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ENI explores options for Versalis, including JV

October 23, 2015
Chemical Value Chain

ENI (Rome), Italy’s energy major, has confirmed that it is looking for options for its chemicals subsidiary Versalis (Milan).

Responding to media reports that ENI is planning to sell the unit, Claudio Descalzi, ENI CEO said, “We are looking for a joint venture to extract value from the business.” Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported earlier this week that ENI is working with Barclays on a potential sale of Versalis, which may raise €1 billion ($1.1 billion). Several private equity firms may be interested in bidding for the unit, it said.

Versalis has achieved a major turnaround since its creation some three years ago. The restructuring includes reducing petrochemicals capacity in Italy and the United Kingdom, converting some of its assets to biobased chemicals, and a significant push into Asia. The company is now profitable and plans to complete its transformation as soon as possible. Versalis in the first half of last year lost €182 million and in the first six months of 2015 made a profit of €95 million.

By Natasha Alperowicz

Source: Chemical Week

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