Rome, 12 April 2023 – Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. (“MAIRE”) announces that, through its subsidiary NextChem Holding S.p.A., it has finalized the acquisition of an 83.5% stake of Conser, a technology licensor and process engineering design company based in Rome, Italy, as already announced on January 23, 2023.
The purchase price is approximately €35.8 million, of which €28.4 million paid upfront and €7.4 million deferred and subject to certain conditions. The agreement provides also an earn-out clause based on the achievement of specific operating results relating to FY 2023 and 2024 as well as put and call options on the remaining 16.5% stake exercisable within the next three years.
With this acquisition, MAIRE strengthens its leadership in the energy transition and circular economy field, adding innovative and sustainable technologies for biodegradable plastics intermediates and high value-added specialty chemicals to its portfolio. These technologies may be exploited in new markets thanks to MAIRE’s global commercial network and integrated project execution capability. Further growth opportunities may come from the development of a fully biodegradable or bio-based polymer, in line with the decarbonization strategy undertaken by the Group.
Founded more than 50 years ago, Conser can rely on an extremely diverse portfolio of technology patents dedicated to the energy transition and added-value specialty chemicals processes, including cost-effective and process-flexible technologies for maleic anhydride, butanediol and dimethyl succinate, which are crucial building blocks for the production of biodegradable plastics. Given their excellent biodegradation properties, these plastics show very promising prospects driven by a growing demand, especially in Asia. Conser’s portfolio also includes technologies for fine chemistry for lithium battery production, and bio-based derivatives (plant glycerin). In 2023 Conser is expected to generate operating results (EBITDA) in the range of €13-15 million and to post a net cash position of over €10 million.
Conser has been advised by FAI ADVISORY and by law firm Foschiani of Rome, while MAIRE has been supported by its internal M&A, legal and corporate affairs teams.