- Transaction driven by best-owner mindset and focus on investing for growth in core businesses
- Watco Companies selected as new rail operations partner, bringing industry-leading rail experience and capabilities, as well as opportunities for growth investments
MIDLAND, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dow Inc. (NYSE: DOW) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its rail infrastructure assets and related equipment at six major North American sites to Watco Companies (Watco), a Pittsburg, Kansas-based transportation company providing transportation, terminal and port, supply chain, and mechanical solutions for customers throughout North America and Australia. Dow expects to receive cash proceeds in excess of $310 million as part of the transaction. The assets are located at Dow’s sites in Plaquemine and St. Charles, Louisiana; Freeport and Seadrift, Texas; and Ft. Saskatchewan and Prentiss in Alberta, Canada.
“Today’s announcement is part of an on-going review of our ownership of non-product producing assets and is driven by our commitment to apply a best-owner mindset to everything we do,” said Jim Fitterling, chairman and chief executive officer of Dow. “It aligns to Dow’s strategy to continue to grow our core businesses in a capital-efficient manner. The transaction will liberate cash from our balance sheet that we will use to pay down debt and invest in our core value-generating businesses.”
Dow and Watco will enter into initial long-term service agreements, providing reliable and cost-advantaged services for existing Dow businesses at the sites where the assets reside. Dow expects Watco’s significant rail expertise and capabilities will deliver additional operational efficiencies and opportunities for growth over time.
Dow and Watco are working closely to ensure a seamless transition. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.
Fourteen Dow employees and management of approximately 400 contract workers are expected to transition to Watco upon close of the transaction.
Dow continues to evaluate its ownership of non-product producing assets across its global portfolio. The Company expects this effort to generate additional opportunities from its infrastructure footprint consistent with those in today’s announcement.
Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisor to Dow, and Mayer Brown & Thompson Hine provided legal support.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 109 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 36,500 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $43 billion in 2019. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.
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