Kraton to acquire wood focused company Arizona Chemical

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. Agrees To Acquire Arizona Chemical Holdings Corporation

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), a global producer of highly-engineered polymers, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the capital stock of privately held Arizona Chemical Holdings Corporation for a cash purchase price of $1.37 billion. Arizona Chemical is a leading global producer of high-value performance products and specialty chemicals derived from wood pulping biproducts like tall oil.  Arizona Chemical’s end use market exposure is highly complementary with that of Kraton.

“This transformational acquisition will extend Kraton’s technology and market diversification, while substantially increasing profitability and free cash flow, creating a more robust platform for growth and value creation for our stockholders,” said Kevin M. Fogarty, Kraton’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

The $1.37 billion base purchase price is subject to adjustment for cash and indebtedness at closing, as well as an adjustment for working capital and other items.

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., through its operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC and its subsidiaries (collectively, “Kraton”), is a leading global producer of engineered polymers and one of the world’s largest producers of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered by Kraton 50 years ago. Kraton’s polymers are used in a wide range of applications, including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants and lubricants, and medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing and footwear products. The company, offers a diverse range of products to more than 800 customers in over 60 countries worldwide, and is the only SBC producer with manufacturing and service capabilities on four continents.

Kraton manufactures products at five plants globally, including its flagship plant in Belpre, Ohio

Arizona Chemical is a market-driven global specialty chemicals company that manufactures and sells high-value performance products derived from pine wood pulping co-products.  As the largest global provider in the pine chemicals industry, Arizona Chemical refines and further upgrades two primary feedstocks, crude tall oil and crude sulfate turpentine, into value added specialty products.

The company sells its products into adhesive, road and construction and tire markets, and it produces and sells a broad range of chemical intermediates into markets that include fuel additives, oilfield chemicals, coatings, metalworking fluids and lubricants, inks, flavors and fragrances and mining.

Arizona Chemical serves a diverse base of over 550 customers in 68 countries around the globe.  The company operates a network of nine strategically located manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe, and operates three state-of-the art Science and Technology centers in Almere, The Netherlands, Savannah, Georgia and Shanghai, China.