28 January 2008

BDA advises DIC and Sun Chemical on China transaction

Formed a majority owned JV with Nantong Shanjing Metallic Pigments Co Ltd.


Business Development Asia (“BDA”) is pleased to announce that Sun Chemical and its parent, Dainippon Ink & Chemicals (“DIC”), have formed a majority-owned joint venture with Nantong Shanjing Metallic Pigments Co Ltd, a leading China-based manufacturer of aluminum pigments. Nantong Shanjing specializes in the production and sale of aluminum pigments and pastes used in industrial and commercial products. It has a new manufacturing plant based in Nantong, Jiangsu Province and an office in Shanghai, specializing in R&D and sales. The transaction is an important step for Sun Chemical to expand its product offerings and strengthen its performance in the Asia Pacific.

BDA acted as exclusive financial advisor to DIC and Sun Chemical throughout the transaction, initially identifying the opportunity then advising on negotiations, valuation, documentation and transaction completion.

“This joint venture is yet another step in Performance Pigments becoming the leader in appearance and effects,” said Brian Leen, General Manager and Corporate Vice President, Performance Pigments Group, Sun Chemical. “Our objective is to be able to offer our customers the widest range of effect materials and deliver them at the highest level of reliability in our industry.”

“We’re pleased to help another leading US specialty chemical company, and its highly-regarded Japanese parent, to improve their position in China,” said Euan Rellie, Senior Managing Director, BDA. “BDA has built a formidable position advising Western chemical companies in Asia. We are working on a number of other JVs, acquisitions, capital raising and restructuring projects, across the region. It is seldom easy to close M&A transactions in Asia. BDA has closed twelve transactions in the last year, proving that success is increasingly possible.”

About Sun Chemical

Sun Chemical is the world’s largest producer of printing inks and pigments and a leading provider of materials to packaging, publication, coatings, plastics, cosmetics, and other industrial markets. Sun is a US$4bn revenue subsidiary of DIC, and has headquarters in Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S.A.; Watford, England; and Weesp, the Netherlands.

About DIC

DIC is one of Japan’s most diversified chemical companies. It has 230 subsidiaries and affiliates, including Sun Chemical, in 60 countries worldwide. The operations of DIC are divided into five segments: graphic arts materials; industrial materials; high performance & applied products; electronics & information materials; and related business, purchasing & logistics. Through these operations, DIC supplies an extensive range of essential products to industrial users around the world, as a leader in the global markets for printing inks, organic pigments and performance resins.

About BDA

Business Development Asia LLC is an investment banking firm, founded in 1996. BDA assists multinational corporate and financial sector clients to identify and execute acquisitions, divestments, JVs, restructuring and capital raising, in Asia and internationally. The company is headquartered in New York with offices in London, Bahrain, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo. BDA employs 55 full-time professional staff across eight offices, supplemented by a team of senior advisors around the world. BDA’s client list includes Air Products, Apar Industries, Cadbury Schweppes, Celestica, DIC, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Ecolab, Global Power, Godrej, Great Lakes, Hanjin Shipping, Hercules, Huntsman, Inabata, Johnson Controls, Kennametal, Kimberly-Clark, Lear, Lubrizol, Mars, Molex, Morgan Stanley, Nalco, Reuters, Rohm & Haas, Ryder, Siemens, SigmaKalon, Sumitomo Chemical, Sun Chemical, TATA Auto Components, Tenneco, Tredegar, Visteon, WR Grace, and the British Government. Further information on BDA is available at www.bdapartners.com.
For more information about this transaction, please contact Euan Rellie in New York, Dahang Zheng in Shanghai, Yuuichiro Nakajima in Tokyo, Rohit Singh in Mumbai, Tamer Makary in Bahrain, Hans Kim in Seoul, or Andrew Huntley in London.