Austria’s OMV has agreed with Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company for the US$4.7 billion purchase price of 39 per cent stake in plastics company Borealis to be paid in two tranches.
The amendment to the original agreement means OMV will pay Mubadala US$ 2.34 billion at closing of the transaction and $2.34 billion no later than December 31, 2021 at a market interest rate from closing, OMV said in a statement.
OMV also said it has the option to pay the deferred amount in full or in part at closing of the transaction or following closing at the end of each month until December 31, 2021.
“This transaction is an essential step in the company’s strategic development towards chemicals, which OMV will consistently pursue. We are pleased that we have agreed on a payment schedule with our partner Mubadala that allows us to optimize our cash flow management in this challenging economic environment”, said Rainer Seele, Chairman of the OMV Executive Board and CEO.
Musabbeh Al Kaabi, CEO of Petroleum & Petrochemicals, Mubadala, added, “Mubadala has been a partner in OMV for over 25 years and, as partners, we too are pleased to reach this agreement given the macroeconomic situation. We remain shareholders in both OMV and Borealis, and remain confident in the fundamentals of their businesses and their future growth potential.”
On March 12, 2020, OMV and Mubadala signed an agreement that will give OMV a controlling stake in Borealis, one of Europe’s leading petrochemical companies. OMV, which currently owns a 36 per cent stake in Borealis, will acquire an additional 39 per cent from Mubadala, increasing its stake to 75 per cent. Mubadala will retain a 25 per cent interest.