US: CalPortland and Martin Marietta Materials have cancelled a deal under which CalPortland was set to acquire the Tehachapi cement plant and other assets worth US$350m in Southern California. The US government’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) described the cancelled deal as ‘presumptively illegal.’
FTC Bureau of Competition director Holly Vedova said “Following an in-depth investigation by FTC staff of the Mergers Division and Bureau of Economics, along with the California Attorney General’s Office, CalPortland and Martin Marietta have announced that they have abandoned their planned transaction. The transaction would have reduced the number of cement suppliers in Southern California from five to four, further concentrating an already concentrated market.” Vedova concluded “The abandonment is a victory for consumers and preserves competition for a key component of Southern California’s construction and infrastructure industries.”
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