PTT Global Buys European Chemicals Maker for $4.75 Billion
(Bloomberg) -- Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical Pcl will acquire Allnex Holding GmbH, a European specialty chemicals maker owned by private equity firm Advent International, for 4 billion euros ($4.75 billion) to scale up its presence in the high-value chemicals products.
PTT Global will acquire 100% common stocks of Allnex Holding for 132.6 billion baht, or 3.58 billion euros, from Advent International and also assume 426 million euros of loans, it said in an exchange filing on Monday. The company will finance the acquisition through own cash and with support from its parent PTT Pcl, it said.
“PTT Global has so much excess cash that would help fund their aggressive expansion and acquisitions,” said Naphat Chantaraserekul, an analyst at Krungsri Securities Co. “The acquisition cost looks high from our review of Allnex’s recent earnings.”
PTT Global dropped 6.4%, the most since Apirl 2020, to close at 54.75 baht. Shares of PTT, Thailand’s biggest company by market value, closed 0.7% lower at 37 baht.
PTT Global and its main local rivals -- Indorama Ventures Pcl and Siam Cement Pcl -- have stepped up overseas acquisitions and investments in recent years to expand their production of chemical materials used for plastic packaging, bottles and other products. PTT Global’s Allnex purchase will be the biggest overseas acquisition by a Thai company since Thai Beverage Pcl’s takeover of Fraser and Neave Ltd. in 2012, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Global refiners have been making inroads into the plastic and specialty chemical sectors in search of better profit margins. With the rising electrification of cars and a slowdown in oil-demand growth, more fuel producers across China and India are also turning their focus to petrochemicals rather than gasoline and diesel.
Petrochemicals are set to be the biggest source of oil-demand growth over the medium-term, overshadowing an increase in transport fuels consumption, according to the International Energy Agency. Demand for raw materials used to make petrochemicals -- namely ethane, liquefied petroleum gas and naphtha -- is expected to expand through 2026, it wrote in a report.
PTT Global expects to complete the Allnex transaction in December. The company signed a agreement with PTT, the state-controlled energy giant, for as much as 73.9 billion baht of loans to fund its investment in high-value business, it said in a separate statement. The 2-year loan will have an interest rate of as much as 2.5% a year, it said.
The company’s cash and new loans will be enough for Allnex Holding acquisition, PTT Global it said in a seperate statement, adding it will not seek to sell new shares to fund the purchase.
With about revenue of 2 billion euros and about 4,000 employees worldwide, Allnex is a major producer of key industrial coating segments, including industrial metal, automotive, and packaging, Advent International said in a statement. Allnex manages a global production network of 33 manufacturing sites, it said.
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