Sector News

Axalta and Nippon Paint abandon deal talks

December 1, 2017
Chemical Value Chain

Axalta has ended merger discussions with Nippon Paint, a Japanese rival. Nippon Paint “informed Axalta that it was unwilling to meet our expectations regarding the value of the company and assume the financial leverage necessary for deal of this size,” Axalta says.

News of merger talks between Axalta and Nippon Paint broke on 22 November, one day after Axalta and AkzoNobel terminated their own merger discussions. Axalta could be worth as much as $43/share, according to Laurence Alexander, an analyst with Jefferies (New York). The exact size of Nippon’s bid for Axalta, which a Reuters report says was made on 21 November, has not been disclosed. Analysts speculated that Nippon’s bid would have had to total at least $36.50/share to prompt Axalta to end discussion with AkzoNobel.

The combined company would have generated about $8 billion/year in sales. Nippon Paint is the largest paint maker in Asia, while Axalta is a top-two global player in automotive coatings.

Shares in Axalta are currently trading at around $31, but dipped sharply after the termination of the talks was announced early this afternoon. Alexander says investor focus is likely to shift away from M&A, as discussions with Nippon and AkzoNobel went nowhere. “While some M&A premium may linger…for the most part we expect investors to shift their focus back to end-market trends, pricing, and small-bore consolidation opportunities,” he says.

By Vincent Valk

Source: Chemical Week

comments closed

Related News

October 1, 2023

INEOS announces the acquisition of the Eastman Texas City Site for ~$500 million

Chemical Value Chain

The deal includes the 600kt Acetic Acid plant and all associated third party activities on the site. Eastman and INEOS have also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to explore options for a long-term supply agreement for vinyl acetate monomer.

October 1, 2023

Executive Vice President Lucrèce Foufopoulos-De Ridder to leave Borealis

Chemical Value Chain

The Supervisory Board of Borealis has accepted the decision of Lucrèce Foufopoulos-De Ridder, EVP Polyolefins, Circular Economy Solutions and Innovation & Technology to step down from her executive position at Borealis, and the Board of Borouge Pte effective 31 December 2023 to pursue other career opportunities.

October 1, 2023

Sidel unveils new StarLiteR rPET solution

Chemical Value Chain

Sidel has launched a new 100% rPET bottle base, StarLiteR, aiming to help carbonated soft drink (CSD) packaging producers embrace material circularity. StarLiteR allows CDS producers to switch to rPET bottle production easily and efficiently, while significantly reducing the impact on product quality or packaging integrity.

How can we help you?

We're easy to reach