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PolyOne Completes Clariant Masterbatch Acquisition, Changes Name to Avient

With this completed transaction, Clariant takes another significant step towards becoming a pure-play specialty chemical company.

July 1, 2020

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PolyOne has completed the acquisition of the color masterbatch businesses of Clariant and the Clariant Chemicals India affiliate.

PolyOne Corporation, a leading global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and sustainable solutions, has completed its purchase of the color masterbatch businesses of Clariant and Clariant Chemicals India Ltd.  PolyOne also announced that it has changed its name and will now be called Avient.

“We proudly welcome our newest associates and valued customers from Clariant Masterbatch.  They are joining us on Day 1 of this new era for our company, which as of today will be named Avient,” said Robert M. Patterson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Avient.

Mr. Patterson continued, “Under this new brand, we bring two global leaders together to create a specialty company focused on sustainable solutions for our customers, being a Great Place to Work for our associates, and creating value for all stakeholders.”

The entry into the agreement to acquire the Clariant Masterbatch business was originally announced in December 2019.  The Clariant Masterbatch business includes 46 manufacturing operations and technology centers in 29 countries and approximately 3,500 employees, who will join Avient’s Color, Additives and Inks segment.

The combined net purchase price of USD 1.44 billion represents a 10.8x multiple of 2019 adjusted EBITDA, or 7.5x including anticipated synergies. In 2019, PolyOne reported revenues of $2.9 billion.

“With this acquisition, Avient now expects over 85% of adjusted EBITDA to be generated from specialty applications,” said Patterson. “This is up from less than 10% when our specialty journey began over a decade ago. While we honor the legacies of our past organizations, under our new name Avient, we come together and look to the future as a world-class sustainable organization.”

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