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The Netherlands: Management Strategy Royal DSM to Sell Resins & Functional Materials Businesses to Covestro

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Royal DSM will be selling its Resins & Functional Materials and associated businesses to Covestro for an equity value of 1.8 billion dollars. The move is in line with the company’s goal of focusing in the fields of nutrition, health, and sustainable living.

Completion of the transaction, which is subject to the customary conditions and approvals, is expected in H1, 2021.
Completion of the transaction, which is subject to the customary conditions and approvals, is expected in H1, 2021.
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Heerlen/The Netherlands – The proposed transaction is another step forward in DSM’s evolution as a purpose-led, science-based company operating in the fields of nutrition, health, and sustainable living. It follows DSM’s recent acquisitions of the Erber Group (expected to close shortly), Glycom, and CSK.

The transaction will include all of DSM’s Resins & Functional Materials businesses, including DSM Niaga, DSM Additive Manufacturing and the coatings activities of DSM Advanced Solar. These businesses represented 1,187 million dollars (1,012 million Euros) of DSM’s 2019 total annual net sales and 156 million dollars (133 million Euros) of DSM’s 2019 total Ebitda. DSM will provide re-stated figures for its Materials Cluster ahead of its Q3 results. DSM anticipates a book profit on the transaction to be recognised upon closing. DSM expects to receive approximately 1.6 billion dollars (1.4 billion Euros) net in cash following closing, including repayment of RFM’s net debt, and after transaction costs and capital gains tax.

The combination of RFM and Covestro will create a business of enhanced scale and technological capability that will benefit existing and potential customers as well as its employees through a stronger platform for growth. Completion of the transaction, which is subject to the customary conditions and approvals, is expected in H1, 2021.

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Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze, Co-CEOs of Royal DSM, commented: “This sale builds on our approach of actively managing our businesses, as DSM continues to evolve as a purpose-led, science- based company operating in the fields of nutrition, health and sustainable living. The deal delivers strong value to DSM and is strategically attractive for all parties. In Covestro, we recognise a company that shares similar views on culture and the value of sustainability. We know that Covestro will be a good owner of these businesses for customers, colleagues and other stakeholders.”

About Resins & Functional Materials and associated businesses (RFM)

DSM Resins & Functional Materials, containing a Sustainable Coatings division and a Functional Materials division, provides highly-specialised, market-leading products such as resins for use in paints and other industrial applications, and optical fiber coatings. This includes DSM Niaga, a VOC-free adhesive and a proprietary production technology for fully-recyclable carpets, mattresses and furniture components.

DSM Additive Manufacturing provides performance materials and deep application expertise in 3D-printing to help manufacturers rethink the way they design products to manufacture tomorrow. DSM Advanced Solar coatings are high performing anti-reflective coatings used for solar glass activities. The division’s activities in next-generation backsheets for photovoltaic modules remain as DSM Advanced Solar, as part of DSM.

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