Boral Limited (ASX:BLD) and USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) today announced that they have entered into agreements to form a strategic joint venture to create a world-leading building business, USG Boral Building Products. The 50/50 joint venture will leverage the two companies’ iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints and technological expertise to deliver a unique portfolio of building products across Asia, Australasia and the Middle East.
Boral will contribute its Gypsum division to the joint venture, which includes its plasterboard operations in Australia and Asia. USG, the largest North American manufacturer of plasterboard, will contribute its Asian and Middle Eastern businesses, as well as exclusive access to its world-leading ceilings, cement board, fibre board, lightweight plasterboard and joint compound building products technologies in the joint venture’s territory.
Bringing together the game-changing technologies and expertise of USG with Boral’s leading manufacturing and distribution network in the region creates a vehicle that will deliver a superior offering to one of the fastest growing plasterboard regions in the world. This combination is expected to position the business with a significant competitive advantage and market leadership position for the long-term.
“The transaction is a major step forward for Boral and our vision is to create a world-leading interior linings business in Asia, Australasia and the Middle East,” said Boral’s CEO & Managing Director, Mike Kane. “The joint venture strategically aligns with Boral’s goal to grow earnings from Asia over the longer-term by effectively leveraging our extensive distribution position with complementary building products and markets. In addition to equipping the Gypsum division for long-term accelerated growth in Asia, the joint venture with USG creates a strong competitive advantage for the Australian plasterboard business through the application of game-changing technologies, significantly strengthens Boral’s financial position and provides greater strategic flexibility to the Boral group. This joint venture will be value accretive for our shareholders.”