H.I.G. Europe to Acquire Polyurethane Systems Business from Covestro

H.I.G. Europe

HAMBURG – June 17, 2019 – H.I.G. Capital, LLC (“H.I.G.”), a leading global private equity investment firm with over €26 billion of equity capital under management, is pleased to announce that an affiliate has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the European Polyurethane Systems Business (the “Company”) in a carve-out transaction from Covestro AG. The transaction is subject to clearing by the relevant antitrust authorities with closing anticipated for the second half of 2019.

The European Polyurethane Systems Business operates four systems houses in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain. It employs approximately 250 full-time employees and generates annual sales of approximately €230 million. Systems houses develop and formulate tailor-made ready-to-use chemical blends for the production of a wide range of polyurethane products such as insulation materials, foams, shoe soles, and building materials. The Company serves a wide range of small- and mid-sized customers across Europe and will be led by Dr. Jörg Schottek, an experienced executive in the chemical industry.

“Tailor-made polyurethane solutions are used in a wide range of applications across a large number of industries. Systems houses offer vital value-add to customers by providing product development, technical support and supply chain services. Polyurethanes are highly versatile materials and new applications are constantly being developed, which provides further demand for the services the Company offers,” said Dr. Johannes Natterer, Managing Director at H.I.G.

“Following the carve-out from Covestro, the Company will be a leading independent polyurethane systems business in Europe and we aim to further expand its pan-European footprint organically and through add-on acquisitions,” Dr. Holger Kleingarn, Managing Director at H.I.G., commented. “The business will continue to have strong ties with Covestro as a key supplier of raw materials. We are pleased that with Dr. Jörg Schottek, we have attracted a highly experienced CEO in the chemical industry to run the business.”

Dr. Jörg Schottek added: “The polyurethane systems business of Covestro is known for providing innovative solutions and market-leading services to clients across Europe. As an independent company, we will build on this position and will continue to strive for product excellence, flexibility and impeccable customer service. I look forward to working together with the Company’s experienced and successful management team.”

About H.I.G. Capital
H.I.G. is a leading global private equity and alternative assets investment firm with over €26 billion of equity capital under management.* Based in Miami, and with offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta in the U.S., as well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, H.I.G. specializes in providing both debt and equity capital to small and mid-sized companies, utilizing a flexible and operationally focused / value-added approach:

  1. H.I.G.’s equity funds invest in management buyouts, recapitalizations and corporate carve-outs of both profitable as well as underperforming manufacturing and service businesses.
  2. H.I.G.’s debt funds invest in senior, unitranche and junior debt financing to companies across the size spectrum, both on a primary (direct origination) basis, as well as in the secondary markets. H.I.G. is also a leading CLO manager, through its WhiteHorse family of vehicles, and manages a publicly traded BDC, WhiteHorse Finance.
  3. H.I.G.’s real estate funds invest in value-added properties, which can benefit from improved asset management practices.

Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than 300 companies worldwide. The firm’s current portfolio includes more than 100 companies with combined sales in excess of €28 billion. For more information, please refer to the H.I.G. website at www.higcapital.com.

* Based on total capital commitments managed by H.I.G. Capital and affiliates.

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Golden Gate Capital to sell Arrmaz to Arkema Group

Golden Gate Capital

SAN FRANCISCO – May 16, 2019 – Golden Gate Capital, a leading private equity investment firm, today announced that ArrMaz, a global leader in specialty chemicals, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Arkema Group (“Arkema”) (PA:AKE) for approximately $570 million. Arkema is a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals and advanced materials used across a range of industries. ArrMaz’s management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Dave Keselica, will continue to lead ArrMaz after the transaction is completed.

ArrMaz is a trusted partner to the mining, crop nutrients, asphalt paving, and other growing industries worldwide, providing chemical process aids and additives formulated to improve their customers’ products and processes. For more than 50 years, ArrMaz has delivered customized chemical solutions, engineered application systems, expert technical and customer support, and superior responsiveness.

