Albemarle (ALB) Intends to Redeem Senior Notes Due 2019

Albemarle CorporationALB has announced its plan to redeem all of its outstanding 3.000% senior notes due 2019 on Feb 10, 2017. Albemarle is a leading player in the global specialty chemicals industry.

The notes will be redeemed at a price equal to the greater of 100% of the principal amount and the sum of the present values of the balance scheduled payments of principal and interest on the notes from the redemption date through the "Par Call" Date. In each case, the notes will be discounted to the date of redemption on a semi-annual basis at the treasury rate plus 25 basis points. The notes will be repaid with the net proceeds from Albemarle's previously completed divestiture of its Chemetall Surface Treatment unit.

Holders of any notes in certificated form will be paid the redemption price upon presentation and surrender of their notes at the address of the trustee and paying agent. The payment of the redemption price will be made through the facilities of The Depository Trust Company in the usual manner. Notes called for redemption must be surrendered to collect the price.

Albemarle's shares have gained 15.1% over the past three months, outperforming the Zacks categorized Chemicals-Diversified industry's gain of 9.9% over the same time frame. Albemarle's adjusted earnings for third-quarter 2016 topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company raised its earnings outlook as a result of favorable performance across its Lithium and Refining Solutions segments.

As a part of its plans to strengthen its lithium business, the company recently closed the acquisition of the lithium assets of Jiangxi Jiangli New Materials Science and Technology Co. Ltd. for roughly $145 million. This move will allow Albemarle to supply premium lithium salts to an expanded global customer base thereby helping it to meet its goal of capturing 50% of the growth in the lithium industry.

Albemarle, in Sep 2016, also entered into a deal with Bolland Minera S.A. The deal granted Albemarle exclusive exploration and acquisition rights to a lithium resource in Antofalla, expected to be biggest lithium resource in Argentina. Moreover, the company recently agreed to amend its lithium production rights agreement with the Chilean Economic Development Agency, effective Dec 30, 2016.

This agreement allows Albemarle to expand the company's battery grade manufacturing plants in La Negra, Antofagasta with adequate lithium. The deal will enable further growth of its long-term customers in the energy storage market and other high growth applications.

Albemarle is also selling non-core businesses and assets to focus on its key businesses. As part of this move, the company recently completed the sale of its Chemetall Surface Treatment unit to German chemical giant BASF for around $3.2 billion. Last year, the company also concluded the sale of its mineral flame retardants and specialty chemicals businesses to Huber Engineered Materials. Albemarle also completed the divestiture of the tribotecc metal sulfides business to Treibacher Industrie AG.

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Albemarle currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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