SAN FRANCISCO – May 16, 2019 – Golden Gate Capital, a leading private equity investment firm, today announced that ArrMaz, a global leader in specialty chemicals, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Arkema Group (“Arkema”) (PA:AKE) for approximately $570 million. Arkema is a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals and advanced materials used across a range of industries. ArrMaz’s management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Dave Keselica, will continue to lead ArrMaz after the transaction is completed.
ArrMaz is a trusted partner to the mining, crop nutrients, asphalt paving, and other growing industries worldwide, providing chemical process aids and additives formulated to improve their customers’ products and processes. For more than 50 years, ArrMaz has delivered customized chemical solutions, engineered application systems, expert technical and customer support, and superior responsiveness.
Dave Keselica said, “We are excited to join forces with Arkema after a successful long-term partnership with Golden Gate Capital. Under their ownership, we expanded and improved the technical performance of our core product suite, entered attractive new markets such as lithium flotation and proppant dust control, and expanded our research and development capabilities and facilities worldwide. We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with the highest quality chemical solutions and unrivaled end-to-end support as we enter this next chapter of our growth.”
Dave Thomas, Managing Director at Golden Gate Capital, said, “We thank Dave Keselica and the entire ArrMaz team for a fantastic partnership over the past six years. During that time, ArrMaz significantly expanded its global footprint, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, through acquisitions and new plant openings, while accelerating innovation across their markets. We are confident that Arkema will be a great partner for ArrMaz’s future growth.”
The transaction is expected to close in the summer of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions.
Lazard Middle Market and Moelis & Company acted as financial advisors to ArrMaz and Nob Hill Law Group, and Kirkland & Ellis served as legal advisors to Golden Gate Capital and ArrMaz. The Valence Group served as financial advisor to Arkema.
ArrMaz is a global leader in the production of specialty chemicals for the mining, crop nutrients, asphalt paving, and other growing industries worldwide. Since 1967, ArrMaz has formulated chemical process aids and additives to optimize our customers’ process performance and product quality. With headquarters in Mulberry, Florida, and multiple locations across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, ArrMaz serves customers globally. For more information about our company and products, visit us online at ArrMaz.com.
About Golden Gate Capital
Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with over $15 billion of capital under management. The principals of Golden Gate Capital have a long and successful history of investing across a wide range of industries and transaction types, including going-privates, corporate divestitures, and recapitalizations, as well as debt and public equity investments. Notable investments sponsored by Golden Gate Capital include Active Minerals, U.S. Silica, EP Minerals, ANGUS, Cole-Parmer and Vantage Elevator Solutions. For more information, visit www.goldengatecap.com.
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