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McDermott to sell Lummus Technology amidst major restructuring

By Mary Page Bailey |

As part of a major restructuring program, subsidiaries of McDermott International, Inc. (Houston; www.mcdermott.com) have entered into a share and asset purchase agreement with a joint partnership between The Chatterjee Group and Rhône Group (the Joint Partnership) pursuant to which the Joint Partnership will serve as the “stalking-horse bidder” in a court-supervised sale process for Lummus Technology.

Under the terms of the Agreement, the Joint Partnership has agreed, and is committed, to acquire Lummus Technology for a base purchase price of $2.725 billion. McDermott will have the option to retain or purchase, as applicable, a 10 percent common equity ownership interest in the entity purchasing Lummus Technology. McDermott expects to hold an auction in approximately 45 days to solicit higher or better bids for the Lummus Technology business. Either the Joint Partnership or the winning bidder at the auction will purchase Lummus Technology as part of the Chapter 11 process, subject to regulatory and court approval.

Lummus Technology provides a technology portfolio for the chemicals manufacturing market, which includes building block processes for a wide range of products derived from olefins and aromatics, including plastics, resins, fibers, solvents, detergents and adhesives, as well as a large range of chemical intermediates and polymers.

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