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Croda completes acquisition of Iberchem

November 26/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Croda says it has completed the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of flavors and fragrances company Iberchem Group (Murcia, Spain) from investment company Eurazeo, said Chemweek.

It follows an announcement by Croda last week. Croda says it has agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of flavors and fragrances company Iberchem Group (Murcia, Spain) from investment company Eurazeo for EUR820 million (USD975 million) on a debt-free, cash-free basis. The sum will be funded via a combination of Croda's existing debt facilities and the proceeds of a ?600-million (USD798 million) equity placing representing 8% of Croda's issued share capital, the company says. Acquiring Iberchem marks Croda's entry into the flavors and fragrances market. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2020, Croda says.

The acquisition price represents a multiple of 20.5 times Iberchem's estimated 2020 EBITDA, according to Croda.  We have known Iberchems team for many years and their business is highly compatible with Crodas. Iberchem stands out with its significant exposure to emerging markets, extensive product portfolio well placed to adapt to sustainability trends, strong customer focus and R&D capability, and 10-year track record of consistent year-on-year growth. By bringing our businesses together, we are creating a new, full-service offering to our customers in consumer-care markets and a compelling platform from which to grow the combined business in the years ahead, says Steve Foots, CEO of Croda.

Eurazeo acquired 71.5% of Iberchem in 2017 for EUR405 million, less than half what Croda is paying for the business. Iberchem's management owns the rest of the company. Iberchem's sales have increased at a compound annual growth rate of 15% since 2010, Croda says.

As MRC informed earlier, Croda International (Goole, UK) says it has entered a partnership with Sentient Science (Buffalo, New York), an asset management and software services company, for the recommended use of Crodas Rewitec additives for wind turbine gearboxes and main bearings.

As MRC informed earlier, Nexam Chemical has received an order from an existing customer in the area of PET additives for deliveries to the USA. The customer is a market-leading manufacturer of PET foam. It is the single largest order in the United States and also one of the largest ever for Nexam Chemical globally. Nexam Chemical has previously delivered products to this customer and this order confirms good growth in the business. The value of the order is SEK 9 million and applies to deliveries up to and including the spring of 2021.

We remind that Russia's output of chemical products rose in September 2020 by 6.7% year on year. At the same time, production of basic chemicals increased by 6.1% year on year in the first nine months of 2020, according to Rosstat's data. According to the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, polymers in primary form accounted for the greatest increase in the January-September output. Last month's production of primary polymers decreased to 852,000 tonnes from 888,000 tonnes in August due to shutdowns in Tomsk, Ufa and Kazan. Overall output of polymers in primary form totalled 7,480,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by 16.4%  year on year.

Croda acquired Rewitec in 2019 and began to offer to energy technology customers nano- and micro-particle-based additives to increase the durability of machinery by lowering friction and reducing wear, the company says. Prior to the acquisition in 2017, Sentient Science validated Rewitecs DuraGear gearbox oil additives for use in wind turbine gearboxes, it says.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, crude oil, petrochemistry, Crude oil.
Category:General News
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