Dave Keselica said, “We are excited to join forces with Arkema after a successful long-term partnership with Golden Gate Capital. Under their ownership, we expanded and improved the technical performance of our core product suite, entered attractive new markets such as lithium flotation and proppant dust control, and expanded our research and development capabilities and facilities worldwide. We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with the highest quality chemical solutions and unrivaled end-to-end support as we enter this next chapter of our growth.”

Dave Thomas, Managing Director at Golden Gate Capital, said, “We thank Dave Keselica and the entire ArrMaz team for a fantastic partnership over the past six years. During that time, ArrMaz significantly expanded its global footprint, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, through acquisitions and new plant openings, while accelerating innovation across their markets. We are confident that Arkema will be a great partner for ArrMaz’s future growth.”

The transaction is expected to close in the summer of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions.

Lazard Middle Market and Moelis & Company acted as financial advisors to ArrMaz, and Nob Hill Law Group and Kirkland & Ellis served as legal advisors to Golden Gate Capital and ArrMaz. The Valence Group served as financial advisor to Arkema.

About ArrMaz

ArrMaz is a global leader in the production of specialty chemicals for the mining, crop nutrients, asphalt paving, and other growing industries worldwide. Since 1967, ArrMaz has formulated chemical process aids and additives to optimize our customers’ process performance and product quality. With headquarters in Mulberry, Florida and multiple locations across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, ArrMaz serves customers globally. For more information about our company and products, visit us online at ArrMaz.com.

About Golden Gate Capital

Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with over $15 billion of capital under management. The principals of Golden Gate Capital have a long and successful history of investing across a wide range of industries and transaction types, including going-privates, corporate divestitures, and recapitalizations, as well as debt and public equity investments. Notable investments sponsored by Golden Gate Capital include Active Minerals, U.S. Silica, EP Minerals, ANGUS, Cole-Parmer and Vantage Elevator Solutions. For more information, visit www.goldengatecap.com.

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AkzoNobel closes sale of Specialty Chemicals to The Carlyle Group and GIC

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Amsterdam, Netherlands – Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZA; AKZOY) has today completed the sale of the Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and GIC for an enterprise value of €10.1 billion.

Thierry Vanlancker, CEO of AkzoNobel, commented: “Today is a key milestone in the history of AkzoNobel, creating a focused paints and coatings company, with market leading positions, strong global brands, and a clear strategy to create value for all our stakeholders.

“This is also an important step for the Specialty Chemicals business and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our colleagues and wish them a successful future with Carlyle and GIC.”

Charles Shaver, CEO of Specialty Chemicals, said: “I am delighted to assume my new role at Specialty Chemicals and look forward to working with the management team, Carlyle and GIC to deliver long term success. Specialty Chemicals has a strong global presence and a talented and dedicated team and I believe there is significant opportunity to drive additional growth through innovation and customer focus to build on the company’s leading positions in its markets.”

Martin Sumner and Zeina Bain, Managing Directors at The Carlyle Groupadded“We are excited to invest in Specialty Chemicals and we are committed to growing the business and continuing to enhance its competitive position. Specialty Chemicals has a great heritage, a high quality asset base and workforce, an excellent track record of innovation as well as a diversified customer and product portfolio. We look forward to working with Charlie and the management team to support Specialty Chemicals as it embarks on a new phase as an independent company.”

As agreed at the Extraordinary General Meeting of November 30, 2017, AkzoNobel will return the vast majority of net proceeds from the sale of Specialty Chemicals to its shareholders. Further details will be announced in due course.

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About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We’re experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we operate in over 80 countries and employ around 35,000 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high performance products and services our customers expect.

About AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals

Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our 9,500 employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.

About The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $210 billion of assets under management across 335 investment vehicles as of June 30, 2018. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,625 people in 31 offices across six continents.

