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“Fine Chemicals consists of a number of smaller businesses that do not effectively leverage the scale of Ferro’s core performance materials operations. I am confident that the Fine Chemicals business will continue to pursue many exciting opportunities under its new owners. At the same time, Ferro will benefit from additional liquidity and balance sheet flexibility as proceeds from the sale are used to reduce debt.”
The Fine Chemicals business produces electrolytes used in the manufacture of lithium batteries, specialty solvents and phosphines, and also performs contract manufacturing of fine chemicals. It recorded 2007 revenues of approximately $55 million and currently employs approximately 140 employees who will be transferred to Novolyte as a result of the sale. The business includes manufacturing facilities in Baton Rouge, La., and Suzhou, China.
The agreement is subject to normal closing conditions, and the sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2008. Visit www.ferro.com for more information.