Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) and Clariant has announced they have completed the previously announced sale of their joint venture, ASK Chemicals GmbH headquartered in Hilden, Germany, to investment funds affiliated with Rhône, a London and New York-based private equity investment firm. The enterprise value of the transaction, before debt and assumed liabilities, amounts to €257 million. After adjusting for debt and assumed liabilities, total pre-tax proceeds to the sellers were €149 million, which includes €128 million in cash and a €21 million buyer note. Proceeds will be split evenly between Ashland and Clariant under terms of the 50/50 joint venture.
With 1,800 employees in 25 countries, ASK Chemicals is a leading foundry chemicals manufacturer. Its portfolio encompasses an exceptionally broad and innovative range of foundry resources such as binders, coatings, feeders, filters and release agents, as well as metallurgical products including inoculants, inoculation wires and master alloys for iron casting. In 2013, ASK Chemicals generated annual revenues of €513 million.