About GIC

GIC is a leading global investment firm established in 1981 to manage Singapore’s foreign reserves. It has investments in over 40 countries. As a disciplined long-term value investor, GIC is uniquely positioned for investments across a wide range of asset classes, including equities, fixed income, private equity, real estate, and infrastructure. In private equity, GIC invests through funds as well as directly in companies, partnering with its fund managers and management teams to help world class businesses achieve their objectives. GIC adds value to boards and management of investee companies by providing advice and access to its global network. Headquartered in Singapore, GIC employs over 1,400 people across 10 offices in key financial cities worldwide. For more information about GIC, please visit www.gic.com.sg

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Artemis Capital Partners announces acquisition of StanChem Polymers

Artemis Capital Partners

New Era of Innovation & Investment at Leading Manufacturer of Emulsion Polymers, Adhesives, & Coatings

Boston, MA (August 17, 2017) – Artemis Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on leading industrial technology companies, announced today that is has led the acquisition of StanChem Polymers, a specialty chemicals manufacturer based in East Berlin, Connecticut.

Founded in 1968, StanChem specializes in the research, development, manufacture, and marketing of emulsion polymers, adhesives, and specialty coatings for a variety of applications including paints, paper and packaging, building products, textiles, and non-wovens. In addition to its specialty polymers business, StanChem produces and markets the well-known Albi line of flame retardant products. Consistent with Artemis’ investment strategy, StanChem possesses a compelling combination of differentiated process and product solutions, a blue-chip customer base, and significant growth potential. According to StanChem’s management team, that growth will be fueled by a new era of innovation and investment.

“Using the ‘Voice of our Customer’ as our guide, we are excited to systematically expand our R&D capabilities to deliver new emulsion polymers and Albi coatings to our new and existing customers, applications, and markets,” stated Paul Stenson, PhD, StanChem’s Vice President of Technology, Sales, & Marketing.

Stephen McGuff, StanChem’s Vice President of Operations, concurred: “StanChem’s existing process technology is both formidable and flexible and we plan to further invest in our people, technology, and equipment to realize StanChem’s full potential as a world-class manufacturer in the specialty polymers industry. After we have implemented our investment plans, we will have significantly increased the Company’s capacity and capabilities.”

In addition to Dr. Stenson and Mr. McGuff, Michael Foley, PhD., Peter Hunter, and James Ward will join StanChem’s Board of Directors on behalf of Artemis, with Dr. Foley serving as the Company’s new Chairman.

 

StanChem Polymers

Leveraging more than forty years of industry heritage and applications expertise, StanChem, Inc. develops and manufactures emulsion polymers, specialty adhesives, and intumescent coatings for a wide variety of markets. With state-of-the-art laboratories and over 125,000 square feet of flexible production space, StanChem offers its OEM and end-user clients with end-to-end solutions including custom formula development, applications testing, quality control, and production-scale manufacturing. For more information on StanChem, please visit: www.stanchem-inc.com.

 

Artemis Capital Partners

Founded in 2010, Artemis Capital Partners is a Boston-based private equity firm focused on acquiring and growing manufacturers of differentiated industrial technologies, including specialty chemicals and materials. Artemis seeks to partner with companies that have strong established management teams, outstanding engineering capabilities, unique products, and expanding niche markets. For more information on Artemis, please visit: www.artemislp.com.

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Proposed Acquisition of LCY Chemical Corp. by KKR Consortium

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Shareholders to Receive TWD 56 Per Share in Cash, a 17.28% Premium to July 20 Closing Price

Existing Management Team Will Continue to Lead Company with Support from KKR

Partnership Provides Greater Access to Capital and Operational Resources to Undertake Growth Opportunities in Taiwan and Around the World

TAIPEI, Taiwan–(BUSINESS WIRE)– LCY Chemical Corp. (“LCY” or the “Company”) (TPE: 1704) and global investment firm KKR today announced the signing of a share exchange agreement for a consortium led by KKR to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of LCY for TWD 56 per share in cash, adjusted to include a TWD 2.90 per share dividend (rounded to the nearest TWD 0.01) (ex-dividend offer price is TWD 53.10 per share). The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of LCY upon the recommendation of its Audit Committee comprising independent directors, represents a total market capitalization of approximately TWD 47.8 billion (USD 1.56 billion).

