Downers Grove, Ill., March 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) ("Univar Solutions") today announced it completed the divestiture of the plastics distribution business of Nexeo Solutions ("Nexeo Plastics") to an affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners, LLC ("One Rock") for a purchase price of $640 million, subject to customary closing adjustments. As previously announced, the net cash proceeds of the transaction – approximately $615 million – will be immediately utilized to pay down Univar Solutions debt.
Nexeo Plastics is a leading global distributor of a broad range of plastics products, including polymer products and engineering resins, to plastics processors in more than 60 countries worldwide.
Univar Solutions president and CEO, David Jukes, said, "Completing the divestiture of Nexeo Plastics ahead of schedule is a major accomplishment for Univar Solutions, enabling us to focus fully on the core chemical distribution business and significant value creation opportunities of our newly combined company. We wish our former colleagues well."
Tony W. Lee, Managing Partner of One Rock, commented, "We see tremendous growth opportunity for Nexeo Plastics as a stand-alone plastics distribution business. Our team looks forward to working alongside management to deepen the company's relationships with customers and supplier partners."
One Rock Managing Partner R. Scott Spielvogel added, "One Rock'soperational support and deep knowledge of the plastics and distribution industries will enable us to further enhance Nexeo Plastics' capabilities and unlock the company's full potential."
"Our partnership with One Rock and new structure as a pure-play plastics distribution business will allow us to focus our talent and resources on expanding our service offering for our suppliers and customers worldwide," said Shawn D. Williams, CEO, Nexeo Plastics.
For Univar, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as financial advisor, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as legal counsel. For Nexeo Solutions, Moelis & Company LLC served as financial advisor, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP served as legal counsel. For One Rock, Jefferies LLC served as financial advisor, and Latham & Watkins LLP and Hogan Lovells US LLP served as legal counsel.
About Univar Solutions
Univar Solutions (NYSE: UNVR) is a leading global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value added services to customers across a wide range of industries. With the industry's largest private transportation fleet and North American sales force, a vast supplier network, deep market and regulatory knowledge, world-class formulation and recipe development, unparalleled logistics know-how, and industry-leading digital tools, Univar Solutions is a committed ally to customers and suppliers, helping them anticipate, navigate, and leverage meaningful growth opportunities. Learn more at www.univarsolutions.com.
About One Rock Capital Partners, LLC
One Rock makes controlling investments in companies with potential for growth and operational improvement using a rigorous approach that utilizes highly experienced Operating Partners to identify, acquire and enhance businesses in select industries. The involvement of these Operating Partners affords One Rock the ability to conduct due diligence and consummate acquisitions and investments in all types of situations, regardless of complexity. One Rock works collaboratively with company management and its Operating Partners to develop a comprehensive business plan focused on growing the enterprise and its profitability to enhance long-term value. For more information, visit www.onerockcapital.com.
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