Venator acquire Tronox European paper laminates business

Venator to acquire Tronox European paper laminates business

5:41 AM, 18th July 2018
Paper laminates. (File photo)
Paper laminates. (File photo)

WYNYARD, UK: Venator Materials PLC (VNTR) has reached an agreement to purchase the European paper laminates business (the 8120 Grade) from Tronox Limited (Tronox).

In connection with the acquisition, Tronox will supply the 8120 Grade to Venator under a transitional supply agreement until the transfer of the manufacturing of the 8120 Grade to Venator's Greatham, UK, facility has been completed.

Separately, Venator and Tronox have entered into an agreement to engage in exclusive negotiations until 29 September 2018, regarding the purchase of the Ashtabula, Ohio, complex by Venator currently owned by The National Titanium Dioxide Company Limited (Cristal) for $1.1 billion. If a divestiture of Ashtabula is required for Tronox to obtain approval for its proposed merger with Cristal after the US District Court rules in the pending preliminary injunction hearing. 

The purchase price for Ashtabula will be reduced to $900 million if, instead of promptly divesting Ashtabula, Tronox continues to await the decision of the FTC's Administrative Law Judge following an adverse ruling by the US District Court. 

Additionally, the parties have agreed that Tronox will promptly pay Venator a "break fee" of $75 million upon consummation of the Tronox/Cristal merger if divestiture of the 8120 Grade to Venator has been consummated and the Ashtabula site is not sold to Venator.

"The agreement to acquire the paper laminates business further strengthens and diversifies our global TiO2 business. It also extends our European market leadership and further expands our differentiated product range," said Simon Turner, president and CEO of Venator.

"The addition of the high-quality Ashtabula facilities would dramatically grow our North American presence and global TiO2 capacity, enabling us to better serve our valued customers.  In light of this potential acquisition, we are reviewing our near-term needs for the full rebuild of TiO2 capacity at our previously damaged TiO2 facility in Pori, Finland," added Turner.

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