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Eastman completes acquisition of Solutia
Jul '12
Eastman Chemical Company announced the completion of its acquisition of Solutia Inc. The approximately $4.8 billion acquisition supports Eastman’s growth strategy to increase revenues and profit margins by expanding the company’s geographic reach; especially in emerging markets, and establishing a more diverse and sustainable product portfolio. Eastman expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive to earnings, excluding acquisition-related costs and charges.

“We are pleased to complete this transaction and welcome Solutia to the global Eastman team,” said Jim Rogers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eastman.

“The addition of these strong businesses, unique technologies, and highly differentiated products is expected to contribute strong cash generation and a solid return on capital to Eastman.

“We are confident this acquisition strengthens our position as a top-tier specialty chemicals company and establishes a powerful combined platform with significant opportunities for organic growth. We are committed to the successful integration of Solutia and look forward to delivering the projected growth and synergies from this combination.”

With the acquisition of Solutia, Eastman has made structural and reporting changes resulting in five reporting segments: Additives and Functional Products, Adhesives and Plasticizers, Advanced Materials, Fibers, and Specialty Fluids and Intermediates. This structure takes into consideration the strategies, operating models, and sales channels that the various businesses employ to be leaders in their respective markets.

  • Additives and Functional Products consists of the rubber materials product lines from Solutia’s former Technical Specialties segment and the specialty polymers and solvents product lines of Eastman’s former Coatings, Adhesives, Specialty Polymers and Inks (CASPI) segment.
  • Adhesives and Plasticizers consists of the plasticizer product lines of Eastman’s former Performance Chemicals and Intermediates (PCI) segment and the adhesives product lines formerly in its CASPI segment.
  • Advanced Materials consists of Eastman’s former Specialty Plastics segment and Solutia’s former Performance Films and Advanced Interlayers segments.
  • Fibers, which continues to consist of the acetate tow, acetate yarn, and acetyl product lines.
  • Specialty Fluids and Intermediates consists of the specialty fluids product lines from Solutia’s former Technical Specialties segment and Eastman’s oxo and acetyl intermediates product lines of its former PCI segment.

Solutia’s Photovoltaics business will be managed as a developing business initiative and reported as “other” sales and operating earnings (loss).

The company will report third quarter 2012 financial results under the new reporting structure.

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