MILWAUKEE (January 6, 2020) – The Chemours Company (Chemours) (NYSE: CC), a global chemistry company with leading market positions in titanium technologies and fluoroproducts, has sold its methylamines business unit to Belle Chemical Company, an affiliate of Cornerstone Chemical Company. Grace Matthews advised Chemours on this transaction.
The methylamines business supplies methylamines products, such as MMA, TMA, and DMA, to a diverse set of partners in the agricultural, oil & gas, electronics, and personal care industries, among others. The products are manufactured in Belle, West Virginia.
In September 2019, following a thorough internal review earlier in the year, Chemours announced plans to stop producing methylamines by the end of the year. The move would have resulted in the loss of approximately 60 jobs. After this announcement, Chemours received multiple inbound inquiries from parties interested in acquiring the business and its assets. Chemours hired Grace Matthews to assist in evaluating these inquiries and to run a process focused on a successful transition of the business to a new owner. Ultimately, Belle Chemical Company, an affiliate of Cornerstone Chemical Company, entered into a definitive purchase agreement in December 2019. The transaction became effective on January 1, 2020.
Cornerstone Chemical Company, the former intermediate chemicals business of Cytec Industries, is owned by Littlejohn & Co., a Greenwich, CT-based private equity firm. Cornerstone is a leading manufacturer of high-quality intermediate chemicals, including acrylonitrile, melamine, sulfuric acid, and other chemical products. Cornerstone’s products are used in a wide variety of major end markets including fracking, building products, transportation, and other downstream chemicals.
“The unique nature of how this transaction began meant a tremendous amount of resources were required in a short period of time in order to reach a successful outcome. In Cornerstone, Chemours was able to find an excellent home for this business going forward,” said Jon Glapa of Grace Matthews.
ABOUT GRACE MATTHEWS INC. Grace Matthews, Inc., a Milwaukee-based investment bank, provides merger, acquisition and corporate finance advisory services to private and public companies across the chemical and materials value chain. Grace Matthews is known globally for completing successful chemical industry transactions dating back to the early 1990s. Grace Matthews’ principals have completed over 150 transactions involving global corporations such as AkzoNobel, 3M, DuPont, Sherwin-Williams, PPG Industries, Ashland, ICI, Air Products, Landec Corporation, The Home Depot, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Becker Industrial Coatings, RPM International, Weatherford, BASF, Lubrizol, WR Grace, Axalta, Eastman, and Hempel. For more detailed information on Grace Matthews, visit www.gracematthews.com.