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Cytec to acquire advanced composite materials company Umeco

News International-French

12 Apr 2012

Cytec Industries Inc. announced its firm intention to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Umeco plc, an international provider of advanced composite materials, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $439 million (£274.3 million based on a 1.60 exchange rate).  The board of directors of Umeco intends to unanimously recommend the transaction to Umeco shareholders.  The acquisition of Umeco will allow Cytec to further enhance and leverage its position as a technology leader in advanced composite materials. The transaction will expand Cytec's presence in both aerospace and industrial applications, an area where Cytec sees excellent opportunities for growth and value creation. 

Founded in 1917, Umeco plc is an international provider of advanced composite materials, primarily to the aerospace and defense industries, and industrial sectors such as automotive.  Serving high growth, global end markets, Umeco's Structural Materials business focuses on the development, manufacture and supply of advanced composite materials, and its Process Materials business focuses on the development, manufacture and supply of processing materials for the  composites industry.  Umeco is headquartered in the U.K. and reported revenues of £207 million ($332 million assuming a 1.60 exchange ratio) in its most recent financial year ended 31 March 2011.



The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Cytec's earnings per share.  It will extend Cytec's portfolio of products, add new revenue streams, and enhance production capacity that will enable the combined company to leverage its strong customer relationships and partner network to expand distribution worldwide.  Year one targeted synergies are in raw material costs, administrative areas and increasing aerospace revenue from added capacity which are approximately $15 million with additional synergies anticipated over time as we move through the integration process.  The estimated EPS accretion for the remainder of 2012 is approximately $0.20 per share and full year 2013 is estimated at approximately $0.65 per share including synergies.


Cytec expects to finance the acquisition using cash balances on hand, including $210 million recently drawn down under its $400 million credit revolver facility, with the objective of maintaining an investment grade profile. 



Organization and Management
Upon completion of the transaction, Cytec will organize the combined assets in two separate reporting segments. Umeco's advanced materials business will be integrated into a newly created High Performance Industrial Materials ("HPIM") segment that will focus on non-aerospace growth markets.   Cytec's Engineered Materials ("CEM") segment will continue to focus on aerospace growth opportunities.   Cytec does not anticipate significant workforce reductions resulting from this transaction, which is intended to accelerate growth in Industrial markets and thereby create additional opportunities for profitable growth. 



Terms and Approvals
Both companies' boards of directors have unanimously approved the transaction, full details of which are contained in an announcement made today in the United Kingdom under Rule 2.7 of the U.K. Takeover Code.  Each Umeco director intends to vote in favor of the transaction, as each Umeco director who holds Umeco share has irrevocably undertaken to Cytec in relation to Umeco shares in which he holds an interest.   Cytec has also received irrevocable commitments from three shareholders to vote approximately 30% of Umeco's outstanding shares in favor of the transaction.  These irrevocable commitments are subject to certain conditions, further details of which are described in the Rule 2.7 announcement. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012.



The transaction will be structured as a "scheme of arrangement" under English law, and is subject to the approval of Umeco shareholders as well as other customary closing conditions, including approvals from relevant regulatory authorities and the U.K. High Court.  The acquisition will be subject to the terms and conditions set out in the announcement made today in the U.K., and subject to such further terms as will be set out in the scheme of arrangement document to be delivered to Umeco shareholders.  To become effective, the scheme of arrangement requires, among other things, the approval of a majority in number of Umeco shareholders, present and voting either in person or by proxy, representing 75% or more in value of the Umeco shares held by all holders.  The acquisition is also subject to customary regulatory approvals.  Upon the scheme of arrangement becoming effective, it will be binding on all Umeco shareholders.

Barclays is acting as financial advisor to Cytec and Squire Sanders is acting as its legal advisor.



First Quarter Financial Update
Separately, Cytec also announced today that it estimates its adjusted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2012 to be between 45% and 50% above the current consensus analyst estimate of $0.85 per share.  The key drivers for the quarter are the continued growth in the Engineered Materials and In Process Separation segments and better than expected start to the year in Coating Resins.  Cytec will provide full details of the first quarter results including updated 2012 guidance in its first quarter earnings conference call scheduled for April 20, 2012 at 11:00am ET.  Details for this call were provided in a separate release issued on March 29.



Investor Conference Call to be held on April 12 at 8:30 a.m. ET
Cytec will host a live conference call today, April 12 at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the Umeco transaction.  Interested parties may listen to the conference call by dialing (888) 894-3692
(U.S. & Canada) or (706) 902-4297 (International) and using access code 70797108.

A live webcast of the conference call may be accessed through the Investor Relations section on Cytec's web site at

A presentation will be made available shortly before the call via Cytec's Investor Relations website.  A replay of the webcast will be available for 3 weeks via Cytec's investor relations website. 


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