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Clariant and Huntsman to combine in merger of equals

May 23/2017

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant and Huntsman Corporation announced that their Boards of Directors unanimously approved a definitive agreement to combine in a merger of equals through an all-stock transaction, said Clariant.

The merged company will be named HuntsmanClariant. On a pro forma 2016 basis, the combination of both companies will create a leading global specialty chemical company with sales of approximately USD13.2 billion, an adjusted EBITDA of USD2.3 billion and a combined enterprise value of approximately USD20 billion at announcement.

The combined entity will benefit from each others strengths. It will have a significantly improved growth profile in highly attractive end markets and geographies. HuntsmanClariant will leverage shared knowledge in sustainability and boast a much stronger joint innovation platform. This will enable the development of new products in order to deliver superior returns and drive shareholder value.

"This is the perfect deal at the right time. Clariant and Huntsman are joining forces to gain much broader global reach, create more sustained innovation power and achieve new growth opportunities," said Hariolf Kottmann, CEO of Clariant. "This is in the best interest of all of our stakeholders. Peter Huntsman and I share the same strategic vision and I look forward to working with him."       

The new company will accelerate value creation for shareholders through a more robust combination of technology, products and talent. The combined company expects to realize more than USD3.5 billion of value creation from approximately USD400 million in annual cost synergies. The full synergy run-rate will be achieved within two years of closing. These synergies will be realized by reducing operational costs and improving procurement. The targeted synergies represent roughly 3 percent of total combined 2016 revenue with one-time costs up to USD500 million. There will also be additional cash-tax savings.

The combined company, incorporated in Switzerland, will be governed by a Board of Directors with equal representation from Clariant and Huntsman and will follow Swiss Corporate Governance standards. Hariolf Kottmann, current Clariant CEO, shall become Chairman of the Board of HuntsmanClariant. Peter Huntsman, current Huntsman President and CEO, will become CEO of HuntsmanClariant. Jon Huntsman, founder and Chairman of Huntsman, shall become Chairman Emeritus and board member of HuntsmanClariant.


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Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:dioksida titana, pigmentniy krasitel, construction, Clariant International, Huntsman.
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