Ashland Inc. To Sell Its Business To TPG Capital

Chemical distributor announced it has signed an agreement to sell its global distribution business to TPG Capital for $930 million.

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Ashland Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its global distribution business, known for many years as Ashland Distribution, to TPG Capital for $930 million.

Commenting on the transaction, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James J. O’Brien said, “This divestiture reflects Ashland’s strategic direction and completes a major step in our multi-year transformation into a high-performing specialty chemicals company. Our overall goal remains to return maximum long-term value to our shareholders. For TPG, the purchase of Ashland Distribution represents an opportunity to acquire an industry-leading distributor with an established network of suppliers. I believe the outlook for the distribution business and its employees will be much stronger as part of an organization targeting growth within the distribution marketplace.”

The Ashland Distribution business has been a part of Ashland for more than 40 years. With revenues today of $3.4 billion, the Ashland Distribution business has approximately 2,000 employees across North America and Europe, and entered the China plastics market in 2009. Ashland Distribution has partnerships with many of the world’s leading chemical manufacturers, and adds value to products by delivering against customers’ needs.

The transaction is expected to close prior to the end of the March quarter, dependent upon the receipt of certain regulatory approvals and other standard closing conditions.

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