unit to Blackstone-backed private equity funds for 1.64 billion euros ($1.85 billion), including net debt. With the sale, the Dublin-based company, which provides cement, asphalt and other building materials, would completely exit the distribution business as it tries to improve core profit margins.
Irish cement maker CRH needs to press ahead with extensive structural improvements, activist shareholder Cevian told Reuters, adding that the company could double in value in the next three to five years if it does so. CRH has been on a $10 billion acquisition spree over the past four years, accumulating a complicated structure, but has now begun shedding some assets and put its $2.3 billion European distribution arm up for strategic review. U.S.-based peers Eagle Materials and Summit Materials have both attracted activist attention this year, and Cevian, Europe's biggest activist shareholder, disclosed its almost 3% stake in CRH in February.
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