Germany's Evonik expects methacrylate Advent €3bn sale completed by 31 July

Author: Katherine Sale

2019/07/16

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany’s Evonik expects the sale of its methacrylate business to US firm Advent International to be completed by 31 July, a source from the company confirmed on Tuesday.

This follows approvals from the European Commission earlier in the month for the €3bn sale to the private equity fund.

The transaction includes the Methacrylates, Acrylic Products and CyPlus business lines, as well as some methacrylate resins activities.

The methacrylates business has 18 production sites and 3,900 employees worldwide.

It generated an average annual earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of about €350m and sales of about €1.8bn/year in 2016-2018 and similar levels are expected for 2019.

There had been some concerns in the wider market over the sale, with MMA prices on a downward cycle for the last 14 months.

Evonik has contacted its customers to confirm the existing contracts will be assigned to the new company.

Buyers said they are expecting "business as usual" after the sale is completed.

According to some, the deal's completion was good news after the uncertainty caused by a transaction which, for its magnitude, could affect the market's dynamics.

The new company has not been named yet.

“We are not expecting any major changes to the current dynamics, they will fulfil current agreements,” said one trader.

“The sale is going through, which puts my mind at ease,” said one methyl methacrylate (MMA) buyer.

Europe MMA spot prices, July 2016- July 2019
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Top picture: Evonik's headquarters in Essen, Germany
Source: Evonik 

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