On 1 April 2021, specialty chemicals company Lanxess completed the French Theseo group’s acquisition, a leading manufacturer of animal health and biosecurity solutions. Lanxess and the seller signed a corresponding binding purchase agreement on 9 February 2021, and the relevant antitrust authorities approved the transaction in mid-March.
Lanxess focusing on the growth market of animal hygiene
With the acquisition, Lanxess is significantly expanding its portfolio of products for animal husbandry’s growth market – now comprising an extensive range of disinfection and hygiene solutions. In addition, the specialty chemicals company is adding products for pest control and animal nutrition and welfare to its portfolio. The new businesses will be integrated into the Material Protection Products business unit.
Lanxess has financed the enterprise value of approximately EUR 70 million from existing cash. The acquired businesses represent sales of around EUR 33 million and EBITDA in the mid-single-digit million euro range. Within the next three years, Lanxess expects an additional annual EBITDA contribution in the same amount from synergy effects. The acquisition will already be earnings per share* accretive in the first fiscal year after its completion.
With the transaction, Lanxess is taking on more than 100 employees at sites in Laval (France), Wietmarschen (Germany), Hull (United Kingdom), and Campinas (Brazil).
* adjusted for exceptional items and amortization of intangible assets