FACTBOX-Chemicals group Cognis targeted by bidders

April 14 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. specialty chemicals maker Lubrizol
Corp (LZ.N: ) has joined a string of other bidders in talks to buy
Cognis GmbH [COGNS.UL] with an offer that could value the German
maker of additives for cosmetics and detergents at about $4.1
billion, the Financial Times reported. [ID:nLDE63D00G]

Cognis had about 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) of debt at
the end of 2009. Following are some other key facts about
Cognis, based on 2009 figures:

** Supplier of specialty chemicals and nutritional

** Key Products based on segments:

Care Chemicals: Polyquart Ecoclean, Cosmedia Triple C,
Plantasil Micro, Eumulgin Prisma, Arlypon, Aethoxal

Nutrition & Health: Speziol TPGS, Vegapure, Tonalin,
Omevital MP Gold, Lamequick, Cegepal

Functional Products: Emgard FE, ProEco HE 801, Loxanol
EFC, Agnique BL, Starfactant, Perenol, FoamStar, Dehydran,

** Employees – 5,572

** Operations – 30 countries

** Sales – 2.6 billion euros

** Key Segments Sales break-up:

Care Chemicals – 1.4 billion euros

Nutrition & Health – 325 million euros

Functional Products – 786 million euros

** Geographical sales break-up:

Germany – 31 percent

Rest of Europe & South Africa – 26 percent

North America – 21 percent

Asia-Pacific – 15 percent

Central & South America – 7 percent

** Ownership – Owned by private equity funds advised by
Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences.

Source: Reuters; Company reports

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(Writing by Carl Bagh, Bangalore Editorial Reference Unit;
Editing by David Holmes)
($1=.7322 Euro)

FACTBOX-Chemicals group Cognis targeted by bidders