Further Expansion of the Performance Materials Business Unit
Speciality chemicals distributor DKSH AG (Zurich, Switzerland) has announced the acquisition of a majority share in specialty chemicals distributor Shanghai Right Base Chemicals Co. Ltd. [“RBC”] (Shanghai, China) from majority shareholder and General Manager Windy Wang and her co-investors for an undisclosed sum. The initial transaction involves the transfer of a 70% stake, with the remaining shares to be bought in five years.
Founded in 1994, RBC and its 60 employees cover the Eastern, Central, and South-Western regions of the Chinese market. The company primarily distributes Additives, Resins, and Colorants for Paints & Coating and Inks. With net sales of approx. EUR 23 mn (ca. CHF 25 mn at 1.00 CHF = 7.00 CNY) RBC has what DKSH describes as a “sound profitability and return on capital”. The investment is expected to be immediately earnings-accretive.
Closing of the transaction is expected for Q4-2021. It is subject to certain customary closing conditions, DKSH said in the announcement. No further financial details were disclosed on the transaction.
Source: DKSH press release
HGE / DCG – 03.11.2021
Continued Consolidation in the U.S. Distribution Market
U.S. regional full-line distributor JNS-Smithchem, LLC (Paterson, NJ – United States) recently announced the acquisition of CheMarCo, Inc. (Greenville, SC – United States), a distributor of specialty chemicals with regional activities in the southeastern part of the country. CheMarCo was established in 1981 and besides additives from ca. 30 suppliers also distributes technical equipment.
The combined distribution territory covers 26 states, including the entire east coast, from New England to Florida and west to Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. The product lines focus on the Paints, Coatings, Inks, Adhesives, Building Materials, Plastics and Rubber amongst others. In 2019, JNS-Smithchem alone had sales of ca. USD 30 mn.
No financial details were disclosed on the transaction.
Source: JNS-Smithchem website, CheMarCo website
HGE – DCG / 08.02.2021
Private Equity owned Distribution Group further expands Asia-Pacific Coverage and enters Philippines
Specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor Azelis S.A. (Munsbach, Luxembourg) has recently announced that it will acquire a majority of the shares of Assi Primera Kimika Inc. [“APKI”] and Phil-Asiatic Supply & Services Inc. [“PSSI”] (Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila – Philippines), two distributors of specialty chemicals. No financial details were disclosed on the transaction, which is expected to close during the next three months.
APKI and PSSI, which were established in 2007 by Mr. Mohd Kassim bin Salleh and the late Ms. Cris S. Aquino, are primarily focused on the Personal Care industry, but are also active in Home Care, Paints & Coatings, Construction Chemicals, Inks and certain industrial chemical markets.
In the annoucement Azelis stressed that “… principals have already expressed interest in building a strong portfolio with us in the country once we enter into this partnership, also in industries other than the ones where APKI and PSSI are currently active.”
Source: Azelis press release
HGE – DCG / 18.01.2021