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Celanese & Blackstone to form $1.3 bn JV in acetate tow

Proposed JV to combine Celanese's cellulose derivatives and Blackstone's Rhodia Acetow businesses

BS B2B Bureau  |  Dallas, USA 

Celanese & Blackstone to form $1.3 bn JV in acetate tow

Specialty materials company Corporation and funds managed by Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms, have signed a definitive agreement to form a JV that will create a global supplier. and will own 70 percent and 30 percent of the JV, respectively.

Under the terms of the agreement, will contribute its Cellulose Derivatives business unit, including its equity interest in existing JVs with China National Tobacco Corporation, and will contribute its Rhodia Acetow business unit, which it recently acquired from Solvay. The new company is expected to generate 2017 annual pro forma revenue of approximately $1.3 billion with around 2,400 employees. The JV will have an extended global footprint that includes eight wholly-owned manufacturing facilities and three existing JV sites.

The new company will be well positioned to meet customers’ current and evolving needs efficiently while providing the highest level of quality and service. The complementary nature of the tow businesses and a combination of technology expertise will result in synergies mainly from optimisation of supply chain networks and procurement of raw materials, energy, equipment, and other services.

Related to this transaction, commitments for $2.2 billion of debt have been received by the partners on behalf of the JV. The debt is expected to be supported by cash generation at the JV and is largely non-recourse to and An initial dividend of approximately $1.6 billion will be distributed to following the formation of the JV. 

The formation of the JV is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, which will determine the timing of close. Until then, Celanese’s Cellulose Derivatives and Blackstone’s Rhodia Acetow will continue to operate independently.

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Celanese & Blackstone to form $1.3 bn JV in acetate tow

Proposed JV to combine Celanese's cellulose derivatives and Blackstone's Rhodia Acetow businesses

Proposed JV to combine Celanese's cellulose derivatives and Blackstone's Rhodia Acetow businesses
Specialty materials company Corporation and funds managed by Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms, have signed a definitive agreement to form a JV that will create a global supplier. and will own 70 percent and 30 percent of the JV, respectively.

Under the terms of the agreement, will contribute its Cellulose Derivatives business unit, including its equity interest in existing JVs with China National Tobacco Corporation, and will contribute its Rhodia Acetow business unit, which it recently acquired from Solvay. The new company is expected to generate 2017 annual pro forma revenue of approximately $1.3 billion with around 2,400 employees. The JV will have an extended global footprint that includes eight wholly-owned manufacturing facilities and three existing JV sites.

The new company will be well positioned to meet customers’ current and evolving needs efficiently while providing the highest level of quality and service. The complementary nature of the tow businesses and a combination of technology expertise will result in synergies mainly from optimisation of supply chain networks and procurement of raw materials, energy, equipment, and other services.

Related to this transaction, commitments for $2.2 billion of debt have been received by the partners on behalf of the JV. The debt is expected to be supported by cash generation at the JV and is largely non-recourse to and An initial dividend of approximately $1.6 billion will be distributed to following the formation of the JV. 

The formation of the JV is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, which will determine the timing of close. Until then, Celanese’s Cellulose Derivatives and Blackstone’s Rhodia Acetow will continue to operate independently.
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Celanese & Blackstone to form $1.3 bn JV in acetate tow

Proposed JV to combine Celanese's cellulose derivatives and Blackstone's Rhodia Acetow businesses

Specialty materials company Corporation and funds managed by Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms, have signed a definitive agreement to form a JV that will create a global supplier. and will own 70 percent and 30 percent of the JV, respectively.

Under the terms of the agreement, will contribute its Cellulose Derivatives business unit, including its equity interest in existing JVs with China National Tobacco Corporation, and will contribute its Rhodia Acetow business unit, which it recently acquired from Solvay. The new company is expected to generate 2017 annual pro forma revenue of approximately $1.3 billion with around 2,400 employees. The JV will have an extended global footprint that includes eight wholly-owned manufacturing facilities and three existing JV sites.

The new company will be well positioned to meet customers’ current and evolving needs efficiently while providing the highest level of quality and service. The complementary nature of the tow businesses and a combination of technology expertise will result in synergies mainly from optimisation of supply chain networks and procurement of raw materials, energy, equipment, and other services.

Related to this transaction, commitments for $2.2 billion of debt have been received by the partners on behalf of the JV. The debt is expected to be supported by cash generation at the JV and is largely non-recourse to and An initial dividend of approximately $1.6 billion will be distributed to following the formation of the JV. 

The formation of the JV is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, which will determine the timing of close. Until then, Celanese’s Cellulose Derivatives and Blackstone’s Rhodia Acetow will continue to operate independently.

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