November 16, 2018
The Valence Group acted as financial advisor to INEOS Enterprises on its announced acquisition of the Composites business and BDO facility in Germany of Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (“Ashland”) for $1.1 billion. The transaction is expected to complete in the first half of 2019, subject to regulatory approval and consultation processes.
The Composites business is a global leader in unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins and gel coats. In addition to its wide range of gelcoats, the business also provides corrosion-resistant fiberglass reinforced plastics which provide exceptional durability, superior heat resistance, low maintenance and high performance for challenging environments. The BDO facility in Marl, Germany produces key intermediates for high performance polyesters and polyurethanes. The businesses included in the transaction comprise 20 manufacturing sites in Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Middle East, employ 1,300 people and generate combined sales of more than $1.1 billion per annum.
About INEOS Enterprises
INEOS Enterprises comprises a portfolio of businesses manufacturing chemical products in Northern Europe USA and Canada, with sales of €2bn around the world. The business is focused on the developing needs of its customers and rapid growth through investment in new products and manufacturing facilities or by acquisition. It employs c. 2,000 people across sites in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and the USA.
Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a global specialty chemicals company serving customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, nutraceuticals, personal care and pharmaceutical. Ashland employs approximately 6,000 people in more than 100 countries.
About The Valence Group
The Valence Group is a specialist investment bank offering M&A advisory services exclusively to companies and investors in the chemicals, materials and related sectors. The Valence Group team includes a unique combination of professionals with backgrounds in investment banking and strategy consulting within the chemicals and materials industries, all focused exclusively on providing M&A advisory services to the chemicals and materials sector. The firm’s offices are located in New York and London.