Dow (DOW) to Divest U.S. Gulf Coast Assets for $620 Million

Dow Inc. DOW recently announced that it has inked a definitive agreement to sell certain U.S. Gulf Coast marine and terminal operations to Vopak Industrial Infrastructure Americas for $620 million. Notably, Vopak Industrial Infrastructure Americas is a joint venture between BlackRock's Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund and Royal Vopak.

The deal includes divestment of marine and storage terminal operations and assets at Dow’s sites in Plaquemine and St. Charles, LA, and Freeport, TX. Dow’s latest move demonstrates its focus on disciplined capital allocation strategy. Moreover, the transaction will enable the company deploy cash toward value-enhancing opportunities in core business areas as well as clearing additional debt.

In regards to this announcement, Dow and Vopak Industrial Infrastructure Americas have also inked long-term service agreements to ensure reliable and cost-saving services for existing Dow businesses at the in-scope sites. The deal is slated to close in fourth-quarter 2020, which is subject to customary closing conditions. Further, normal operations are likely to continue throughout the divestment process.

Dow is continuing to assess its ownership of non-revenue-generating assets across its global portfolio. It is also taking other actions to exit non-competitive assets.

Dow’s shares have lost 8% year to date compared with 1% decline recorded by the industry.

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