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Air Liquide in exclusive talks to sell Aqua Lung

October 5, 2016
Chemical Value Chain

French industrial gas supplier Air Liquide SA said Tuesday it had begun exclusive talks to sell its scuba diving-equipment-making unit Aqua Lung to Montagu Private Equity.

Air Liquide and Montagu didn’t disclose the price under negotiation.

The sale is part of an asset restructuring at Air Liquide following its $13 billion acquisition of U.S. rival Airgas earlier this year.

Aqua Lung, which was founded in the 1940s by the late French conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau, has 1,000 employees in around 90 countries. Its revenue in 2015 totaled 200 million euros ($224 million).

By Inti Landauro

Source: Market Watch

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