Birla Carbon signs agreement to acquire Columbian Chemicals

The acquisition will catapult Birla Carbon to become a leading global player

The Aditya Birla Group said that it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire the Atlanta based Columbian Chemicals Company, from One Equity Partners, the merchant banking arm of JP Morgan Chase & Co.  

The Aditya Birla Group has bought One Equity Partners' equity in Columbian Chemicals through its associates, Alexandria Carbon Black Company and Thai Carbon Black Company Ltd along with SKI Investment, an Aditya Birla Group Company.  

Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman, Aditya Birla Group, said, "The acquisition of Columbian Chemicals catapults Birla Carbon to become a leading player globally in this sector, by raising its annual production to two million tons. This acquisition will create a business which will have the advantage of cutting edge technology and low costs, and will have a truly global footprint."

The Aditya Birla Group is one of the most cost efficient manufacturers of carbon black. Its operations span four countries, with six manufacturing plants. It caters to the requirements of leading tyre manufacturers globally. Columbian Chemicals operates 11 plants in nine countries.

The acquisition is subject to customary approvals. The deal is expected to attain closure in the second half of CY-11.

ANZ, BankAM, HSBC, RBS and StandChart are participating in the financing of the transaction and were also the financial advisors for this deal.
KPMG were our tax and accounting advisors, and Shearman & Sterling LLP, the legal counsel.

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