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Celanese to acquire Exxonmobil’S TPV Elastomers business

Celanese to acquire Exxonmobil’S TPV Elastomers business

News 14.07.2021

Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE), a global chemical and specialty materials company, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire the Santoprene™ TPV elastomers business of Exxon Mobil Corporation. Celanese will acquire the industry-renowned Santoprene™ brand as part of a comprehensive TPV product portfolio, along with intellectual property, production and commercial assets, and a world-class organization.

Transaction Overview

The Santoprene™ business of ExxonMobil is a leading global producer of TPV serving a variety of end-uses including automotive, construction, appliance, medical, and industrial. TPV is a chemically cross-linked, high-performance material which leverages a unique combination of engineering thermoplastic and elastomer properties. The Santoprene™ portfolio is highly functionalized to specific application requirements and is supported by industry-leading intellectual property.

According to the terms of the definitive agreement, Celanese will acquire the Santoprene™ business from ExxonMobil for a total purchase price of $1.15 billion on a cash-free, debt-free basis. As part of the transaction, Celanese will acquire the following:

  • Santoprene™, Dytron™, and Geolast™ trademarks and product portfolios
  • All customer and supplier contracts and agreements
  • Two world-scale production facilities in Pensacola, Florida, U.S. and Newport, Wales, U.K. with over 190 kt of total annual production capacity
  • Comprehensive TPV intellectual property portfolio with associated technical and R&D assets
  • Approximately 350 highly-skilled employees including world-class manufacturing, technical, and commercial organization

The acquisition is expected to be financed by excess cash and available liquidity on the Celanese balance sheet.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, carve-out preparations, and other customary closing conditions, which will determine the timing of close. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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