London, Genova, Riyadh – December 9, 2022 – Dussur, the Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company, today announces it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire from Bain Capital Private Equity, a leading global private investment firm, a stake in Italmatch Chemicals ("Italmatch”), a global specialty chemical additive manufacturer. Concurrently with this acquisition, Dussur will also invest an additional €100 million into Italmatch as a capital increase. Upon completion of both the stake sale and capital increase, which is currently expected to occur within the first half of 2023 subject to customary conditions, including regulatory approvals, Dussur’s interest in Italmatch is expected to be less than 20%.
Founded in 1997 by current CEO Sergio Iorio, Italmatch is a leading global manufacturer of specialty chemical additives, operating across four key business units: Advanced Water Solutions, Lubricant Performance Additives, Flame Retardants and Plastic Additives, and Personal Care and Performance Additives. Italmatch was acquired by Bain Capital Private Equity in 2018 and has since grown significantly through R&D and new product development, with a focus on ESG positioning and applications, investment in strategic greenfield developments and synergistic M&A, which resulted in a more than twofold EBITDA increase, from €67m LTM Adjusted EBITDA in September 2018 to €160m in LTM September 2022.
Through the transaction with Dussur, Italmatch will re-enforce its presence and existing partnership in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia, contributing to regional economic diversification, growth and localisation of industrial value chains and capabilities to meet regional and global demand.
Sergio Iorio, CEO of Italmatch, commented: “In partnership with Bain Capital we have continued to build upon our global reputation with our customers and partners for high-quality innovative products and “solutions” and displayed strong growth. Partnering with Dussur will significantly strengthen our existing presence in the Middle East region, which we see as a fast-growing market opportunity in our areas of expertise and end markets and enable us to expand our offering in a highly strategic high growth market also through a strong local presence.”
Raed Al-Rayes, CEO of Dussur, commented: “We believe this investment shows strong synergies with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Downstream and Specialties Chemical Strategy, as it represents a step closer towards fulfilling our mandate to localize new capabilities in the Kingdom through partnering with Italmatch, a globally recognized leading specialty additives chemical company.” Dr. Al-Rayes added: “We are confident that our partnership with Bain Capital will be mutually beneficial to both parties and offers a great opportunity to Italmatch to grow its business in MENA.”
David Danon, Managing Director at Bain Capital, commented: “Dussur’s investment is both a recognition of Italmatch’s significant growth to date and potential to strengthen its capabilities and geographical reach, particularly to new customers in the Middle East. We’re excited to add Dussur’s complementary resources and experience to the strong, existing partnership with Sergio and the Italmatch team as the company reaches its full potential as a global speciality chemicals leader.”
About Italmatch Chemicals:
The group generated approximately 858 million Euros in sales revenues and 160 million Euros in EBITDA in the last twelve months ending September 2022 and operates through nine manufacturing plants in EMEA (Italy, Spain, Germany, UK, Poland, KSA), five in Asia Pacific (China, Japan and India), five in North America (USA), and seven state of the art innovation centres. It employs approx. 1,100 workers. For more information, please visit www.italmatch.com.
The Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company ("Dussur") is a strategic industrial investment company that partners with world-class players to form state-of-the-art joint ventures and M&A in the industrials sector. Dussur executes regional and international industrial investments, creating value for its partners, shareholders and stakeholders. For more information, visit www.dussur.com
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