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BP agrees to sell its petrochemicals business to INEOS for $5 billion

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 29, 2020
BP announced that it has agreed to sell its petrochemicals business to INEOS for a total consideration of $5 billion, subject to customary adjustments.
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The agreed sale, the next strategic step in reinventing BP, will further strengthen BP’s balance sheet and delivers its target for agreed divestments a year earlier than originally scheduled.

Topics: INEOS

Under the terms of the agreement, INEOS will pay BP a deposit of $400 million and will pay a further $3.6 billion on completion.

An additional $1 billion will be deferred and paid in three separate instalments of $100 million in March, April and May 2021 with the remaining $700 million payable by the end of June 2021.

Subject to regulatory and other approvals, the transaction is expected to complete by the end of 2020.

BP’s petrochemicals business is focused on two main businesses aromatics and acetyls each of which has leading technology and advantaged manufacturing plants, including a strong presence in growth markets in Asia.

In total, the businesses have interests in 14 manufacturing plants in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and in 2019 produced 9.7 million tonnes of petrochemicals.