March 25 Chemical company PolyOne Corp
said it would sell its base resin assets to Mexican plastic pipe
and chemical maker Mexichem SAB de CV for $250
million in cash as it shifts its focus to specialty chemicals.
The resin assets, which are a part of PolyOne's performance
products and solutions business, accounted for about 22 percent
of the company's 2012 revenue of $679.4 million.
The company expects the sale to reduce its annual earnings
by about 22 cents per share.
PolyOne has been looking to transform itself into a
specialty chemical business. The company bought plastic products
maker Spartech Corp in a $246 million deal in October.
The company has also sold off other commodity chemical
businesses including its stake in resin supplier Oxy Vinyls in
2007 and in chlor alkali manufacturer SunBelt in 2011.