PolyOne Completes Sale of Engineered Films Unit
February 16, 2006
CLEVELAND, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PolyOne Corporation
(NYSE: POL) announced today that it has completed the sale of its Engineered
Films business unit to an investor group comprising members of the unit's
management team along with an investor group formed by Matrix Capital Markets.
Matrix Capital is an investment banking firm that advised the management team
and arranged the financing for the transaction. The new company will be named
O'Sullivan Films, Inc.
PolyOne received gross proceeds before associated fees and costs of $26.7
million, of which $20.5 million was paid in cash and 6.2 million in the form
of a note payable from the new entity. PolyOne will retain an 18 percent
minority ownership interest in the new entity.
Completion of the transaction follows PolyOne's September 27, 2005,
announcement that it had signed a letter of intent to sell the Engineered
PolyOne announced in late 2003 that, as part of its efforts to confine its
strategic emphasis to its Plastics Compounding, Color and Additives
Masterbatch, and Distribution businesses, it would divest its Elastomers and
Performance Additives, Engineered Films and Specialty Resins businesses.
PolyOne sold its Elastomers business in August 2004. In December 2005 the
Company announced that the Specialty Resins divestment process was unlikely to
result in a sale of the business at acceptable terms and, therefore, would no
longer be reported as a business being held for sale within discontinued
operations but included within the Performance Plastics segment results.
The Engineered Films unit, a leading provider of customized, high-
performance plastic films, had 2005 revenues of $120 million. Since the 2003
divestment announcement, the Films unit has been accounted for within
PolyOne's financial reports as a discontinued operation.
PolyOne Corporation, with 2005 annual revenues of approximately $2.5
billion, is a leading global compounding and North American distribution
company with operations in thermoplastic compounds, specialty polymer
formulations, color and additive systems, and thermoplastic resin
distribution. Headquartered in northeast Ohio, PolyOne has employees at
manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and joint
ventures in North America and South America. Information on PolyOne's
products and services can be found at http://www.polyone.com.
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In particular, these include statements relating to the anticipated sale of
the Engineered Films unit; future actions; prospective changes in raw material
costs, product pricing or product demand; future performance, including,
without limitation, meeting cash flow goals, receiving cash distributions from
equity affiliates and achieving working capital targets; results of current
and anticipated market conditions and market strategies; sales efforts;
expenses; the outcome of contingencies such as legal proceedings; and
financial results. Factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially include, but are not limited to:
- costs or difficulties and delays related to the operation of joint venture entities; - lack of day-to-day operating control, including procurement of raw materials, of equity or joint venture affiliates; - the possibility of further goodwill impairment; - a delay or inability to achieve targeted debt level reductions through divestitures and/or other means; - an inability to achieve anticipated earnings performance due to the divestment of a non-core business; and - other factors affecting our business beyond our control, including, without limitation, changes in the general economy, changes in interest rates and changes in the rate of inflation.
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SOURCE PolyOne Corporation -0- 02/16/2006 /CONTACT: Investor & Media, Dennis Cocco, Vice President, Investor Relations of PolyOne Corporation, +1-440-930-1538/ /Web site: http://www.polyone.com / (POL) CO: PolyOne Corporation; Matrix Capital Markets; O'Sullivan Films, Inc. ST: Ohio IN: CHM SU: AK-JK -- CLTH012 -- 9378 02/16/2006 08:30 EST http://www.prnewswire.com