PolyOne to Sell Engineered Films Unit
September 27, 2005
CLEVELAND, Sept 27, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- PolyOne Corporation
(NYSE: POL), a leading global polymer compounding and North American
distribution company, has signed a letter of intent to sell 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 has been retained to
advise management and arrange financing for the transaction. The new entity,
yet to be named, will consist of the operating assets and liabilities of the
Engineered Films unit.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. PolyOne will retain a minority
ownership interest in the new entity.
The sale is subject to the approval of the PolyOne Board of Directors,
completion of the required transaction financing, finalization of definitive
agreements and completion of due diligence. The transaction is expected to
close in the fourth quarter of 2005, subject to the foregoing conditions and
other customary closing conditions.
The Engineered Films unit is a leading provider of customized, high-
performance plastic films for use in diverse applications, including
automobile and truck interiors, flooring, wall covering and pool liners.
Headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, the unit operates manufacturing
facilities there and in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The Engineered Films unit's
revenues in 2004 were approximately $126 million.
PolyOne announced in late 2003 that it would confine its strategic
emphasis to its Plastics Compounding, Color and Additives Masterbatch, and
Distribution businesses. These businesses have leading market positions, and
most are global in scope.
In line with this strategy, PolyOne also announced that it would divest
its Elastomers and Performance Additives, Engineered Films and Specialty
Resins businesses. As a result, the Company began reporting these business
units as discontinued operations in the fourth quarter of 2003. PolyOne sold
its Elastomers business in August 2004.
PolyOne Corporation, with 2004 annual revenues of approximately
$2.2 billion, is a leading global compounding and North American distribution
company with continuing 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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or other historical information are "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-
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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
- lack of day-to-day operating control, including procurement of raw
materials, of equity or joint venture affiliates;
- partial control over investment decisions and dividend distribution
policy of the OxyVinyls partnership and other minority equity holdings
- the possibility of further goodwill impairment;
- a delay or inability to achieve targeted debt level reductions through
divestitures and/or other means;
- an inability or delay beyond December 31, 2005 in finding buyers of
discontinued operations or other non-core assets for reasonable and
- an inability to achieve anticipated earnings performance due to the
divestment of a non-core business; and
- an inability to complete the sale of discontinued businesses, including
the Engineered Films unit, due to problems or delays associated with
legal proceedings, regulatory approvals, buyers receiving financing for
the transaction, satisfactory completion of due diligence, finalization
of definitive agreements or any other reasons.
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although we believe we have been prudent in our plans and assumptions.
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SOURCE PolyOne Corporation
Dennis Cocco, Vice President, Investor Relations of PolyOne Corporation,