Mergers and acquisitions: Who bought whom? Image source: Schlierner - Stock Adobe
16. Jul 2018 | Raw materials
Mergers and acquisitions: Who bought whom?
It would be no exaggeration to say that the industry went on a buying spree in 2017. Nearly every week, takeovers were announced, and agreements reached. The first six months of 2018 also saw acquisitions in the paints and coatings industry. Our overview shows takeovers and mergers at a glance.
|Paints and coatings|
|Akzo Nobel||The Netherlands||V.Powdertech Co., Ltd.||Thailand||Powder coatings|
|Akzo Nobel||The Netherlands||Fabryo||Romania||Architectural coatings|
|Alpina Farben GmbH||Germany||Alfred Clouth Lackfabrik||Germany||Wood coatings||Alpina takes over the distribution of Clou's DIY business|
|Hempel||Denmark||J.W. Ostendorf||Germany||Architectural coatings||Hempel purchase 65 % of the German based Paint manufacturer, J. W. Ostendorf.|
|Siegwerk||Germany||Tupahue Tintas||Brazil||Printing inks, coatings and solvents for flexo and gravure printing|
|Zorka Color||Serbia||Tikkurila||Serbia||Architectural coatings||Tikkurila sells local site to local partner|
|Zorka Color||Republic of Macedonia||Tikkurila||Republic of Macedonia||Architectural coatings||Tikkurila sells local site to local partner|
|Alberdingk Boley||Germany||Synthomer Leuna GmbH||Germany||Binders|
|Astorg||France||IGM Resins||The Netherlands||Binders|
|Carlyle Group and GIC||USA / Singapore||Akzo Nobel Speciality Chemicals||The Netherlands||Diverse raw materials|
|Dominion Colour Corporation||Canada||Gemini Dispersions||United Kingdom||Dispersions||DCC merges Gemini Dispersions Ltd into parent organization|
|Kolb Distribution||Switzerland||Elementis Specialties Netherlands||The Netherlands||Diverse raw materials|
|Protech/Oxyplast||Canada||Chemionics Corporation||USA||Specialty plastisol and latex formulations|
|Sabic||Saudi-Arabien||Clariant||Switzerland||Diverse raw materials||Sabic acquires 25 % of the shares in Clariant|
|Synthomer||United Kingdom||BASF (local site)||Austria||Styrene-butadiene-based paper dispersions||Synthomer divests local production site|
|Vink Chemicals||Germany||Prom Chem (biocides business)||United Kingdom||Biocides|
|H.B. Fuller||USA||Royal Adhesives & Sealants||USA||Adhesives|
|Sika||Switzerland||Emseal Joint Systems||USA||Structural expansion joint products, adhesives and sealants|
|PPG||USA||ProCoatings||The Netherlands||Architectural coatings|
|Safic-Alcan UK||United Kingdom||Techform Fine Chemicals||United Kingdom||Diverse raw materials|
|Uzin Utz||Germany||Forinn bv||The Netherlands||Flooring systems|
|Uzin Utz||Germany||Bosgoed Groothandel bv||The Netherlands||Flooring systems|
|Testing and measuring|
|Anton Paar||Germany||Quantachrome Instruments||USA||Measuring equipment|
Interview: "Without a doubt we will continue to see a significant number of bolt-on, safer acquisitions”
Grace Matthews offers transaction advisory services for manufacturers and distributors throughout the chemical and materials value chain. European Coatings spoke to managing director, Ben Scharff, about the recent level of activity regarding mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the paint and coatings industry and his expectations for the rest of the year.
After the first six months in 2018, how do you rate the M&A activities in the paint and coatings sector in this year compared to last year?
Ben Scharff: Based on our internal tracking metrics, we see roughly the same level of activity in announced paints and coatings activity through the first five months of 2018 as we did for the same time period last year (36 vs. 34). Moving upstream though we have seen a marked increase in the number of announced resin and polymer transactions versus the prior year (38 in 2018 vs. 22 in the first 5 months of 2017). We anticipate that activity will remain strong for the balance of 2018 as most companies continue to perform well and valuations remain buoyed by the significant amount of capital available from both strategic and private equity to pursue transactions.
What development do you expect for the next six to 12 months regarding M&A activities in the paint and coatings sector, will there be more activity or has the situation cooled off?
Scharff: While we anticipate the number of transactions to remain fairly constant, we expect that they will occur at the large and small ends of the market. Due to the heavy and continuous consolidation in paint and coatings, we are starting to see a void emerge in the existence of middle market coatings manufacturers. Those between $50M and $500M are becoming less common. We see private equity chipping away at this and attempting to fill this void by executing on buy and build strategies with smaller, mainly industrial coatings companies.
The last mega deal was between Sherwin-Williams and Valspar. Do you expect any further deals of that scale or is it more likely to see more of the types of recent years such as bolt-on acquisitions?
Managing director, Grace Matthews
Scharff: Without a doubt we will continue to see a significant number of bolt-on, safer acquisitions. Companies will do this to expand geographical presence, add technology or key customers, or even to onboard a new channel to market strategy. While these deals occur, there will continue to be chatter in the market regarding PPG, Akzo, Axalta, RPM and some of the large Asian coatings manufacturers. We expect that over the next 12-24 months we will see some combination of these companies. All are publicly traded, and all have extreme pressure to grow beyond the GDP growth rates of their respective end markets.
To what extent will private equity firms play a bigger role in M&A activities in the paint and coatings industry?
Scharff: We continue to see increasingly strong interest from private equity across the paint coatings value chain. In the past year, we have seen raw material suppliers, coatings manufacturers as well as distributors serving this space. In each instance we have witnessed private equity being very aggressive regarding timing, terms and valuation. Paint and coatings remains an attractive end market to execute a roll-up strategy. As such, we will continue to see private equity aggressively participate in this sector.
The complete article can be found in the July/August issue of the European Coatings Journal, which is also available online in European Coatings 360°.
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