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Synthomer to buy Hexion Performance Adhesives & Coatings for $226 million

Staff writer ▼ | March 22, 2016
Apecialty chemicals company Synthomer announced the $226 million acquisition of Hexion Performance Adhesives & Coatings.
Acquisition   Hexion currently employes 750 people across seven sites in Europe
The acquisition is to be completed this summer following regulatory approval and other conditions.

The purchase - to be funded through existing cash and additional credit facilities - would strengthen Synthomer's position in the performance adhesives and coatings market by adding Hexion's range of dispersions, additives, powder coatings and specialty monomers.

Hexion currently employed 750 people across seven sites in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. In the year to 31 December it generated sales of $370m and EBITDA of $30m, and had gross assets of $149m.

Synthomer's board said the acquisition was expected to be earnings enhancing in the first full year, and confirmed Hexion's existing leadership team would transfer with the business to Synthomer.

"The acquisition of Hexion represents a further step forward in our strategy to continue to grow and develop the business," said Synthomer chief executive officer Calum MacLean.

"This acquisition strengthens our platform for continued growth in the global dispersions and additives ma.rket, and in particular expands our presence in the U.S and Asia.," he added.

At the same time, Synthomer's board said it had reached agreement to sell its dispersions business in South Africa to Ferro for £13m, following that division's declining EBITDA and cash flow performance in a competitive market.