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Ashland to acquire Hercules

Ashland to acquire International Specialty Products Inc. (ISP); broadens global leadership in specialty chemicals

Ashland to sell PVAc business; integrate ISP elastomer business


2008/7/11 Ashland

Ashland to acquire Hercules
  $3.3 billion transaction creates major, global specialty chemicals company

Ashland Inc. and Hercules Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Ashland would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Hercules for $18.60 per share in cash and 0.093 of a share of Ashland common stock for each share of Hercules common stock. The total transaction value is approximately $3.3 billion, or $23.01 per Hercules share based on Ashlands July 10 closing stock price and including $0.7 billion of net assumed debt. The transaction, which would create a major, global specialty chemicals company, is expected to close by the end of calendar 2008.

With sales in more than 100 countries, Ashland is a manufacturer of specialty chemicals, a leading distributor of chemicals and plastics, and a provider of automotive lubricants, car-care products and quick-lube services. Hercules is a leader in specialty additives and ingredients that modify the physical properties of water-based systems and is one of the worlds leading suppliers of specialty chemicals to the pulp and paper industry.

Ashland Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James J. OBrien said, The acquisition of Hercules fulfills our objective to become a leading specialty chemicals company. It creates a defined core for Ashland composed of three specialty chemical businesses with strong market positions and promising global growth potential: specialty additives and ingredients, paper and water technologies, and specialty resins. In addition, we expect our financial profile to be enhanced significantly through reduced earnings volatility, improved profitability and stronger cash flow generation.

 

In specialty additives and ingredients, Hercules' Aqualon business is one of the most recognized and admired specialty chemical brands in the world and brings Ashland a significant market position in rheology modifiers, which alter the physical properties of water-based systems. These additives are used across a wide range of industries to make everything from adhesives and paints to foods, pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Nearly all of Aqualons additive products are water soluble polymers derived from renewable materials. The combined company generates, on a pro forma basis, approximately one-third of EBITDA from bio-based or renewable chemistries.

We will combine the paper and water businesses of each company to create one global paper and water technologies business with annual revenue of $2 billion,said OBrien. In particular, Herculesleadership position in pulp and paper technologies bolsters our participation in one of the worlds largest water treatment markets. The combined businesses will provide the scale to leverage opportunities in other key water treatment markets including municipal, industrial and marine.

The third business within our new core - specialty resins - is one where Ashland has long enjoyed a strong reputation for innovation and service. A broader international footprint will offer the specialty resins business expanded global growth opportunities in key building and construction markets, including infrastructure and wind energy. In addition, our Distribution and Valvoline businesses provide complementary capabilities and share similar markets with the specialty chemical businesses,said OBrien.

 


Ashland Products:

Ashland Distribution is a leading distributor of chemicals, plastics, composite materials and environmental services in North America, and thermoplastics in Europe. Our people, processes, systems, distribution network and strategic relationships with raw material producers are focused on one thing - satisfying your needs and making sure that every order is on time, accurate and complete.

Ashland Performance Materials
We are a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of specialty chemicals and customized services to the building and construction, packaging and converting, transportation, marine and metal casting industries. We are a technology leader in
metal casting consumables and design services; unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins and gelcoats; and high-performance adhesives and specialty resins.

Ashland Water Technologies
Our Drew Industrial and Environmental and Process Solutions business units supply chemical and non-chemical water treatment solutions for industrial, commercial and institutional facilities. Our Drew Marine business provides boiler and cooling water treatments, fuel treatments, welding, refrigeration and sealing products, and fire, safety and rescue products for the merchant marine industry.

Valvoline
Serving more than 100 countries around the globe, Valvoline is a leading marketer, distributor and producer of quality branded automotive and industrial products and services. Products include
automotive lubricants including MaxLife, the first motor oil specifically formulated for higher-mileage vehicles; transmission fluids; gear oils; hydraulic lubricants; automotive chemicals; specialty products; greases, and cooling system products.


Hercules

Founded in 1912, Hercules Incorporated manufactures and markets chemical specialties globally used in making a variety of products for home, office, and industrial markets.

Our portfolio of businesses consists of two major operating segments: Aqualon Group and the Paper Technologies and Ventures Group.

Aqualon Group

Aqualon is a world leader in products that modify the physical properties of aqueous, or water-based, systems and the world's only pale wood rosin derivatives producer. Most of Aqualon's products are derived from renewable natural raw materials.

The Aqualon Group focuses its resources on three key growth markets:

Paper Technologies and Ventures Group

The Paper Technologies portion of this group is dedicated to providing superior products and services for the paper industry.

The Ventures portion is focused on expanding our businesses in four markets:

1950s
Expansion and Metamorphosis
Hercules finds new and expanding markets in petrochemicals.
Military and civilian space programs provide new growth opportunities for Hercules' chemical propulsion products.

1960s
Managing New Constraints
Hercules expands globally.
Large-scale investments increase capacity for making petrochemical commodities and fabricated materials;
  Hercules becomes the leading producer of dimethyl terephthalate (DMT)
  and polypropylene for resins, fibers and film.

