Synthomer plc’s €78 million acquisition of Perstorp Oxo Belgium AB


Synthomer plc, a leading speciality chemicals company, announced the acquisition of Perstorp Oxo Belgium AB (‘Perstorp Belgium’) from The Perstorp Group, a speciality chemicals innovator and supplier based in Sweden.

Synthomer will pay an enterprise value of €78 million which will be fully funded from existing financial resources. The acquisition, which completed on 5 March, represents a multiple of 8.5x 2016 Adjusted EBITDA(1). This is expected to fall to approximately 7.0x EBITDA post integration reflecting operational efficiencies and increased volumes to existing customers. Perstorp Belgium will be consolidated into Synthomer’s results from March 2017.

In the year to 31 December 2016, Perstorp Belgium generated reported earnings before interest and tax of €8 million. At 31 December 2016, Perstorp Belgium had gross assets of €21 million.

Perstorp Belgium is a niche performance additives business serving the decorative and industrial coatings industries. It has strong market leadership positions (#1 or #2) and serves a highly attractive, blue-chip customer base. The business operates from a well located, single site in Ghent, Belgium where there is potential for growth capacity for future demand.

Perstorp Belgium is highly complementary to Synthomer’s existing markets and customers. The Group will focus on expanding Perstorp Belgium’s market position by developing closer relationships with customers through leveraging its existing sales and technical services infrastructure, and driving operational performance.

Jones Day has advised The Perstorp Group on the sale with a team led by Thomas De Muynck.

Involved fees earner: Thomas De Muynck – Jones Day;

Law Firms: Jones Day;

Clients: Perstorp Holding AB;