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The offer price represents a premium of 17.28% to LCY’s closing price on 20 July 2018, the last trading day prior to the transaction announcement. It also represents a premium of 19.2%, 23.0% and 24.3% over the 30-day, 90-day and 180-day average closing prices, respectively.1

Mr. TH Hong, Chairman of LCY, said, “The proposed transaction delivers meaningful and immediate value to our shareholders, while also providing greater access to capital, operational resources and the time horizon needed to execute a strategy to drive long-term, sustainable value creation. KKR is the ideal partner to help us build on our 50-year track record of producing high-quality chemical products for customers worldwide and take LCY to its next level of growth given KKR’s focus on responsible business and operational excellence. KKR’s decision to partner with us is a testament to the innovative and talented team we have built in Taiwan – and around the world – and we look forward to working with them to build an even stronger company.”

Mr. Paul Yang, Member and Head of KKR Greater China, said, “LCY is a global leader in the specialty chemical industry and has earned its place as one of Taiwan’s leading global companies. We believe that KKR’s partnership approach will enable LCY to make the necessary investments in R&D and other growth initiatives to maintain the technological capabilities, capacity and product differentiation needed to further the Company’s leadership position going forward. This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside LCY’s exceptional management and dedicated employees to help the Company take full advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Founded in 1965, LCY is a producer of specialty chemicals with a concentration on thermoplastic elastomers and performance plastics used in infrastructure, health care, household, automotive, textile and electronic products, among other diverse applications. LCY will maintain its corporate headquarters in Taipei, its existing global distribution and sales networks and its production plants in Taiwan, mainland China and the United States.

KKR is a global investment firm with over 42 years of experience partnering with management teams and helping them to create value as a long-term, patient investor. Following completion of the transaction, KKR intends to work closely with LCY’s existing management team and employees to strengthen the Company’s business platform by exploring expansion opportunities in new and existing international markets as well as penetrating new verticals, with a goal to grow and support employment in Taiwan and overseas. KKR also looks to enhance the Company’s approach to environmental, social and governance management to responsibly and sustainably grow LCY’s corporate value.

Immediately following consummation of the share swap, KKR will hold a majority and controlling interest in LCY. The KKR consortium includes participation by the Company’s current employees and certain members of the Founding Family.

KKR makes its proposed investment from its Asian Fund III. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Upon the completion of the transaction, LCY will become a private company, and its shares will no longer be traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. KKR and its partners are committed to supporting LCY’s global expansion and will evaluate a range of options to support the Company’s strategy, including capital market activities in Taiwan.

Baker & McKenzie is acting as legal advisor to the Company. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Lee & Li are acting as legal advisors to KKR and the consortium. Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. is acting as financial advisor to KKR. Goldman Sachs Bank USA has agreed to underwrite and arrange debt financing to the consortium for the share exchange transaction, subject to certain customary conditions.

About LCY Chemical Corp.

Founded in 1965, LCY CHEMICAL CORP (TWSE:1704) aims at improving the quality of life and has been in petrochemical business for more than 50 years. Product portfolios include methanol, solvents, electronic-grade chemicals, rubbers and performance plastics. For more details, visit LCY CHEMICAL CORP. website: http://www.lcygroup.com/lcy/en/.

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic manager partnerships that manage hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns for its fund investors by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside the capital it manages for fund investors and provides financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital markets business. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE:KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

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1 The figures set out above are based on Bloomberg data as of the last full trading day immediately prior to the date of the announced share swap.

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EQT granted exclusivity to acquire Azelis

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EQT granted exclusivity to acquire Azelis, a global distributor of specialty chemicals and food ingredients

  • EQT VIII, with PSP Investments as co-investor, is in exclusive discussions to acquire Azelis, a leading distributor of specialty chemicals and food ingredients with a global presence in more than 40 countries
  • Azelis provides a diverse range of products and innovative services to more than 43,000 customers and 2,000 principals
  • EQT VIII to support Azelis’ continued growth by leveraging EQT’s experience with buy-and-build strategies, digital capabilities and global network of industrial advisors

The EQT VIII fund (“EQT” or “EQT VIII”), in partnership with the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (“PSP Investments”) as co-investor, has been granted exclusivity to finalize the discussions to acquire Azelis (“Azelis” or “the company”) from funds advised by Apax Partners.

