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Nouryon to spin-out its base chemicals business, Nobian, strengthening focus on key growth end-markets

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Nouryon to spin-out its base chemicals business, Nobian, strengthening focus on key growth end-markets

May 06, 2021 - 11:34
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AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands , May 6, 2021 (Press Release) -Nouryon, a global specialty chemicals leader, announced today its intention to spin-out its base chemicals business, Nobian, into a separate company that will remain under the ownership of Nouryon’s equity owners, The Carlyle Group and GIC.

The separation is expected to be completed by early Q3, following the receipt of all relevant approvals, including final Board approval. Nouryon intends to reduce its own debt with proceeds received from a planned external financing by Nobian.

When completed, the transaction will result in two separate companies, each well positioned for growth in their respective focus areas:

  • Nouryon, a global leader providing essential, sustainable solutions for manufacturing everyday products. These include personal care, cleaning goods, paints and coatings, agriculture and food, pharmaceuticals, and building products. The company employs about 7,900 people (excluding Nobian) in over 80 countries and had revenues in 2020 of €3.7 billion.
  • Nobian, a European leader in the production of essential base chemicals for industries ranging from construction and cleaning to pharmaceuticals and water treatment. The company employs about 1,600 people and had revenues in 2020 of €1.0 billion.

"In 2020, Nouryon announced a new company strategy to grow our leading positions and exceed our customers’ expectations by delivering innovative, sustainable solutions that meet society’s everyday needs. This intended spin-out is a logical next step for Nouryon and Nobian,” said Charlie Shaver, Chairman and CEO of Nouryon. “The separation will create two powerful, best-in-class companies, each owned by Carlyle and GIC, and each with a compelling and distinct strategic focus.”

Following the intended separation, Nobian’s Board of Directors will be comprised of members from Carlyle, GIC and Nouryon’s executive leadership team. Nobian will continue to pursue its current strategic path as it evolves to a stand-alone company. To help ensure a seamless transformation, Nouryon will provide transitional support services across multiple functional areas.

About Nouryon

Nouryon is a global, specialty chemicals leader. Markets and consumers worldwide rely on our essential solutions to manufacture everyday products, such as personal care, cleaning goods, paints and coatings, agriculture and food, pharmaceuticals, and building products. Furthermore, the dedication of more than 9,700 employees (including Nobian) with a shared commitment to our customers, business growth, safety, sustainability and innovation has resulted in a consistently strong financial performance. We operate in over 80 countries around the world with a portfolio of industry-leading brands. Visit our website and follow us @Nouryon and on LinkedIn.

About Nobian

Nobian is a European leader in the production of essential base chemicals for industries ranging from construction and cleaning to pharmaceuticals and water treatment. We excel in the safe and reliable supply of high-purity salt, chlor-alkali and chloromethanes, thanks to our integrated value chain with modern production sites in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. Going back to the first salt production in 1918, our approximately 1,600 employees continue to innovate every day to become safer, more efficient and sustainable and ensure the essential products of today will still enrich our lives tomorrow. Nobian is wholly owned by Nouryon.