Global Resins Merger Set to Advance

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016

A deal between global resins manufacturers Allnex and Nuplex is moving forward, with shareholders from Nuplex approving a deal that would merge the two companies.

Allnex, based in Brussels and owned by parent company Advent International, announced in Februrary that it was in talks with Nuplex, and put forward a plan to acquire the Sydney, Australia-based Nuplex in April.

According to the plan approved by Nuplex shareholders, Allnex will acquire all shares of Nuplex at a price of NZ$5.43 per share ($3.86 per share by the current exchange rate). The deal was approved by the holders of 76 percent of Nuplex’s total shares, according to the company.

About the Companies

Nuplex manufactures coating resins, along with polyester and vinyl ester resins and products related to resin-based flooring systems. The company, which claims about $1 billion in annual sales, does business in Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Asia, North America and Africa.

Allnex does $1.5 billion in sales annually, and deals in resins and additives used in architectural, industrial and automotive coatings, as well as packaging coatings and inks, and consumer electronics and industrial plastics.

Allnex was acquired by Advent International, a global chemicals conglomerate, in 2013; prior to that deal, Allnex was Cytec Industries’ Coating Resins business. Its operations are centered in Belgium, with facilities in Europe, Asia, North and South America and Africa.

Emery Severin

Nuplex, led by CEO Emery Severin, manufactures coating resins, along with polyester and vinyl ester resins and products related to resin-based flooring systems.

Last week, the New Zealand Times-Herald reported that Nuplex CEO Emery Severin did not take part in the decisions regarding the Allnex deal due to a conflict of interest related to shares and incentives that could send him more than NZ$10 million if the deal goes through.

Earlier this year, Allnex announced the hiring of Miguel Mantas as its new CEO. Mantas had been with OXEA, a chemical company that was sold by Advent International to Oman Oil.

Closing Next Month

The Allnex-Nuplex deal has already gotten approval from regulating bodies in Australia, China, New Zealand, Russia and the U.S.; the European Commission and the New Zealand High Court are still set to issue rulings.

The companies expect that, with full approval from those bodies, the deal will close in early August.


Tagged categories: Allnex; Asia Pacific; Coating chemistry; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; Mergers; North America; Program/Project Management; Raw materials; Resins

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