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Solenis to acquire Diversey

Speciality chemicals manufacturer Solenis has agreed to buy cleaning, infection prevention and hygiene giant Diversey. The $4.6 billion all-cash deal should be completed in 2H, subject to approval by Diversey shareholders, and will remove Diversey from public ownership. Both boards have backed it.

Solenis completes Peru buy

Solenis has completed the acquisition of Lima-based Grand Invest Group, including all its production assets. This is the fifth add-on acquisition since Platinum Equity acquired Solenis itself in 2021, with more potentially to come. Terms were not disclosed.

Solenis chooses home turf for R&D expansion

Aided by $4 million in state grant funds, Solenis is to move its R&D operations to Building 713 at Chestnut Run Innovation & Science Park (CRISP, pictured) in its home state of Delaware. This $40 million expansion comes “in response to increasing market demand for its sustainability-focused products and expertise and with an eye toward long-term growth”, the company said.

Paper buy for Solenis

Solenis has agreed to acquire the paper process chemicals business of Kolb Distribution, a unit of KLK Kolb. Terms were not disclosed.The deal includes a long-term supply agreement, in which KLK Kolb will manufacture paper process chemicals exclusively for Solenis.

This is the fourth acquisition made by Solenis since Platinum Equity acquired it last year. The two firms will operate independently until closing, which is expected to be by the end of Q1 2023, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.

Solenis sale creates water treatment giant

As rumoured last month, BASF and private equity investor Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) have exited their joint ownership of paper and water treatment chemicals company Solenis, by selling it to Platinum Equity. Solenis will be merged with Platinum’s existing subsidiary Sigura, creating a player in water treatment with $3.5 billion/year in sales.

Solenis for sale?

According to a report on Bloomberg that cited unnamed people involved, BASF and its private equity partner, Clayton Dubilier & Rice  (CD&R), are considering an exit from water treatment specialist Solenis and have been in talks with several special purpose acquisition companies. A price in the region of $5 billion is reportedly being sought. Neither party has commented on this speculation.

Solenis takes over BASF business

Solenis, which was formerly part of Ashland, has completed the transfer of BASF’s paper wet-end and water chemicals, after all of the relevant regulatory approvals were received.

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