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January 29, 2014

Eastman to acquire BP's aviation turbine oil business

Mary Page Bailey

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.; www.eastman.com) has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of BP’s global aviation turbine engine oil business, with annual revenues of approximately $100 million.  The acquisition includes a production facility in Linden, NJ, specialized laboratory equipment located in Naperville, Ill., and a longterm supply agreement for products related to the acquired business that BP will use to serve industrial markets. Subject to receipt of required regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2014. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
 
“With the acquisition of BP’s global aviation turbine oil business, Eastman will gain a growing and profitable specialty chemical business that aligns well with our existing product offerings,” said Ron Lindsay, chief operating officer.  “This acquisition is consistent with our objective of consistent superior value through disciplined capital allocation including bolt-on acquisitions.”
 
The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Eastman’s full-year 2014 earnings excluding acquisition-related costs and charges.  Following the completion of the transaction, the aviation turbine oil business will become part of Eastman's Specialty Fluids & Intermediates segment.

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