bp immediately introduced that it has agreed to promote its world petrochemicals enterprise to INEOS for a complete consideration of $5 billion, topic to customary changes. The agreed sale, the following strategic step in reinventing bp, will additional strengthen bp’s steadiness sheet and delivers its goal for agreed divestments a yr sooner than initially scheduled.
Under the phrases of the settlement, INEOS pays bp a deposit of $400 million and pays an extra $three.6 billion on completion. An further $1 billion can be deferred and paid in three separate instalments of $100 million in March, April and May 2021 with the remaining $700 million payable by the top of June 2021. Subject to regulatory and different approvals, the transaction is anticipated to finish by the top of 2020.
bp’s petrochemicals enterprise is concentrated on two predominant companies – aromatics and acetyls – every of which has main know-how and advantaged manufacturing crops, together with a robust presence in progress markets in Asia. In whole, the companies have pursuits in 14 manufacturing crops in Asia, Europe and the US and in 2019 produced 9.7 million tonnes of petrochemicals.
Bernard Looney, bp chief government officer mentioned: “This is one other vital step as we steadily work to reinvent bp. These companies are leaders of their sectors, with world-class applied sciences, crops and other people. In current years they’ve improved efficiency to supply extremely aggressive returns and now have the potential for progress and growth into the round economic system.
“I’m very grateful to our petrochemicals group for what they’ve achieved over time and their dedication to bp. I recognise this determination will come as a shock and we’ll do our greatest to minimise uncertainty. I’m assured nonetheless that the companies will thrive as a part of INEOS, a worldwide chief in petrochemicals.
“Strategically, the overlap with the remainder of bp is proscribed and it could take appreciable capital for us to develop these companies. As we work to construct a extra centered, extra built-in bp, now we have different alternatives which are extra aligned with our future course. Today’s settlement is one other deliberate step in constructing a bp that may compete and succeed via the power transition.”
INEOS is a number one world chemical substances firm with a community spanning over 180 websites in 26 international locations, using some 22,000 workers worldwide. Over the previous twenty years, INEOS has acquired quite a few companies from bp, most notably the 2005 $9 billion buy of Innovene, the bp subsidiary that comprised the vast majority of bp’s then chemical substances property and two refineries.
bp’s aromatics enterprise is a worldwide chief within the manufacturing of purified terephthalic acid (PTA), a key feedstock for the manufacture of polyester plastics, and its precursor paraxylene (PX). The enterprise’s largest manufacturing crops are in China, the US and Belgium and it licenses its main PTA manufacturing know-how to producers around the globe.
The acetyls enterprise produces acetic acid and derivatives comparable to acetic anhydride, which have makes use of in a variety of sectors. It has a various base with manufacturing crops within the US, the UK, China, Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia. The sale will even embrace associated pursuits such because the chemical recycling know-how bp Infinia and bp’s curiosity in acetylated wooden developer Tricoya.
In whole, the companies included within the transaction at the moment make use of over 1,700 workers worldwide. These workers are anticipated to switch to INEOS on completion of the sale.
This settlement signifies that bp has now agreed $15 billion of divestments and different disposals via 2019 and 2020 so far, an quantity initially anticipated to be reached by mid-2021.
(Source and picture: bp/Cooper River Plant/South Carolina)
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