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The Chemours Company Agrees to Sell its Mining Solutions Business to Draslovka for $520 Million

The Chemours Company | July 27, 2021

The Chemours Company Agrees to Sell its Mining Solutions Business to Draslovka for $520 Million
The Chemours Company, a global chemistry company with market leadership positions in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, Advanced Performance Materials, and Chemical Solutions, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Mining Solutions business to Draslovka Holding a.s. for $520 million in cash (representing 10 times 2020 Adjusted EBITDA)1. Subject to regulatory approvals and other normal closing conditions, the deal is anticipated to complete in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Chemours' financial adviser is Gordon Dyal & Co. Advisory Group LP, while its legal advisor is Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Draslovka's transactional adviser and financing arranger is J.P. Morgan, its legal counsel is Dentons, and its financial and tax advisor is PwC.

About The Chemours Company
The Chemours Company is a global leader in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, Advanced Performance Materials, and Chemical Solutions, offering market-defining products, application expertise, and chemistry-based breakthroughs to clients across a wide variety of sectors. We provide a customized solution using diverse industrial and specialty chemicals for markets such as coatings, plastics, refrigeration, air conditioning, transportation, semiconductor and consumer electronics, general industrial, mining, and oil and gas. Ti-Pure, Opteon, Freon, Teflon, Viton, Nafion, and Krytox are some of our most well-known names. In addition, Chemours was named one of America's Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek in 2019. The company employs approximately 6,500 employees and has 30 production facilities, servicing approximately 3,300 clients in 120 countries. Chemours' headquarters are located in Wilmington, Delaware.

About Draslovka Holding a.s.
Draslovka Holding a.s. is a global leader in cyanide-based chemical specialties and agricultural chemicals such as next-generation fumigants and biocides. It is a private holding company located in the Czech Republic owned by four Czech families that operate together through dp partners, a leading family office situated in Prague. Draslovka has over 100 years of experience producing hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and HCN chemistry and specializes in the production of completely synthetic and highly purified liquid HCN, which is then processed for use in a range of downstream products ranging from mining to agriculture. Draslovka aims to be a global leader in the manufacturing of cyanides for use in synthesis, mining, and industrial and agricultural applications.

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UGI and Vertimass Enter Agreement to Produce Renewable Fuels in the U.S. and Europe

UGI Corporation | January 06, 2022

UGI Corporation announced today that it has entered into a 15-year agreement with California-based technology developer, Vertimass, to utilize their catalytic technology to produce renewable fuels from renewable-ethanol in the U.S. and Europe. The agreement centers on the development of production facilities using Vertimass’ catalytic technology to convert renewable ethanol into renewable-propane and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The technology enables flexible production of the renewable fuels to align with regional market demand. Up to 50% of the total production capacity from the facilities can be renewable-propane that will support UGI’s ongoing efforts to provide innovative, low-carbon, sustainable energy solutions to its customers. UGI expects to invest either solely, jointly with Vertimass or in partnership with third parties to build and operate multiple production facilities over the next 15 years in locations across the U.S. and Europe, significantly increasing the supply of renewable-propane and SAF. UGI anticipates a total investment of roughly $500 million for the bolt-on production facilities over a 15-year period, including potential third party investment, with total production target from these aggregated facilities of approximately 1 billion gallons of combined renewable fuels per annum. The goal is to have the first production facility onstream in fiscal year 2024 with an annual production target of approximately 50 million gallons of combined renewable fuels. Vertimass employs catalytic technology to convert renewable ethanol and other renewable alcohols into renewable hydrocarbon fuels that are compatible with the existing equipment and infrastructure. This technology can be bolted on to existing ethanol production facilities, optimizing GHG emissions reduction, and bringing further end product diversification to the existing ethanol producer. The introduction of such ethanol-based “bio-refineries” is an attractive proposition for skilled job development and the opportunity to further drive energy independence using local resources. “This is another significant milestone in our commitment to providing renewable fuels to our customers. Our business development team continues to seek out innovative opportunities and I am delighted with our newly established partnership with Vertimass. We believe this partnership will deliver significant renewable LPG for our customers as well as bring investment opportunity to interested stakeholders.” Roger Perreault, President and Chief Executive Officer of UGI Corporation Charles Wyman, Vertimass President and Chief Executive Officer, continued “Vertimass is extremely excited to work with UGI to commercialize our breakthrough technology. UGI and Vertimass have built strong relationships over the last year, which we believe will cement success.” Bill Shopoff, Vertimass Chair, noted “Together we will take advantage of this unique low-cost technology to transform ethanol facilities and produce renewable fuels that will cover UGI’s global footprint, as well as enable the production of SAF.” More About the Technology Vertimass is developing a unique Consolidated Alcohol Deoxygenation and Oligomerization technology to allow produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and diesel blendstocks that are compatible with the current transportation fuel infrastructure as well as LPG eliminate the ethanol “blend wall” by converting ethanol into fungible gasoline components for powering light duty vehicles, produce intermediates used to make plastics and other higher value products, and possibly debottleneck processes to increase throughput with little additional costs other than for feedstock. CADO completely converts wet ethanol into targeted hydrocarbons in a simple reactor system at moderate temperatures and near atmospheric pressure without adding hydrogen. Other benefits include the ability to lower plant water usage, reduce overall energy consumption, and drop GHG emissions to levels required for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Advanced Biofuel category. Introduction to Renewable-LPG (Renewable Propane) Renewable LPG, also known as renewable-propane, is chemically identical to today’s fossil LPG and therefore can be used with existing infrastructure. It has up to 80% lower carbon footprint than that of conventional LPG. About UGI Corporation UGI Corporation is a distributor and marketer of energy products and services. Through subsidiaries, UGI operates natural gas and electric utilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, distributes LPG both domestically and internationally, manages midstream energy assets in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia and electric generation assets in Pennsylvania, and engages in energy marketing, including renewable natural gas in the eastern region of the United States and California, and internationally in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. About Vertimass Vertimass LLC is based in Irvine, California. The mission of Vertimass LLC is to develop and widely license breakthrough technologies that substantially expand production of sustainable transportation fuels and chemicals that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy security and domestic economies. 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Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies Sign an Agreement for an Advanced Recycling Project in Spain

Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies | January 11, 2022

Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies have announced a new agreement to promote the development of advanced plastic recycling. Under this agreement, Plastic Energy plans to build a second advanced recycling plant in Sevilla, Spain, in addition to their existing operational plant, which will transform end-of-life plastic waste into a recycled feedstock called TACOIL using Plastic Energy’s patented recycling technology. TotalEnergies will convert this raw material into virgin-quality polymers, which can be used for food-grade packaging. The plant will process and convert 33,000 tons of post-consumer end-of-life plastic waste yearly, that would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration. The plant is expected to become operational in early 2025, with TACOIL to be used for the manufacturing of high-quality polymers in TotalEnergies’ European-based production units, following a successful processing experimentation in TotalEnergies’ petrochemical platform in Antwerp. With identical properties to virgin ones, the recycled polymers will be suitable for use in food-grade applications, such as flexible and rigid food packaging containers. Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies are both firmly committed to develop plastics recycling to address the issue of plastic waste, and to build a circular economy in Europe and globally. In line with this commitment, TotalEnergies and Plastic Energy have announced in September 2020 a joint venture to build a plastic waste conversion facility with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes per year at the TotalEnergies Grandpuits zero-crude platform in France. The project is expected to be operational in 2023. Additionally, Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies announced a strategic partnership in October 2021 for a similar recycling plant in Texas, U.S.A. This plant, which is a joint venture between Plastic Energy and Freepoint Eco-systems, will have the capacity to recycle 33,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year, and is expected to be operational by mid-2024. Under the agreement, TACOIL will be converted by TotalEnergies in its Texas-based production units. “I am pleased to announce another new Plastic Energy plant in Spain, and a new collaboration agreement with our partner, TotalEnergies. This new large-scale recycling plant will be an impactful addition to our existing portfolio of operational plants in Spain and will allow for an increase in the amount of end-of-life plastics that we can recycle in Europe.” Carlos Monreal, founder and CEO of Plastic Energy “This new project with Plastic Energy in Spain follows two collaboration projects already announced in France and the U.S. Those projects contribute to addressing the challenge of the circular economy and to our ambition of producing 30% recycled and renewable polymers by 2030,” said Valérie Goff, Senior Vice President, Polymers at TotalEnergies. About Plastic Energy Ltd. Plastic Energy is a global leader in chemical recycling, offering a sustainable solution to help prevent plastic waste, transforming previously unrecyclable plastic waste into a valuable resource. Our patented and proven chemical recycling technology converts end-of-life plastic waste into an optimal feedstock (TACOIL) for making virgin-quality recycled plastics. Plastic Energy currently has two chemical recycling plants that are in constant operation in Spain and is one of the few companies worldwide that has sold TACOIL from the conversion of end-of-life plastic waste to replace fossil oils in the manufacturing of new plastics. We are leading our field in the transition to a low-carbon circular economy for plastics. About TotalEnergies TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.

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PEAK ROCK CAPITAL AFFILIATE COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF XENON ARC

