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BASF to Acquire Cognis for €3.1 Billion

5:41 PM MDT | June 28, 2010 | robert westervelt and ian young

BASF has agreed to acquire Cognis from its private equity owners in a deal valued at €3.1 billion ($3.8 billion). BASF continues the shift of its portfolio downstream toward customer-oriented specialty businesses less vulnerable to economic cycles with the deal, and boosts its position in personal care, home care, health and nutrition, and functional products. “With the acquisition of Cognis, we are strengthening our portfolio with cyclically robust and profitable businesses,” says BASF chairman Jürgen Hambrecht. BASF says that terms of the acquisition...

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