Indianapolis-based Vertellus Specialties Inc. has completed the acquisition of the Sodium Borohydride business from Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW). The specialty chemical manufacturer says the deal boosts its life sciences and industrial portfolio and includes a facility in Washington state. February 2, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Vertellus, a global leading producer of specialty chemicals for the life sciences market and other industrial sectors, today closed on its previously announced acquisition of The Dow Chemical Company's (NYSE: DOW) Sodium Borohydride (“SBH”) business.

The acquisition expands Vertellus' life sciences business, adding new process aids and synthesis capabilities to the company's asset structure. With a state-of-art manufacturing facility located in Elma, Wash., the acquired SBH business is the leading manufacturer of sodium borohydride used in the synthesis of fine chemicals, including pharmaceutical ingredients and agrochemicals. As a process aid used in the life sciences sector, sodium borohydride assists in the manufacture of a wide variety of active pharmaceutical ingredients including high growth antiretrovirals for the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

In addition to the expanded offering in life sciences, SBH adds to Vertellus' portfolio of high-performance, specialty chemicals serving industrial markets. In the paper market, SBH is a leading choice in bleaching pulp used in paper and tissue, complementing Vertellus’ position in supplying specialty sizing agents. Similarly, SBH has a variety of high-value, specialty applications as an additive and processing agent in petrochemical processing, which supplement existing Vertellus products sold in the petrochemical and oil and gas markets.

The acquisition follows on the November 2014 purchase by Vertellus of Pentagon Chemicals (Holdings) UK Ltd., expanding the company’s agrochemical offerings in the life science sector. With the completion of both acquisitions, revenues from life science applications constitute more than 65 percent of the company’s total revenue.

Remarking on the SBH acquisition, Vertellus CEO Rich Preziotti stated, “The integration of the SBH business into Vertellus' asset structure enhances the size, scale and scope of our offerings in the high-growth synthesis segment, providing new tools to serve global pharma manufacturers' needs. We look forward to investing in additional research and development that further leverages our capabilities and capacity at this world-class manufacturing facility.”

Vertellus is a portfolio company of Chicago-based private equity firm Wind Point Partners. Wind Point Partners acquired Vertellus in partnership with CEO Rich Preziotti. Upon announcing the acquisition in December, Wind Point Partners Managing Director Alex Washington stated, “Completing strategic acquisitions is a key driver of our value creation plan, and with the SBH business, as well as our recent acquisition of Pentagon, we are successfully diversifying our portfolio with a focus on specialty chemicals, particularly in life sciences and high growth industrial markets. The SBH business is attractive and highly complementary to our existing portfolio of products, including processing aids such as Vitride reducing agents for the fine chemicals industry.”

About Vertellus:

Vertellus is a global specialty chemicals company focused on the manufacture of ingredients used in pharmaceuticals, personal care, nutrition, agriculture, and a host of other market areas affected by trends favoring “green” technologies and chemistries. Vertellus is the #1 global producer of pyridine and picolines, specialty pyridine derivatives, DEET, castor oil derivatives and systems, and a world leader in vitamin B3, citrate polymer additives and systems as well as a leader in custom manufacturing of agriculture and pharma intermediates and actives. Vertellus benefits from a technically advanced global manufacturing base and has over 1,000 employees. Vertellus is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

About Wind Point Partners:

Wind Point Partners is a private equity investment firm that partners with top caliber CEOs to acquire middle market businesses where they can establish a clear path to value creation. Since their founding in 1984, they have raised over $2.8 billion in commitments. Additional information about Wind Point is available at

Source: Vertellus Specialties Inc.

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