Cosmetics & Personal Care

Acquisition of Iberchem expands reach into high growth fragrances market

Croda International Plc, the speciality chemical company that uses smart science to create high performance ingredients and technologies that improve lives, announced that it has agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of Fragrance Spanish Topco, S.L., trading as Iberchem a leading global fragrances and flavours (“F&F”) company, for a total consideration of €820m (c.£736m) on a debt-free, cash-free basis. Iberchem has been majority owned by Eurazeo since 2017. The consideration will be funded via a combination of the Group’s existing debt facilities and the proceeds of an equity placing, representing c.8% of Croda’s issued share capital.

Iberchem was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Murcia, Spain. As at August 2020, it had approximately 850 employees, 14 manufacturing facilities, 10 R&D centres and a commercial presence in 120 countries. Approximately 80% of its sales are fragrances for Personal Care and Home Care products, areas where it has a similar customer profile to Croda. A further c.20% of sales are generated by its Scentium flavours business, principally for food, pharmaceutical and oral care applications.