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Henkel to Acquire US Adhesives Company Sovereign Specialty Chemicals

Published on 2004-10-07. Author : SpecialChem

Düsseldorf/Chicago -- On October 6, 2004 Henkel KGaA and Sovereign Specialty Chemicals, Inc., Chicago, Illinois/USA signed a definitive agreement under which Henkel will acquire all the shares in Sovereign Specialty Chemicals, Inc. from an investor group led by AEA Investors LLC. The transaction value of the acquisition is, including all debt and liabilities, approximately 575 million US dollars. The transaction, which is subject to approval from the antitrust authorities and the customary conditions, is expected to be completed by the end of 2004.

"The acquisition of Sovereign Specialty Chemicals strengthens our position in North America in an ideal way", says Ulrich Lehner, Chairman of the Management Board of Henkel KGaA. "We now gain an important position in the US craftsmen segment and achieve an excellent complement to our industrial businesses."

Sovereign Specialty Chemicals has a worldwide workforce of approximately 900 employees and had sales for the twelve months period ended June 30, 2004 of 391 million US dollars. Its product range encompasses technologically sophisticated adhesives, sealants and coating materials designed for various industrial applications as well as for the craftsmen and DIY market segment.

With nearly 90 percent of its sales in the US the company is a leading supplier in the American market. Two thirds of sales generated by Sovereign Specialty Chemicals relate to its industrial customers. Within this segment, the acquisition will serve to strengthen Henkel's activities in the packaging, graphic arts, woodworking, assembly and transportation markets. In the craftsmen and DIY segment, it will similarly enhance Henkel's position as a leading supplier of assembly adhesives.

"Henkel - A Brand like a Friend". Henkel is a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. The Henkel Group operates in three strategic business areas – Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesives, Sealants and Surface Treatment. In fiscal 2003 the Henkel Group generated sales of 9.436 billion euros and an operating profit (EBIT) of 706 million euros. More than 50,000 employees work for the Henkel Group worldwide. People in 125 countries around the world trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.

This information contains forward-looking statements based on the current beliefs and estimates of Henkel's management. They are not guarantees of future performance. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Henkel's ability to control or estimate precisely, such as future market and economic conditions and the behavior of other market participants. Henkel does not intend nor assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Source: Henkel


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