SK Capital to acquire specialty polymers business from Baker Hughes

Funds advised by SK Capital Partners (SK Capital), a private investment firm focused on the specialty materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors, is to acquire the specialty polymers business from Baker Hughes. 

The specialty polymers business, with manufacturing operations in Barnsdall, Oklahoma, produces specialty low molecular weight olefin polymers, including a range of differentiated functional polymers and premium, high melting point polyethylene waxes.  Over its 85-year history, the business has been dedicated to innovation and has developed a strong reputation as a premium specialty supplier and solutions provider to its diverse customer base.   

Mario Toukan, a Managing Director of SK Capital, says: “The specialty polymers business is a pioneer in the development of specialised polymerization technologies.  We see tremendous opportunity for growth by further developing functional, solutions-oriented products that solve problems and create significant value for customers.”
“SK has extensive corporate carveout expertise and we look forward to partnering with management to transform the business into a world-class independent specialty chemical company with an intense focus on operational excellence,” adds Jonathan Borell, a Managing Director of SK Capital.  “As an independent company, the specialty polymers business will be able to build upon and enhance its reputation as a reliable provider of innovative and high-quality polymers.”
SK Capital and Baker Hughes are working together to execute a seamless transaction plan to continue to serve the specialty polymers business’s customer base reliably and safely.  The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2020.Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP acted as legal counsel to SK Capital and committed debt financing was provided by KeyBanc Capital Markets. Evercore acted as financial advisor and King & Spalding LLP served as legal counsel to Baker Hughes.