“We are pleased with the anticipated sale of Coatings,” said James Marlen, Ameron’s chairman, president and CEO. “The exit from coatings will allow us to redeploy resources to Ameron’s three remaining consolidated businesses, where we have leadership positions.
“Coatings no longer fits our strategic objectives,” Marlen continued. “In recent years, the financial performance of Ameron’s coatings business did not meet expectations, partly due to difficult conditions in global markets. Also, consolidations within the coatings industry provided larger companies with greater economies of scale and constrained Ameron’s ability to grow.”
Coatings had sales of $210 million in 2005. Ameron will sell the worldwide coatings business, while retaining certain real properties currently used by coatings. Ameron will receive $115 million, plus working capital adjustments, for the business acquired by PPG.