Avient completes sale of distribution business to H.I.G. Capital for US$950M in cash, with expected after-tax proceeds of US$750M; sale enables Avient to advance specialty transformation, company says

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CLEVELAND , November 1, 2022 (press release) –

Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT), a leading global provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions, today announced it has completed the previously announced sale of its Distribution business to an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital for $950 million in cash, with expected after-tax proceeds of approximately $750 million.

"Completing the sale of Distribution enables us to be modestly levered while advancing our specialty transformation with the recent acquisition of DSM's Protective Materials business and the Dyneema brand," said Robert M. Patterson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Avient Corporation.  "As previously announced, we intend to use the net proceeds from the Distribution sale to pay down near-term maturing debt."

More details will be provided during Avient's previously scheduled third quarter earnings conference call tomorrow November 2, 2022 at 8 a.m. ET.

H.I.G. Capital announced today that the former Avient Distribution business will now operate as an independent company called Formerra.

About Avient

Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT) provides specialized and sustainable material solutions that transform customer challenges into opportunities, bringing new products to life for a better world. Examples include:

Dyneema®, the world's strongest fiber™, enables unmatched levels of performance and protection for end-use applications, including ballistic personal protection, marine and sustainable infrastructure and outdoor sports
Unique technologies that improve the recyclability of products and enable recycled content to be incorporated, thus advancing a more circular economy
Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation and reduce carbon footprint
Sustainable infrastructure solutions that increase energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural resource conservation and fiber optic / 5G network accessibility
Avient is certified ACC Responsible Care®, a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and certified Great Place to Work®.  For more information, visit www.avient.com/.

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