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PTT will Pay $4.75 Billion to Acquire a European Chemical Company

PTT | July 13, 2021

Thailand's PTT Global Chemical PCL will pay 4 billion euros (US$4.75 billion) to buy Allnex Holding GmbH, a European specialty chemicals producer, to expand its presence in high-value chemicals products.

PTT Global stated in an exchange statement yesterday that it will buy all of Allnex Holding's common shares for 132.6 billion baht (US$4.1 billion) and assume 426 million euros in debts.According to the company, the acquisition would be financed with its cash and help from its parent company, PTT PCL.

PTT Global shares fell as much as 7.3 percent to 54.25 baht in Bangkok trading, the worst intraday drop since June of last year. Thailand's largest business by market capitalization, PTT, gained 0.7 percent to 37.50 baht at 11:37 a.m. local time.PTT Global and its major domestic competitors, Indorama Ventures PCL and Siam Cement PCL, have increased foreign acquisitions and investments in recent years to grow their production of chemical ingredients used in plastic packaging, bottles, and other goods.

According to Bloomberg statistics, PTT Global's acquisition of Allnex would be the largest foreign acquisition by a Thai company since Thai Beverage PCL's acquisition of Fraser & Neave Ltd in 2012.

In search of higher profits, global refiners have made inroads into the plastic and specialty chemical industries. With car electrification increasing and oil demand growth slowing, more fuel producers in China and India are shifting their emphasis to petrochemicals rather than gasoline and diesel.

According to the International Energy Agency, petrochemicals are expected to be the largest source of oil demand growth in the medium term, outweighing an increase in transport fuel use.According to a report, demand for raw materials used in the production of petrochemicals, such as ethane, liquefied petroleum gas, and naphtha, is projected to rise until 2026.

PTT Global expects the transaction to be completed in December. According to a separate statement, the firm signed an agreement with PTT, the state-controlled energy giant, for up to 73.9 billion baht in loans to support its investment in high-value companies.

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Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association | June 04, 2021

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I hope delegates enjoyed attending the event and thank all our sponsors and partners for making this edition possible.” The 12th GPCA Supply Chain Conference was held under the theme ‘Powering a resilient, responsive and agile supply chain’, attracting over 1300 attendees from 450 companies in 62 countries. To learn more, visit www.gpcasupplychain.com About the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) was established in 2006 to represent the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf. Today, the association voices the common interests of more than 250 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95 percent of chemical output in the GCC. The industry makes up the second largest manufacturing sector in the region, producing over USD 108 billion worth of products every year. 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Six Pines | December 17, 2021

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Xilica Corporation | January 27, 2022

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True Value Company | March 15, 2022

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