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St. Gobain to acquire controlling interest in Sika

12/10/2014
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Saint Gobain - December 8, 2014

Saint-Gobain announces the plan to acquire a controlling interest in Sika, world leader
in construction chemicals. The transaction involves Saint-Gobain’s purchase of Schenker Winkler Holding AG, owner of 16.1% of Sika’s capital and 52.4% of its voting rights, for CHF 2.75 billion (~€2.3 billion). Following the acquisition, the Saint-Gobain Group will be able to fully consolidate Sika in its accounts, leading to a positive impact on net income as from the first year. Saint-Gobain does not intend to launch an offer for Sika’s remaining shares and has full confidence in the company to continue developing the business.
 
Sika employs more than 16,000 people in 84 countries and reported CHF 5,142 million in sales in 2013 (~€4.3 billion). Over the past few years, the company has shown remarkable growth (more than 8% average annual growth between 2007 and 2013) and capacity for development in emerging countries (38% of its sales are made in emerging countries).
 
Sika is the world leader in construction chemicals and no. 2 worldwide for adhesives and
sealants for its industrial applications. Its products and services draw on extensive
technological expertise in waterproofing, soundproofing, sealing and bonding, and protecting and reinforcing structures.
 
Given the proximity of Sika’s activities with those of Saint-Gobain (Construction Products and Innovative Materials as well as Building Distribution), the deal is expected to generate €100 million in synergies as from the second year (2017), and €180 million per year as from 2019.
 
The deal will create value by the fourth year. The transaction is subject to clearance from the competent anti-trust authorities and is expected to be finalized in the second half of 2015 at the latest.