PolyOne sells SunBelt Investment

The Valence Group has advised PolyOne Corp (NYSE:POL) on the successful sale of its 50% interest in SunBelt Chlor Alkali Partnership to Olin Corporation.

SunBelt, a chlor alkali manufacturer, is a 50/50 joint venture formed in 1996 between PolyOne (formerly The Geon Company) and Olin. PolyOnes stake in SunBelt was sold to Olin for $175 million, including $132 million in cash and the assumption of PolyOnes guarantee of $43 million of SunBelt debt, with an additional earn out over the next three years if certain performance metrics are achieved. I am pleased with the completion of this strategic win / win transaction for both Olin and PolyOne, said Stephen D. Newlin, chairman, president and chief executive officer of PolyOne. I would like to thank Olin for the many years of cooperative partnership we have enjoyed together and wish them well as they integrate SunBelt into their operations. Newlin added, For PolyOne, the sale of SunBelt represents another step in our transformation and portfolio repositioning as we intend to use the proceeds to accelerate specialty platform growth.

Mr. Newlin added: I would also like to thank The Valence Group for their support and counsel on this transaction. They are a highly valued M&A adviser to PolyOne, we have worked with the principals of The Valence Group in the past (most notably on the GLS acquisition) and we look forward to working with them in the future as we grow our specialties businesses.

Telly Zachariades, Partner, commented: PolyOne is a core and long-standing client. We are very grateful for the opportunity to work with such an outstanding management team.

PolyOne Corporation, with 2010 revenues of $2.6 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. Headquartered outside of Cleveland, Ohio USA, PolyOne has operations around the world.