Azelis was established in 2001 through the merger of Novorchem (Italy) and Arnaud (France). It has since followed an active acquisition strategy to create a leading specialty chemical distribution network in Europe. Today, Azelis supports more than 43,000 customers who benefit from its application
know-how and technical support and have access to a wide product portfolio from more than 2,000 specialty raw materials producers. The company has 1,800 employees and sales of around EUR 1.8 billion.

EQT will support Azelis’ continued development by providing access to both operational and financial resources and by leveraging EQT’s expertise with buy-and-build strategies. In addition, EQT will provide digital capabilities and grant the company access to a global network of industrial advisors. Azelis’ current management team, under the leadership of Dr. Hans-Joachim Müller, will continue to lead the organization.

“Azelis holds a leading position in the attractive specialty chemical distribution space,” said Bert Janssens, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT VIII. “We have been impressed by how Azelis’ management team transformed the business from a predominantly European operator to a leading global platform. EQT looks forward to working with Hans-Joachim and his team on their continued growth journey.”

“We are constantly strengthening our capabilities to serve our key suppliers (“principals”) and our diverse base of customers,” said Dr. Hans-Joachim Müller, CEO of Azelis. “We are grateful for Apax’s support over the past three years and are excited to continue our journey together with EQT.”

EQT draws on comprehensive expertise and competence in business services. Since 1994, EQT has invested in many companies within the services sector. “EQT applies a long-term, responsible and sustainable development approach, relying on a consistent industrial logic,” explained Kristiaan Nieuwenburg, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT VIII. “Azelis will benefit from this growth-focused investment philosophy, as well as our sector expertise.”

“Strong relationships with leading private equity firms are at the core of our investment strategy, and we are excited to partner with EQT for the acquisition of Azelis,” said Simon Marc, ‎Managing Director and Head of Private Equity at PSP Investments. “Azelis is a global leader in an attractive market that has strong consolidation prospects. We are very pleased to back Azelis and its world-class management team in their next stage of growth.”

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and the necessary consultation with employee representatives being conducted, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018. The parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction value.

Contacts
Bert Janssens, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT VIII, +31 202 62 4001
EQT Press office, +46 8 506 55 334
Verena Garofalo, Advisor, External Communications and Media Relations, PSP Investments, +1 514 218-3795, media@investpsp.ca

About EQT
EQT is a leading investment firm with approximately EUR 50 billion in raised capital across 27 funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 19 billion and approximately 110,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

More information: www.eqtpartners.com

About Azelis
Azelis is a leading distributor of specialty chemicals and food ingredients present in over 40 countries across the globe with around 1,800 employees. Our knowledgeable teams of industry, market and technical experts are each dedicated to a specific market within Life Sciences and Industrial Chemicals. We offer a lateral value chain of complementary products to over 40,000 customers, creating a turnover of EUR 1.8 billion. In the US we operate under a number of renowned co-brands that cater to the various markets in the region.

More information: www.azelis.com

About PSP Investments
The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) is one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers with USD 153 billion of net assets as of March 31, 2018. It manages a diversified global portfolio composed of investments in public financial markets, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, natural resources and private debt. Established in 1999, PSP Investments manages net contributions to the pension funds of the federal Public Service, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Reserve Force. Headquartered in Ottawa, PSP Investments has its principal business office in Montréal and offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.investpsp.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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ARDIAN sells ESIM Chemicals to Sun European Partners

Ardian

With Ardian’s support, ESIM Chemicals became an independent company and realized significant growth
Frankfurt am Main / Linz, 14 May 2018 – Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, today
announces that it is selling ESIM Chemicals (“ESIM”), a leading Austrian chemical maker to an affiliate
of Sun European Partners LLP (“Sun European Partners”). The two parties have agreed not to reveal
details of the transaction, and completion is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities.
Headquartered in Linz, Austria, ESIM is a global provider of high-quality agricultural and crop
protection chemicals, intermediates and maleic anhydride tree chemicals. The company emerged
after Ardian carved-out the two business units: agrochemicals (Exclusive Synthesis, “ES”), and fine
chemicals (Maleic Anhydride Intermediates & Specialties, “IM”) from DPx Holdings B.V. in August 2015
and subsequently led the business to independence.

