CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY

W. R. Grace & Co. Buys Albemarle's Fine Chemistry Services Business

Albemarle | June 03, 2021

W. R. Grace & Co. Buys Albemarle's Fine Chemistry Services Business
Albemarle Corporation, a global specialty chemicals industry leader, announced that it had completed the sale of its Fine Chemistry Services business to W. R. Grace & Co. for approximately $570 million, consisting of $300 million in cash. The issuance to Albemarle of preferred equity of a W. R. Grace & Co. subsidiary having an aggregate stated value of $270 million. The sale includes Albemarle's operations in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, and South Haven, Michigan.

"The sale of our Fine Chemistry Services business has enabled us to unlock substantial value from our portfolio of quality assets," said Albemarle's CEO, Kent Masters. "With the proceeds from this transaction, we have enhanced our available resources to execute our long-term growth strategy."

BofA Securities acted as exclusive financial advisor to Albemarle, and Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP acted as legal advisor in connection with this transaction.

About Albemarle
Albemarle Corporation, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a global specialty chemicals company with leading lithium, bromine, and refining catalysts. We think beyond business-as-usual to power the potential of companies in many of the world's largest and most critical industries, such as energy, electronics, and transportation. We actively pursue a sustainable approach to managing our diverse global footprint of world-class resources. In conjunction with our highly experienced and talented international teams, our deep-seated values, and our collaborative customer relationships, we create value-added and performance-based solutions that enable a safer and more sustainable future.

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