Israel Chemicals to Sell Fire Safety and Oil Additives Units for $1 Billion

Private equity firm SK Capital has agreed to buy ICL’s business lines

Amir Rosenbaum 13:5707.12.17
Tel Aviv-headquartered Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL) announced Thursday a deal to sell its fire safety and oil additives divisions to SK Capital Partners. LP, a private equity firm headquartered in New York. The sale is expected to close in the first half of 2018.


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The businesses to be sold have operations spread across North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia, ICL said.


ICL Chairman Johanan Locker Photo: Nimrod Glickman ICL Chairman Johanan Locker Photo: Nimrod Glickman
ICL is dual-listed on NYSE and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.


ICL’s fire safety business line makes chemicals and services to fight wildfires as well as fire-fighting foams. The company’s oil additives line makes products that go into lubrication oil additives, mining chemicals and pesticides. These units generated $294 million in sales and $112 million to operating profits for the 12-month period ending September 30, 2017.


The company said it is offloading the business units because of “low synergies” with its core mineral operations.


As part of a strategy to focus on core business, reduce debt, and raise funds for new growth initiatives, ICL is also trying to sell its 50% stake in desalination and water treatment company IDE Technologies.


ICL is controlled by its largest shareholder, Tel Aviv-listed Israel Corporation Ltd.
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