Eastman Chemical has agreed to acquire Sterling Chemicals, a single site North American petrochemical producer, for $100 million in cash, subject to modest deductions at closing as provided in the merger agreement.
The transaction, which includes Sterlings plasticizer and acetic acid manufacturing assets in Texas City, Texas, is expected to be accretive to Eastmans full-year 2012 earnings per share in excess of Eastmans cost of capital, the company said.
Eastman plans to modify and restart Sterlings currently idled plasticizer manufacturing facility to produce non-phthalate plasticizers, including Eastman 168 non-phthalate plasticizers.
This additional capacity will enable the companys performance chemicals and intermediates (PCI) segment to serve the growing market demand for non-phthalate alternatives.
In the North American and European non-phthalate plasticizers markets, total sales volume is expected to increase at a compounded annual rate of approximately 7% over the next five years.
This acquisition supports our growth strategy for our plasticizer product line, and will enable us to keep pace with the growing demand for non-phthalate alternatives, like our Eastman 168, said Ron Lindsay, executive vice president of performance chemicals and intermediates, and fibers.
The acquisition also includes Sterlings acetic acid production facility and its supply to BP Amoco Chemical Co. under a long-term production agreement.
The transaction, which has been approved by both boards of directors, is expected to be completed after receipt of required regulatory approvals, approval of Sterlings stockholders, and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, officials said.