Clariant and Sabic decided to temporarily suspend the negotiations
Given the current market conditions, both parties have decided that temporarily suspending the negotiations is in the best interests of the respective shareholders of both companies. As part of the portfolio upgrade announced in September 2018, Clariant will continue with the divestment of the pigments business and has decided to also divest the entire masterbatches business including both, standard and high value masterbatches. These divestments are expected to be concluded unchanged by end 2020.
Investments in core businesses
The proceeds from the divestments will be used to invest in innovations and technological applications within the core business areas, to strengthen Clariant’s balance sheet and to return capital to shareholders. The new Clariant will benefit from a stronger focus on differentiated, customer-specific products and offerings with attractive growth prospects and above average value potential. With this more streamlined portfolio structure Clariant will be better able to intensify the focus on customer experience and customer fulfillment, as well as on the development of innovative and sustainable products and applications.
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