1970s
Reorientation
Hercules moves away from petrochemical commodities toward specialty chemicals and aerospace products.
Environmental movement brings not only compliance challenges, but also new opportunities to develop products
 and technologies for solid waste treatment.

Prior to November 1, 1983, Hercules was a global manufacturer of polypropylene. Between 1981 and November 1, 1983, Hercules sold over $1 billion worth of polypropylene, and this amount consisted of 15% of plaintiff's net sales. Hercules, however, did not maintain the technology to economically produce polypropylene and, with the increase of oil costs, plaintiff decided to reduce its reliance on this product.

On November 1, 1983, plaintiff and an Italian corporation, Montedison, entered into a joint-venture agreement. The agreement created the corporation, Himont.
On February 12, 1987, Himont offered 22.6% of its common stock to the public in its initial public offering. Following this public offering,
Hercules' and Montedison's ownership shares of Himont fell to 38.7% each. In September 1987, Montedison threatened to take over Hercules if it did not sell its remaining shares in Himont. Montedison also agreed to pay a premium for the stock owned by Hercules. Hercules then agreed to sell its shares, and in 1987 Montedison paid Hercules $1,487,500,000, or $59.50 per share, resulting in a net capital gain to Hercules of $1,338,501,966.


2011/5/31 Ashland              Ashland to sell PVAc business; integrate ISP elastomer business

Ashland to acquire International Specialty Products Inc. (ISP); broadens global leadership in specialty chemicals

アシュランド社(Ashland Inc.、NYSE: ASH)とインターナショナル・スペシャルティ・プロダクツ社(International Specialty Products Inc.、ISP)は3日、アシュランドが革新的な機能性原料と技術を保有する世界的な特殊化学製品メーカーである非上場企業のISPを買収することで合 意したと発表した。株式購入合意によると、アシュランドはISP事業に対して約32億ドルを全額現金で支払う。合意が完了すれば、ISPの最先端製品ポー トフォリオは、個人医療、製薬、エネルギーなどの高成長市場におけるアシュランドの地位を拡大する。ISPは3月31日締めの過去1年間で、約16億ドル の売り上げと、支払利息・税金・減価償却・償却控除前利益(EBITDA)で約3億6000万ドルの収益があった。今回の取引はアシュランドの1株当たり 利益(EPS)を直ちに増やす見通しである。

ISPは消費者および生産市場向けの特殊化学製品とパフォーマンス向上製品の有力な世界的サプライヤーである。ISPは他社にない製品を通じて、ア シュランドの機能性原料ビジネスとともにアシュランドの食品・飲料、エネルギー、コーティング、固着剤、水処理の市場を補完する添加剤に高価値な水溶性ポ リマーやその他最先端技術をもたらす。買収によって、アシュランドの機能性原料の有効特許ポートフォリオと同社研究開発の科学者チームが大幅に強化される と期待されており、その結果、顧客が抱える製剤上の課題を解決する技術および応用能力を備えた世界的機能性原料ビジネスがより強化されることになる。

アシュランド社のジェームス・J・オブライエン会長兼最高経営責任者(CEO)は「今回の特徴的な取引によって、当社は個人医療や製薬などの高利益 率かつ高成長で、景気循環の影響を受けにくい世界市場における当社の市場ポジションを大幅に拡大することができる。この取引によって、アシュランドは50 億ドル以上のパーソナルケア向け機能性原料製品市場の大規模で急成長するセグメントであるスキン、ヘア、オーラルのケアなど魅力的な成長分野でプレゼンス が広げることになる。さらに、われわれは当社の最も利益率の高い機能性原料ビジネスの規模を2倍以上にすることを期待している」と語った。

ISPのスニル・クマール社長兼CEOは「われわれはISPがアシュランドと合併できる機会を大変喜んでいる。両社は革新的なソリューションと技術 で顧客にサービス提供することに全力を注いでいる。われわれはこのビジネスに対するアシュランドの情熱を高く評価するとともに、この合併が当社の顧客、主 要ビジネス・パートナー、雇員にとって多大な可能性をもたらすと確信している」と語った。

オブライエン会長はまた「われわれはISPの雇員をアシュランドに喜んで迎える。われわれのビジネスモデルは補完的であり、製剤、応用業務開発、ポ リメリゼーションにおける共通の能力を相互に保有している。われわれはクラス最高の製品の製造を実現する基礎的なプロセスとオペレーションをしっかりと身 につけている。両社のリーダーシップの質、買収前の統合の成功を考慮すれば、われわれは統合された企業へのスムーズな移行を達成できると確信している。わ れわれは前途に横たわる革新性と成長の機会に気持ちが高ぶっている」と語った。

2008/7/14 Ashland Hercules を買収

ISPは1942年、IG Ferbenから独立したGeneral Aniline & Filma(GAF)社の化学品部門として創業しました。以後、スペシャリティケミカル分野のメーカーとして独自のスタンスを確立。研究開発・ 製造販売からサービスにいたるマーケティングをグローバルな規模で展開し、世界中から高い信頼と評価を獲得してきました。

