US Chemtura puts PVC additives on selling block – source

17 August 2009 22:01  [Source: ICIS news]

Chemtura could sell its PVC additives business.NEW YORK (ICIS news)--US-based specialty chemical firm Chemtura has put its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) additives business on the selling block, a source in the financial community said on Monday.

“The books on that business went out in the past week or so,” said the investment banker, referring to the documents on a company for sale available to potential buyers.

“Other business may be coming afterwards, but so far it’s just the PVC additives business. Lazard is managing the sale,” he added.

Chemtura filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on 18 March after failing to find buyers for its crop protection and petroleum additives businesses.

“The PVC additives business has revenues of around $200m-300m/year (€140m-210m)," said the source.

The business is part of Chemtura’s industrial engineered products segment, which saw sales fall 42% year on year to $136m in the second quarter. The segment posted an operating loss of $11m, compared with a profit of $25m in the year-ago period.

Chemtura took an impairment charge in the second quarter related to the PVC additives business.

Neither Chemtura nor Lazard could be reached for comment.

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