ESIM’s primary focus is to partner with chemical companies in the custom synthesis of their unique
compounds. The company has over 75-years of experience in transforming breakthrough ideas into
scalable supplies of high-quality fine chemical products and intermediates.
The intermediates and end products synthesized by the company are important materials for a wide
range of industries: ES is among the top three custom manufacturing partners to the global crop
protection industry as well as other end markets such as food, feed and pharma. IM is a leading
supplier of maleicanhydride specialty ingredients that are used in various end markets such as personal care, nutrition,
paints and coatings as well as pharma.

Over the past three years, Ardian has supported the management team led by CEO, Wolfgang
Hillisch; COO, Harald Gruber; and CFO, Bernhard Kienberger in its efforts to combine ES and IM and to
build a fully stand-alone platform with its proprietary research and development, sales and marketing,
finance and controlling, and IT capabilities. As a result of the integration of the two business areas,
significant synergies and strong organic growth were achieved on the basis of existing and new
customer relationships and mutual operational benefits.
ES has considerably expanded its strong position in exclusive synthesis in the area of crop protection
chemistry and at the same time expanded into other markets such as cosmetics and fragrances,
polymers and coatings. IM has broadened its specialty product portfolio and has tapped into adjacent
and new market niches. Investments in business development and R&D have been essential to this
success. Additionally, the company set up its own laboratories and more than doubled the number of
employees in these areas. Overall, the number of employees has increased over 20% since 2015.
Wolfgang Hillisch, CEO of ESIM, said: “After the successful carve-out, ESIM has demonstrated its
leading reputation as an independent provider for fine and agricultural chemistry and has achieved
significant growth over the last three years. Ardian provided significant support and industry expertise
throughout the process and made a major contribution to our success today. At the same time, we
are convinced that we have found an ideal partner in Sun European Partners to support our envisaged
growth track.”

Wolfgang Pietzsch, Managing Director in Ardian’s German Buyout team, added: “The step towards
independence requires courage and perseverance but also offers large opportunities. The
management and employees of ESIM have managed this process incredibly well and have
demonstrated the company’s great potential. We are proud to have contributed to the successful
development of the business and the optimal foundation for further growth.”
Ardian’s Buyout team has extensive experience in the chemical sector resulting from past and current
investments including Eliokem, CABB, Novacap, Italmatch, and DRT.

ABOUT ARDIAN
Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of US$67bn managed or advised in
Europe, North America and Asia. The company is majority-owned by its employees. It keeps
entrepreneurship at its heart and focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global
investor base. Through its commitment to shared outcomes for all stakeholders, Ardian’s activities
fuel individual, corporate and economic growth around the world.
Holding close its core values of excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship, Ardian maintains a truly
global network, with more than 500 employees working from 13 offices across Europe (Frankfurt,
Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich), North America (New York, San
Francisco) and Asia (Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo). It manages funds on behalf of about 700 clients
through five pillars of investment expertise: Fund of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate
and Private Debt.
Follow Ardian on Twitter @Ardian
www.ardian.com

ABOUT ESIM
ESIM Chemicals is a leading global provider of high-quality agricultural and crop protection chemicals,
intermediates and maleic anhydride tree chemicals, focusing on partnering with companies in the
custom synthesis of their unique compounds and offer a portfolio of fine chemical products critical to
multiple industries.
The company is headquartered in Linz (Austria) and has more than 75 years of experience in
transforming innovative ideas into scalable supplies of advanced fine chemical products and
intermediates using state of the art facilities.
www.esim-chemicals.com