現在では米国に9工場、ドイツに1工場を擁し、さらにベルギーに新工場の整備を計画中。これらの生産拠点で生み出される特殊化学品は実に300アイテム以上。そのすべてが、世界70カ国を越える営業拠点から90カ国に展開するISP販売ネット を通じて、お客様に提供され、スキンケア・ヘアケア、医療、飲料、コーティング・洗浄剤・エンプラ原料などの多岐にわたって採用されています。

Ashland Inc. and International Specialty Products Inc. (ISP) today announced that Ashland has agreed to acquire privately owned ISP, a global specialty chemical manufacturer of innovative functional ingredients and technologies. Under the terms of the stock purchase agreement, Ashland will pay approximately $3.2 billion for the business in an all-cash transaction. At closing, ISPs advanced product portfolio will expand Ashlands position in high-growth markets such as personal care, pharmaceutical and energy. For the 12 months ended March 31, 2011, ISP generated sales of approximately $1.6 billion and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of approximately $360 million. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Ashlands earnings per share.

ISP is a leading global supplier of specialty chemicals and performance enhancing products for consumer and industrial markets. Through its unique offerings, ISP will bring high-value water soluble polymers and other advanced technologies into Ashlands functional ingredients business, as well as complementary additives for Ashlands food and beverage, energy, coatings, adhesives and water treatment markets. The acquisition is expected to significantly strengthen Ashlands functional ingredients active patent portfolio and its team of research and development scientists. The result will be a stronger, global functional ingredients business with proven technological and application capabilities to solve customersunique formulation challenges.

Ashland Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James J. OBrien said, This defining transaction enables us to significantly expand our market positions in higher margin, higher growth and less cyclical global markets like personal care and pharmaceuticals. It broadens Ashlands presence within attractive growth areas like skin, hair and oral care, which are large and fast-growing segments of the $5-billion-plus personal care specialty ingredients market. In addition, we expect to more than double the size of our highest-margin functional ingredients business.

ISP President and Chief Executive Officer Sunil Kumar said, We are very enthusiastic about the opportunity to combine ISP with Ashland. Both companies have a strong commitment to serving customers with innovative solutions and technologies. We appreciate Ashlands passion for this business and we believe this combination offers tremendous potential for our customers, key business partners and employees.

OBrien added, We look forward to welcoming ISPs employees to Ashland. Our business models are complementary and we share common capabilities in formulation, application development and polymerization. We are disciplined in the underlying processes and operations that enable us to manufacture best-in-class products. Given the quality of leadership within both businesses and our success with the integration of prior acquisitions, we are confident we will achieve a smooth transition to a combined company. We are excited about the opportunities for innovation and growth that lie ahead of us.

Transaction Details
On a pro forma basis giving effect to the transaction, Ashland would have had combined revenue for the 12 months ended March 31, 2011, of approximately $7.6 billion, with nearly half of revenues generated outside North America.
 The newly combined functional ingredients business is expected to contribute roughly half of Ashlands $1.1-billion pro forma EBITDA.

Ashland expects to realize annualized run-rate cost savings of approximately $50 million by the second year following the transactions close through eliminating redundancies and capturing operational efficiencies.

The transaction, which is expected to close prior to the end of the September quarter, is subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and receipt of U.S. and European Union regulatory approvals. The purchase price will be subject to post-closing adjustments for changes in net working capital and certain other items. The transaction will be funded through a combination of cash on hand and committed financing from Citi, The Bank of Nova Scotia, BofA Merrill Lynch and U.S. Bank National Association, subject to customary terms and conditions.

Under the terms of the stock purchase agreement, if the financing is not available and the other conditions to closing are satisfied, ISP has the right to terminate the agreement and require Ashland to pay a fee of $413 million.

BofA Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisor, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP acted as legal counsel, to Ashland. Moelis & Company acted as financial advisor, and Sullivan and Cromwell LLP acted as legal counsel, to ISP.

About Ashland Inc.
In more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland Inc. provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Our chemistry is at work every day in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, personal care, pharmaceutical, tissue and towel, and water treatment. Visit www.ashland.com to see the innovations we offer through our four commercial units - Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients, Ashland Hercules Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials and Ashland Consumer Markets (Valvoline).

About International Specialty Products Inc.
International Specialty Products Inc. (ISP) is a leading global supplier of specialty chemicals and performance-enhancing products for a wide variety of consumer and industrial markets including personal care, pharmaceuticals, beverage, home care, coatings & adhesives, energy, agriculture, plastics, tires and others. Through its network of manufacturing sites, ISP produces more than 500 specialty chemicals, which it markets and sells worldwide. ISP has more that 275 scientists worldwide including global research centers in Wayne, New Jersey; Sofia Antipolis, France; Bradford, UK; Hyderabad, India and Shanghai, China. The company's headquarters is located in Wayne, New Jersey, USA.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures
This news release includes certain non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S.) and pro forma measures. Such measurements are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be construed as an alternative to reported results determined in accordance with GAAP. Management believes the use of such non-GAAP and pro forma measures assists investors in understanding the ongoing operating performance of the combined company and its segments. The non-GAAP and pro forma information provided may not be consistent with the methodologies used by other companies. All non-GAAP amounts for Ashland have been previously reconciled with reported GAAP results.