FRANKFURT (Reuters) – US chemicals maker Dow Inc has put German infrastructure assets up for sale in a potential 800 million euros ($ 966 million) deal as it seeks cash to invest elsewhere, sources close to the matter told Reuters.
Chief Executive James Fitterling said last month that Dow would continue to take infrastructure companies off its balance sheet and use the funds for capital expenditures, smaller acquisitions or share buybacks.
While Dow will sell the infrastructure at its petrochemical site in Stade, Schkopau und Boehlen, Dow will continue to produce plastics and intermediates there, paying usage fees to the new owners. Dow is a major user but not the only one operating in the three chemical parks.
Chemical parks typically provide the infrastructure for electricity, steam, natural gas and other services for the producers who live there.
“Dow has notified employees in Germany that they are exploring opportunities regarding specific site infrastructure assets and services at the Stade, Schkopau and Boehlen locations, but no final decisions have yet been made,” said a company spokesman.
In a similar 2019 deal, Bayer and Lanxess sold integrated chemical site operator Currenta to Macquarie in a 3.5 billion euro deal.
Dow has delivered packages of information to potential bidders including KKR, Blackstone, BlackRock, Brookfield Asset Management, Macquarie, First Sentier and DIF Capital Partners, the sources said.
The business is marketed with annual sales figures of 300 million euros with a core profit of around 65 million euros.
Bidders can value infrastructure assets at around 12-13 times core revenue, the source added.
Dow is working with Morgan Stanley on the divestment, the sources said.
Morgan Stanley declined to comment.
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Additional reporting by Arathy Nair; Edited by David Goodman