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CSR sells Viridian Glass for initial $155m

CSR sells Viridian Glass for initial $155m

CSR has announced the $155 million sale of its troubled Viridian Glass business, making good on claims a deal would be done by the end of the year.

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By AAP 28.11.2018 09:08 AM

CSR has confirmed the sale of its troubled Viridian Glass business for $155 million, although the total price tag looks set to rise.

The construction material supplier says the sale of Viridian and a site at Dendenong to Crescent Capital Partners is expected to be completed by February 2019.

Crescent will pay $155 million in cash and lease Viridian's Ingleburn property in NSW.

CSR plans to sell that property after the Crescent deal is completed, bringing in another $60 million.

"This transaction will enable Viridian to align its footprint and cost structure to operate more effectively as a standalone business," CSR managing director Rob Sindel said in a statement.

CSR had flagged Viridian for a potential sale earlier this year and this month reported a 77 per cent fall in half-year profit on the back of nearly $76 million in impairments to the glass business.

Following sale of all Viridian assets, CSR expects a pre-tax full-year loss of between $20 million and $30 million for the 12 months to March 31.

CSR shares were valued at $2.96 before the start of trade on Wednesday, down 48 per cent from May's 10-year high of $5.74.

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