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USA: Downstream Polyurethanes Huntsman Successfully Completes Acquisition of Icynene-Lapolla

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Huntsman took over Icynene-Lapolla for 350 million dollars from an affiliate of FFL Partners. The business deal is in line with Huntsman’s strategy of expanding its downstream footprint in spray polyurethane foam insulation.

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The combination of Icynene-Lapolla with Demilec will create the world’s leading supplier of spray foam products used to insulate commercial and residential structures.
The combination of Icynene-Lapolla with Demilec will create the world’s leading supplier of spray foam products used to insulate commercial and residential structures.
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Texas/USA – Huntsman Corporation has recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of Icynene-Lapolla, a leading North American manufacturer and distributor of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation systems for residential and commercial applications. Huntsman acquired the business from an affiliate of FFL Partners for 350 million dollars, subject to customary closing adjustments, in an all-cash transaction funded from available liquidity.

The acquisition of Icynene-Lapolla is aligned with Huntsman’s strategy of growing its downstream polyurethanes business. The combination of Icynene-Lapolla with Demilec, the SPF business Huntsman acquired in 2018, will create the world’s leading supplier of spray foam products used to insulate commercial and residential structures. The acquisition will further strengthen its portfolio of leading energy-saving insulation applications and technologies, providing customers with an unmatched product offering.

Further, it will accelerate the globalisation of the combined SPF business by leveraging Huntsman’s extensive international network of systems houses. The acquisition will generate substantial synergies as a result of Huntsman’s ability to pull through significant volumes of polyols and lower margin upstream polymeric MDI into the higher margin and growing specialised SPF systems.

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Icynene-Lapolla has annual revenues of approximately 230 million dollars with two manufacturing facilities located in Houston, Texas and Mississauga, Ontario, where it produces a full range of MDI-based SPF formulations and reflective roof coatings, which it markets directly to applicators as well as through distributors.

Tony Hankins, President of Huntsman 's Polyurethanes division, commented on the acquisition: “I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, now that Icynene-Lapolla is joining our high-growth MDI urethanes insulation business. Together with Demilec, our existing SPF business, we will create a world-leading SPF platform, providing highly innovative, energy-saving solutions for residential and commercial property owners alike.”

Peter Huntsman, Chairman, President and CEO added: “SPF is a highly attractive growth business and Icynene-Lapolla is widely recognised as a leading player in the industry. Icynene-Lapolla will strengthen our move downstream and provide further impetus to the globalisation of our SPF technology. The purchase price represents an adjusted Ebitda multiple of approximately 10 times, or approximately 7 times adjusted Ebitda, pro forma for synergies. The combined business is now approaching 500 million dollars in revenues and by the end of 2021 with synergies we see the SPF business exceeding 100 million dollars in Ebitda.”

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