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Air Products Advances for its Materials Technologies Business Spin-off

Published on 2015-12-23. Author : SpecialChem

Air Products announced that it filed an initial Form 10* registration statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to move forward the previously announced spin-off of its Materials Technologies business, which will be named Versum Materials.

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Fig. 1: Air Products

Air Products expects to complete the spin-off on or before September 2016. Versum Materials intends to apply to have its common stock authorized for listing on the New York Stock Exchange, Inc.

“This filing is another important step toward providing current shareholders ownership in two leading and focused companies,” said Seifi Ghasemi, chairman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) at Air Products. “We will set up Versum Materials to be a best-in-class specialty materials company, committed to innovating performance-critical products for customers, delivering strong financial results for shareholders, and advancing employees,” he said. After the spin-off, Ghasemi will maintain his role at Air Products and be non-executive chairman of Versum Materials.

Guillermo Novo, who will become Versum Materials’ CEO said, “We look forward to the opportunity to operate as a stand-alone company focused on specialty materials. From the electronics industry to the performance materials end markets we serve, we’re passionate about working closely with customers to help advance their products and technologies around the world.”

The Form 10 filing also identifies other members of the Versum Materials leadership team, including George Bitto, who will serve as chief financial officer and information technology director; Pat Loughlin, who will serve as senior vice president, Operations and Supply Chain; and Michael Valente, who will serve as senior vice president, Law and Human Resources, general counsel and secretary.

The new company, Versum Materials, will be a global business that delivers specialty solutions focused within niche markets, holds leading positions in most of its end-markets, is focused on innovation-driven solutions, and has strong growth prospects. The Electronic Materials Division provides tailored solutions and materials to customers in the semiconductor industry, while the Performance Materials Division provides epoxy, polyurethane, and specialty additives to the construction, composites, adhesives, coatings and other industries. Versum Materials will have a workforce of approximately 3,200 employees and operate in more than 12 countries across the globe.

About the Form 10 Filing*

Air Products is filing its initial Form 10 registration statement with the SEC today. The Form 10 is not yet effective and, as is customary, will be updated to provide additional information regarding capital structure, pro forma unaudited results and other details as they become available.

About Air Products

Air Products is one of the world-leading Industrial Gases companies celebrating 75 years of operation. The company’s core Industrial Gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. Air Products is also one of the world’s leading suppliers of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The company’s Materials Technologies business, which Air Products intends to spin-off by September 2016, serves the semiconductor, polyurethanes, cleaning and coatings, and adhesives industries.

Source: Air Products

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