Grace Agrees to Purchase Dow’s UNIPOL™ Polypropylene Process Technology
Licensing and Catalysts Business
COLUMBIA, Md. -- October 11, 2013
W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) announced that it has signed a definitive
agreement to acquire the assets of the UNIPOL™ Polypropylene Licensing and
Catalysts business of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) for a cash purchase
price of $500 million. The transaction is expected to close by year end,
pending regulatory approvals.
Dow’s UNIPOL™ licensing and catalysts systems business offers industry-leading
UNIPOL™ Polypropylene Process Technology, which includes the advanced process
control UNIPOL UNIPPAC™ Process Control software, SHAC™ Catalysts Systems, and
6^th Generation non-phthalate CONSISTA™ Catalysts Systems.
Grace is a leading supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and has the
broadest portfolio of polyolefin catalyst technologies of any independent
polyethylene/polypropylene catalyst producer.
“The addition of Dow’s world-class polypropylene products and process
technology is a significant enhancement of Grace’s market-leading catalysts
franchise,” said Grace Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Fred Festa. “The
agreement reflects Grace’s continuing commitment to invest in our catalyst
businesses, particularly in technology. This acquisition strengthens our
ability to provide polypropylene catalyst solutions to our customers around
Grace was advised on the transaction by Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P.
Grace will address the acquisition during the company’s Third Quarter 2013
earnings conference call scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, at 11:00 a.m.
ET. Access to the live webcast and the accompanying slides will be available
through the Investor Information section of the company’s website,
Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts; engineered and packaging
materials; and, specialty construction chemicals and building materials. The
company’s three industry-leading business segments—Grace Catalysts
Technologies, Grace Materials Technologies and Grace Construction
Products—provide innovative products, technologies and services that enhance
the quality of life. Grace employs approximately 6,500 people in over 40
countries and had 2012 net sales of $3.2 billion. More information about Grace
is available at www.grace.com.
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W. R. Grace & Co.
Rich Badmington, +1 410-531-4370
Mark Sutherland, +1 410-531-4590
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