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Mexico’s Alpek buying Octal Holding shares for $620 million

Monterrey, N.L. — Mexican petrochemical company Alpek announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire 100 percent of Octal Holding shares, a major global PET sheet producer. The acquisition will come in at $620 million USD in an operation that it expects to complete in the first half of the year.

In a statement, the company said “this acquisition forward-integrates Alpek into the high-value PET sheet business segment, closes the gap towards achieving its ESG goals, and enhances its ability to serve its customers’ growing PET resin needs.”

Alpek went on to say that the purchase will be made on a debt-free basis. “Financing for the acquisition will be secured through cash on the company’s balance sheet, free cash flow generated from existing businesses, and dedicated bank loans.

“The transaction is subject to customary conditions to closing, including the approval of relevant regulatory authorities, and is expected to close in the first half of the year.

“The deal would have an immediately accretive and material impact on EBITDA of an estimated U.S. $135 million before synergies, based on Octal’s rolling 12-month EBITDA through September 30, 2021.”

They explained that the acquisition adds over one million tons of installed capacity, spread across four sites, to Alpek’s existing footprint. PET Sheet: 400,000 tons (Salalah Free Zone, Oman), PET Sheet Recycling: 33,000 tons (Cincinnati, United States), PET Thermoform Packaging: 11,000 tons (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and PET Resin: 576,000 tons (Salalah Free Zone, Oman), which

“This transaction is an ideal fit for Alpek. Through a single acquisition we’re able to access the profitable and growing PET sheet segment, acquire differentiated technology that provides a sustainable competitive advantage, significantly advance towards meeting our ESG goals, and serve our customers’ increased PET resin demand,” said José de Jesús Valdez, Alpek CEO.

“The strength of our 2021 results allows us to complete this attractive acquisition without sacrificing the financial stability that has characterized Alpek. We look forward to welcoming Octal’s management team and employees to our family, leveraging their long-standing relationships with customers, diverse backgrounds, and technical proficiency to drive the Company’s long-term growth.”