Trinseo pauses sale of its styrenics business amid deteriorating finance markets, economic uncertainty created by war in Ukraine; conditions have impeded company's ability to obtain full value for the business

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BERWYN, Pennsylvania , July 26, 2022 (press release) –

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a specialty material solutions provider, announced today it has decided to pause the sale of its styrenics business (the “Business”).

In November 2021 the Company announced that it had begun work to explore the divestiture of the Business and subsequently launched a formal sales process in the first quarter of 2022. The scope of the potential divestiture was expected to include the Feedstocks and Polystyrene reporting segments as well as the Company’s 50% ownership of Americas Styrenics LLC.

The process generated broad and significant interest from both strategic and financial parties. However, the deterioration of financing markets and the economic uncertainty created by the war in Ukraine, particularly in European energy markets, has impeded the Company’s ability to obtain full value for the Business.

Frank Bozich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinseo, said “While the separation of the styrenics business is part of our transformation strategy, the current economic and financing environments make it challenging to get a value for the assets that is reflective of their significant cash generation, and therefore, we have decided to pause the sale process.”

The delay of the styrenics divestiture does not change the Company’s transformation strategy of becoming a higher growth, higher margin and less volatile specialty material and sustainable solutions provider. The Company intends to reevaluate a potential sale of the Business when macroeconomic conditions improve.

Bozich continued, “In the meantime, we will utilize the cash generation of the styrenics and other businesses to invest in organic growth projects, increase our sustainable product offerings, decrease our CO2 footprint and return cash to shareholders.”

About Trinseo

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a specialty material solutions provider, partners with companies to bring ideas to life in an imaginative, smart, and sustainability-focused manner by combining its premier expertise, forward-looking innovations and best-in-class materials to unlock value for companies and consumers. From design to manufacturing, Trinseo taps into decades of experience in diverse material solutions to address customers’ unique challenges in a wide range of industries, including consumer goods, mobility, building and construction, and medical. Trinseo’s approximately 3,400 employees bring endless creativity to reimagining the possibilities with clients all over the world from the company’s locations in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Trinseo reported net sales of approximately $4.8 billion in 2021. Discover more by visiting www.trinseo.com and connecting with Trinseo on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and WeChat.

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