BASF SE Acquisitions and Exits, 39 Deals Between 1999 and 2019
chemicals Company

BASF SE has acquired 25 companies, including 6 in the last 5 years. A total of 11 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 20 assets.

BASF SE’s largest acquisition to date was in 2006, when it acquired Engelhard for $4.9B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2000, when it sold Knoll Pharmaceutical to Abbott Laboratories for $6.9B. BASF SE has acquired in 8 different US states, and 9 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include chemicals (64%) and life science (11%).

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Carl-Bosch-Strasse 38,
Ludwigshafen, 67056

BASF is a global producer of chemicals. BASF looks to combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. BASF was formed in 1865 and is based in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (1.2/yr) # 13 - 2 4 - - 19
vol $15.1B $3.2B $18.3B
Sell (1.4/yr) # 13 1 3 1 1 1 20
vol $6.9B $10M $535M $7.5B

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Largest Engelhard Corp.
$4.9B (2006-06-12)
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Largest Knoll Pharmaceutical Co.
$6.9B (2000-12-15)

Chemicals M&A - Last 3 Years

When analyzing the chemicals sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 192 chemicals companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 15 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 1 has acquired more than 10 companies.

The most prolific strategic chemicals acquirer over the past 3 years is RPM International, with 9 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the chemicals sector over the past 3 years is Arsenal Capital Partners with 6 platform acquisitions.

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