Evonik to sell its Initiators Group

Essen, (PresseBox) - Germany-based Evonik Industries AG has signed an agreement for the sale of the Initiators Group to the U.S. investor Speyside Equity LLC for an undisclosed purchase price. Pending the approval of Evonik's Supervisory Board and the responsible antitrust authorities, the completion of the divestment transaction is expected for the second quarter of 2008.

The transaction includes the entire Initiators Group, with plants, amongst others, in Pullach, Germany and Elyria, Ohio, USA. The business headquarters of the group will remain at the largest site: Pullach. Speyside Equity plans to continue the existing strategy.

The activities of the Initiators Group focuses on the production and marketing of organic peroxides and persulfates for manufacturing and processing polymers and for specialty applications, including those in the cosmetics industry. In 2007, the Degussa Initiators Group employed some 600 people worldwide.

Speyside Equity is a private equity firm focused on acquiring leading businesses in traditional industries and transitioning them from large corporate environments to competitive stand-alone companies. In 2005, Speyside Equity acquired the Fruit Systems Food Ingredients business of the former Degussa AG. In 2006, Speyside Equity acquired the Stahl Specialty Aluminum Foundry business from ThyssenKrupp.


In so far as forecasts or expectations are expressed in this press release or where our statements concern the future, these forecasts, expectations or statements may involve known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results or developments may vary, depending on changes in the operating environment.

Neither Evonik Industries AG nor its group companies assume an obligation to update the forecasts, expectations or statements contained in this release.

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