Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Indorama Ventures to Purchase INVISTA Spartanburg, S.C. and Queretaro, Mexico Polyester Businesses

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire PET polymer and resins manufacturing facilities located in Spartanburg, S.C. and Querétaro, Mexico from certain subsidiaries of INVISTA B.V.

“This planned acquisition will allow IVL to build upon our expanding global platform, make the company the largest PET producer in the world, and deliver on our strategy to enter into new higher growth regions like Central and Latin America”

The total value of the acquisition will be $420 million less certain assumed liabilities, and includes $229 million for the net fixed assets and equity interests, as well as $174 million for the net working capital of the business, subject to customary adjustments at closing. The transaction is expected to be financed from a combination of cash on hand, amounts available under existing credit facilities and additional debt. The parties anticipate the transaction will close in the first quarter of 2011, pending receipt of necessary regulatory approvals.

INVISTA’s Spartanburg, South Carolina facility produces polyester resins used in bottles for carbonated soft drinks, water, beer, juice, and wine; food and custom-container applications, and polyester staple fiber and specialty polymers for a variety of applications. The Spartanburg operation has a total capacity of 470 kMT per annum. Approximately 490 people are employed at the site.

INVISTA’s Querétaro, Mexico facility produces polyester resins and polyester staple similar to that produced at INVISTA’s Spartanburg operation. Querétaro has a total capacity of 535 kMT per annum. Approximately 510 people are employed at the site.

The combination positions Indorama Ventures as the world’s leading producer of PET and enables IVL to better meet its customers’ needs. In North America, the acquisition complements Indorama Ventures’ existing PET manufacturing site at Asheboro, N.C. (StarPET) and its state-of-the-art MTR PET Resin facility at Decatur, Alabama (AlphaPET). Additional benefits for IVL will include:

* Access to new customers and markets via Querétaro
* Entry into the U.S. specialty PET fibers market via Spartanburg
* Enhancement of research and development capabilities
* Benefit from integration with IVL’s existing facilities, including AlphaPET and StarPET
* Increased production flexibility

The transaction is expected to be accretive to IVL’s earnings in the first full year of acquisition (pre-synergies). Indorama Ventures believes that there is a further opportunity to create value for its shareholders through synergy capture.

“We believe INVISTA’s Spartanburg and Querétaro businesses complement Indorama Ventures’ existing U.S. business,” said Chris Hamman, president of INVISTA Polymer & Resins. “I want to extend thanks and appreciation to all INVISTA employees involved in our polymer and resins business for their dedication through this process, and for building a business that so capably delivers innovation and value to its customers.”

“This planned acquisition will allow IVL to build upon our expanding global platform, make the company the largest PET producer in the world, and deliver on our strategy to enter into new higher growth regions like Central and Latin America,” said Aloke Lohia, Group Chief Executive Officer of Indorama Ventures. “We believe these valuable assets will further strengthen our capability and reinforce our ongoing commitment to the PET and Fiber business. We are truly excited as such million ton opportunities are seldom available. Furthermore, INVISTA’s innovative products and a recognized brand will allow Indorama Ventures to enhance its value proposition to its customers and stakeholders, considering the depth of management and knowledge that reside at these facilities supporting manufacturing, R&D and Post Consumer Recycling (PCR),” added Mr. Lohia.

It is currently anticipated that essentially all of INVISTA’s Polymer & Resins’ operations, marketing, sales, customer service, and research and development staff associated with the Spartanburg and Querétaro operations will be employed by Indorama after the sale is finalized, along with INVISTA Polymer & Resins’ staff associated with that portion of the business based at administrative offices in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Santa Fe, Mexico.

INVISTA Polymer & Resins’ Wilmington, N.C. site is not a part of the transaction, nor is INVISTA’s European Polymer & Resins business, which includes manufacturing operations in Gersthofen, Germany. INVISTA will also retain certain intellectual property related to the polymer and resins business.

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor, Lowenstein Sandler PC acted as lead counsel, and Jáuregui Navarrete y Nader, S.C. served as Mexican counsel to IVL on this transaction. On behalf of INVISTA, Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated acted as exclusive financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP acted as lead counsel.

About Indorama Ventures

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, listed in Thailand (Bloomberg ticker IVL.TB), is a leading producer in the polyester value chain in Thailand with strong global network and manufacturing across Asia, Europe and North America. Its products serve major players in diversified end use markets, including food, beverages, personal and home care, health care, automotives, textile, and industrial. The company’s main products are PTA, PET and Polyester fiber, which are distributed across the world. IVL has approximately 3,500 employees worldwide and annual consolidated revenue of $2.3 billion in 2009. www.INDORAMAVENTURES.com


INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. With a business presence in over 20 countries, INVISTA’s global businesses deliver exceptional value for their customers through technology innovations, market insights and a powerful portfolio of global trademarks including: ADI-PURE®, ANTRON®, AVORA®, C12™, COMFOREL®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, CORFREE®, DACRON®, DBE®, DYTEK®, FRESHFX®, LYCRA®, PERFORMA™, POLARGUARD®, POLYSHIELD®, POLYCLEAR®, SOLARMAX®, STAINMASTER®, SUPPLEX®, SUPRIVA™, TACTEL®, TACTESSE®, TERATE®, TERATHANE® and THERMOLITE®. www.INVISTA.com.

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