ADVISORS TO THE TRANSACTION
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AkzoNobel to sell Specialty Chemicals to The Carlyle Group and GIC for €10.1 billion

Carlyle

Agreement successfully concludes dual-track process

Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZA; AKZOY)

  • Key milestone in creating a focused, high performing Paints and Coatings company
  • Unleashing the Specialty Chemicals business to achieve its full potential
  • Thorough process results in best outcome for all stakeholders
  • Vast majority of net proceeds to be returned to shareholders

AkzoNobel today announces the sale of 100% of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and GIC for an enterprise value of €10.1 billion. This transaction creates two focused and high performing businesses – Paints and Coatings, and Specialty Chemicals – as part of its strategy announced in April 2017. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of 2018.

The Board of Management and the Supervisory Board concluded that a private sale to The Carlyle Group and GIC is in the best interests of AkzoNobel, Specialty Chemicals and its respective stakeholders, including employees, shareholders and customers. This is the outcome of a thorough dual-track process during which the Boards of AkzoNobel carefully considered both a legal demerger and a private sale.

The Carlyle Group has a global presence and the financial capacity to enable the Specialty Chemicals business achieve its full potential. Carlyle has extensive experience investing in chemicals, unlocking long-term potential and creating value in its portfolio companies.  As a responsible investor Carlyle is focused on driving growth, job creation and long-term financial success. The firm also has a strong focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) aspects and building positive working relationships with wider stakeholders (employees, unions and local communities).

Thierry Vanlancker, CEO AkzoNobel, said: “Today is a key milestone in creating two focused, high performing businesses, to generate value for all stakeholders. We delivered on our commitment to separate the Specialty Chemicals business and did so ahead of schedule.

“We are very pleased to announce the sale of Specialty Chemicals to The Carlyle Group and GIC. We believe the business is well positioned to capture growth opportunities and further improve performance. Carlyle has significant experience in the chemicals industry and a proven track record when it comes to health, safety, innovation and sustainability.”

Martin Sumner and Zeina Bain, Managing Directors at The Carlyle Group, added: “We are pleased to invest in the Specialty Chemicals business and proud to support a business with such a strong heritage. We are committed to growing the business, and building upon its innovation capability, high quality work force and asset base, as well as its world-class sustainability and environmental practices. We look forward to working with the management team to transition the business to a successful independent company.”

Werner Fuhrmann, CEO of AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, said: “Specialty Chemicals is a strong and profitable business with highly skilled and motivated employees serving our customers every day with essential chemistry. As a focused chemicals company we will concentrate our efforts and resources to accelerate profitable growth.

“With this transaction, our business has an opportunity to achieve its full potential and we will continue to fulfil the current and future needs of our customers throughout the world.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including the relevant regulatory approvals and consultation with the relevant employee representative bodies. AkzoNobel obtained shareholder approval for the separation at an Extraordinary General Meeting held on November 30, 2017.

This transaction values Specialty Chemicals at €10.1 billion (Enterprise Value). On the basis of the year-end balance sheet, AkzoNobel expects to receive a cash payment of €8.9 billion. Following deduction of deal and separation related costs, as well as other previously announced liabilities, the net proceeds are expected to be around €7.5 billion. The vast majority of net proceeds will be distributed to shareholders. Further details will be announced in due course.

Equity for this investment will come from Carlyle Partners VII, Carlyle Europe Partners IV, Carlyle’s longstanding investment partner GIC (which manages Singapore’s foreign reserves) and co-investors.

This is a public announcement by Akzo Nobel N.V. pursuant to section 17 paragraph 1 of the European Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014).

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About Akzo Nobel N.V.

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 45,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.

About The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $195 billion of assets under management across 317 investment vehicles as of December 31, 2017. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy & power, financial services, healthcare, industrial, infrastructure, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,600 people in 31 offices across six continents.

