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肯塔基州卡温顿市 — 亚什兰集团(纽约证交所:ASH)今日宣布,已完成之前宣布的亚什兰水技术的出售,克杜瑞公司(Clayton Dubilier& Rice Inc.)旗下基金接手,成交价格约为18亿美元。



亚什兰集团董事会主席兼首席执行官秦涌恩James J. O'Brien表示:“水技术业务部门的出售有助于亚什兰专注于我们的核心特种化学品业务,并加快向股东返还资本。我们坚信,通过此次交易和当前集团全球重组双管齐下,将有助于亚什兰提高息税折旧摊销前利润,位列全球特种化学品公司前25%。”

在此次交易中,花旗银行担任亚什兰财务顾问,Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP律师事务所与Squire Patton Boggs LLP律师事务所担任亚什兰法律顾问。



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