Peak Rock Capital | December 22, 2021

An affiliate of Peak Rock Capital ("Peak Rock"), a leading middle-market private investment firm, announced today that it has completed an acquisition of Xenon arc Inc. in partnership with the management team of the Company. Xenon arc is a leading technology-enabled provider of managed services to food & beverage, industrial, and chemical producer clients. The Company manages its clients' long tails of thousands of SMB customers collectively through its service offering including technical sales, support, technology and distribution services. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, with operations across the United States, Europe and South America, the Company has built a strong reputation in the industry for exceptional service, technical capabilities and driving clients' revenue growth. "Xenon arc represents a unique opportunity to invest in a technology-enabled services platform with a strong leadership position in managed services to materials producers. We are impressed with the Company's track record of growth and look forward to partnering with the Company to accelerate the execution of its business plan, which includes strategic growth investments that would expand Xenon arc's service capabilities, technology offerings and geographic coverage." Steve Martinez, President and Managing Director of Peak Rock Paul Warburg, President and CEO of Xenon arc, commented, "We are excited to partner with Peak Rock as we embark on our next phase of growth. Peak Rock has a deep understanding of our business, and a compelling track record of supporting companies and management teams in driving innovation and building leading platforms. We look forward to our partnership, which will position the Company to accelerate its rapid growth by expanding its service capabilities, geographic footprint, and empower Xenon arc to continue to invest in its technology and leading talent." "This transaction exemplifies Peak Rock's commitment to invest in high growth technology-enabled services businesses. We continue to seek tech-enabled platforms that we believe can benefit from our ability to drive transformational growth through organic initiatives and strategic acquisitions," added Anthony DiSimone, Chief Executive Officer of Peak Rock. ABOUT XENON ARC Xenon arc is a leading technology-enabled services provider of technical sales, support, technology and distribution solutions to clients and their SMB customers across the food & beverage, industrial, and chemical industries. Xenon arc's direct-to-market solutions provide end-customers with direct contact with a customized extension of clients' sales, marketing, and technical capabilities. The Company was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Xenon arc also serves South America and Europe through its teams in Brazil, Mexico and the Netherlands. ABOUT PEAK ROCK CAPITAL Peak Rock Capital is a leading middle-market private investment firm that makes equity and debt investments in companies in North America and Europe. Peak Rock's equity investment platform focuses on opportunities where it can support senior management to drive rapid growth and performance improvement, with expertise in corporate carve-outs and partnering with families and founders seeking first-time institutional capital. Peak Rock's credit platform invests across capital structures, with a broad mandate to provide flexible, tailored capital solutions to middle-market and growth-oriented businesses. Peak Rock's real estate platform makes equity and debt investments in small to mid-sized real estate assets in attractive, growing geographies.

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Six Pines Investments LLC purchases stake in top plastics recyclers to accelerate transformation to a circular economy for plastics

Six Pines | December 17, 2021

Six Pines Investments LLC, a wholly-owned, sustainable investment subsidiary of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC announced its equity investment in two leading circular plastics recyclers, Nexus Circular LLC and Mura Technology Ltd. In October 2020, CPChem announced success in its first commercial scale production of polyethylene using advanced recycling technology. The company markets its new circular polyethylene under the name Marlex® Anew™ Circular Polyethylene and is working toward an ambitious annual production goal of 1 billion pounds of circular polyethylene by 2030. Mura and Nexus are leading plastics recyclers that convert waste plastics into high quality feedstock used in advanced recycling technologies to produce circular plastics. These strategic investments made from its Six Pines subsidiary reflect CPChem’s commitment to foster innovation and accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastics. “We are excited about the capabilities and opportunities at Mura and Nexus. We share a common goal to keep plastic waste out of the environment. Waste plastics should not end up in the environment, as they can be sustainably recycled to create new plastics again and again. Investing in Nexus and Mura will accelerate our efforts to produce Marlex® Anew™ Circular Polyethylene and the expansion of our circular product portfolio.” Benny Mermans, vice president of sustainability at CPChem Plastics are life-enriching products that are essential for our future; however, the plastic waste challenge must be addressed. CPChem believes that solving the global problem of plastic waste will require innovation, investment and cooperation throughout the entire plastics value chain. Six Pines’ investments advance CPChem’s ambition to reduce waste and reuse valuable resources, accelerating change for a sustainable future. About Six Pines Six Pines Investments LLC is a wholly-owned, sustainable investment subsidiary of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC one of the world’s top producers of olefins and polyolefins and a leading supplier of aromatics, alpha olefins, styrenics, specialty chemicals, plastic piping and polymer resins. With approximately 5,000 employees, CPChem and its affiliates own more than $17 billion in assets, including 31 manufacturing and research facilities in six countries. CPChem is equally owned indirectly by Chevron Corporation U.S.A. Inc. and Phillips 66 Company, and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas. About Nexus Nexus is the leading operational, commercially scaled converter of waste plastics to feedstocks, which in turn are converted back to virgin plastics. Nexus is rapidly rolling out plants globally with a limited set of partners ready to move quickly and with purpose to address the plastics waste problem, for which many seek a real, proven solution today. The process is an environmentally friendly (no wastewater, nor air issues) end-to-end business, including engineering, software, front-end waste plastic sorting, all regulatory requirements /ISCC Plus certification, training/safety, and strategic pricing/positioning, guided by financially driven metrics. Operational and economically proven, Nexus has produced and shipped consistent, on-spec tanker loads of products to large global partners who blend it in their current streams and convert to virgin plastics. Nexus is located in Atlanta, Georgia. About Mura Mura Technology intends to become the world’s leading producer of recycled hydrocarbons, creating a circular economy for plastic, whilst helping to decarbonize the petrochemical industry and eliminate global plastic pollution. We are pioneering a scalable process to divert waste plastic away from incineration, reduce carbon emissions and prevent millions of tons of plastic from entering the natural environment every year, turning the $120 billion lost resource of plastic waste into a valuable global commodity.

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