Global specialty chemicals leader Perstorp announces new investors to accelerate the next stage of growth

PAI Partners today announces the transfer of their interest in Perstorp, a global leader in specialty chemicals, from PAI Europe IV to a new fund managed by PAI Partners and backed by Landmark Partners and other co-investors. As a part of the deal, the investors of the new fund have agreed to commit c. EUR 130 million for investment activities to further advance Perstorp’s growth strategy. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Perstorp is a world leader in specialty chemicals and for over 135 years, this expertise has been used to pioneer the development of highly innovative products that advance everyday life across the globe. Perstorp employs 1,500 people across manufacturing units in Asia, Europe and North America. In 2017, the Company’s sales amounted to SEK 13.6 billion, and EBITDA excluding non-recurring items increased by 20 percent to record-high SEK 2.1 billion. The positive development continued in 2018, with LTM EBITDA as at 30 June 2018 amounting to SEK 2.3 billion.

Charles Tingue from Landmark Partners commented: “Perstorp is an outstanding company with strong market positions, solid growth prospects and an excellent management team. This is an exciting opportunity and we are committed to supporting the growth strategy together with PAI Partners and the dedicated management team at Perstorp.”

Fabrice Fouletier at PAI Partners commented: “This transaction represents a new phase of the development of Perstorp, with additional financial means to support its future development. We are excited to remain a shareholder in Perstorp and help the company reach a new stage of its development alongside its management team.”

Jan Secher, President and CEO of Perstorp, commented: “We are delighted that our focus on commercial and operational excellence has delivered strong results, attracting new quality investors. We have progressively enhanced profitability and deleveraging, resulting in the recent upgrade by S&P, and we are now ready to take the next step. We look forward to capturing future growth opportunities to advance our position as a global leader in specialty chemicals.”