American Securities completes purchase of Emerald Performance Materials

Ohio-based Emerald Performance Materials has completed the sale of the company to an affiliate of New York-based private equity firm American Securities LLC.

Emerald Performance Materials LLC (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA), announced on Aug. 1 that it has completed the sale of the company to an affiliate of private equity firm American Securities LLC (New York, N.Y., USA). Emerald has been an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners since 2006. Emerald’s brands serve a range of attractive end markets, including composites, flavors and fragrances, food and beverage, personal and household care, structural adhesives, coatings and plastics. The specialty chemical manufacturer’s portfolio includes benzoic acid and derivatives such as plasticizers, specialty resins, reactive liquid polymers and modifiers, antioxidants, accelerators, colorants, foam control products and other additives. Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

“We are excited about the completion of the sale of our company to American Securities and the opportunity to build upon the track record we have established,” says Candy Wagner, president and chief financial officer of Emerald Performance Materials LLC. “We are extremely proud of our accomplishments during our tenure as a Sun Capital Partners portfolio company – doubling the company’s revenue and achieving a three-fold improvement in EBITDA. Emerald’s employees are enthusiastic about the next step in our future and remain committed to continued innovation and growth of our company, while helping our customers and suppliers achieve their growth goals. We have many exciting opportunities ahead of us and look forward to this next phase as an affiliate of American Securities.”

Scott M. Wolff, managing director at American Securities, says, “American Securities is committed to supporting the strategic vision of the Emerald management team and investing in continued growth of the company. Emerald represents a compelling investment opportunity and leverages our industry knowledge and track record in the specialty chemicals sector. We look forward to working with management to achieve Emerald’s full potential as the team executes on its strategy to expand its portfolio and global capabilities.” 

Emerald was formed in 2006 from the divesture of six specialty chemical businesses from Lubrizol and has since made four additional acquisitions in complementary businesses.