About GIC

GIC is a leading global investment firm established in 1981 to manage Singapore’s foreign reserves. It has investments in over 40 countries. As a disciplined long-term value investor, GIC is uniquely positioned for investments across a wide range of asset classes, including equities, fixed income, private equity, real estate, and infrastructure. In private equity, GIC invests through funds as well as directly in companies, partnering with its fund managers and management teams to help world class businesses achieve their objectives. GIC adds value to boards and management of investee companies by providing advice and access to its global network. Headquartered in Singapore, GIC employs over 1,400 people across 10 offices in key financial cities worldwide. For more information about GIC, please visit www.gic.com.sg

 

For more information:

AkzoNobel Media Relations

T +31 (0)88 – 969 7833

Contact: Diana Abrahams

 

AkzoNobel Investor Relations

T +31 (0)88 – 969 7856

Contact: Lloyd Midwinter

 

The Carlyle Group

Rory Macmillan

rory.macmillan@carlyle.com

+44 (0) 20 7894 1630

 

The Carlyle Group

Katarina Sallerfors

Katarina.sallerfors@carlyle.com

+44 (0)20 7894 1632

 

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Toray to acquire TenCate Advanced Composites

Gilde Buy Out

Acquisition to accelerate growth in advanced composites for both companies Almelo, The Netherlands – Koninklijke Ten Cate B.V. (“TenCate”) today announces it has reached an agreement with integrated chemicals and materials group Toray Industries Inc. (“Toray”) on the acquisition of TenCate Advanced Composites (“TCAC”). Toray is committed to further accelerate the growth of TCAC in the coming years, fully supporting TCAC management’s strategy and investment growth plans.

The combination of TCAC and Toray brings together complementary product offerings in high performance composites serving the aerospace, space and communications and high-performance industrial markets. There is strong strategic rationale for the transaction, with clear benefits for both companies. For Toray, the acquisition is an important step in its strategy to accelerate growth and expand its high-performance thermoplastic and thermoset composites offering while benefitting from considerable revenue synergies. For TCAC, the combination with Toray secures access to a source of highly-specified carbon fiber, a crucial component to supporting the needs of customers. The combination of TCAC and Toray will enhance new product development and R&D capabilities and reinforce and expand relationships with customers.

Frank Meurs, TCAC Chief Operations Officer, commented: “We are very pleased with today’s announcement and consider Toray a strong partner for us in terms of cultural fit, complementary product and market segment offerings, focus on R&D, and geographical reach. We have a long history of successful cooperation with Toray and are convinced that we can strengthen each other. We are looking forward to continuing to grow TCAC together with Toray.”

Jan Albers, TenCate CEO, commented: “We are delighted that we have found such a strong strategic partner for TCAC in Toray. The aerospace industry is entering a new growth phase, which requires large investments for continued sustainable growth in this dynamic market. With Toray we have found the right partner to expand TCAC’s leading role in advanced composites.” Both companies have agreed to jointly develop an integration plan to support the envisaged growth plans. Toray expects to retain key management of TCAC following completion of the transaction and respects the existing rights and benefits of the employees of the TCAC group. Toray will acquire TCAC for an enterprise value of € 930 million. The completion of the envisaged transaction is expected in the second half of 2018 and is subject to customary approvals by regulatory authorities. The agreement is also subject to completion of the consultation process with TenCate’s works council. J.P. Morgan Securities plc acted as exclusive financial advisor and Clifford Chance LLP acted as legal advisor to TenCate. Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. acted as financial advisor to Toray.

 

Read more at: http://gilde.com/news/2018/toray-to-acquire-tencate-advanced-composites

 

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Cinven completes acquisition of CHRYSO

Cinven has today completed the acquisition of CHRYSO, a global specialty chemicals group for construction materials.

Cinven’s Industrials and French teams identified CHRYSO as a compelling investment opportunity based on the Group’s strong market position in an attractive industry segment; its successful track record of acquiring and integrating businesses; and its excellent innovation capabilities. CHRYSO is well positioned to benefit from the growing infrastructure spends in emerging countries, as well as housing market recovery in Europe and the US.

CHRYSO represents the 4th investment from The Sixth Cinven Fund.

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