Cabot Corp. (CBT) to Acquire Norit NV for $1.1B

June 21, 2012 7:08 AM EDT
Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) entered into an agreement to purchase Norit N.V., the global leader in activated carbon from affiliates of Doughty Hanson & Co. Managers Limited and Euroland Investments B.V. for $1.1 billion, company officials announced today. The acquisition strengthens Cabot’s specialty chemicals portfolio with a non-cyclical, high growth and high margin business.

The estimated earnings per share accretion are expected to be in the range of $0.20 to $0.25 in fiscal year 2013 and $0.30 to $0.40 in fiscal year 2014, excluding one-time costs. Norit’s growth will significantly benefit from Cabot’s process engineering capability, broad geographic footprint, especially in emerging markets, and extensive material science expertise. Additionally, the transaction is expected to yield approximately $50 million of cash tax synergies related to net operating losses.

J.P. Morgan is Cabot’s financial advisor for the transaction. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is Cabot’s legal advisor for the transaction, with De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Slaughter & May serving as Dutch and English counsel, respectively.

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