Feb 21 Chemical maker Tronox Ltd said
it would expand a business that makes titanium dioxide, a
whitening pigment used in paints, with a $1.67 billion deal.
Shares of the company were up 4 percent in premarket trading
Tronox is buying the titanium dioxide unit of privately held
chemical and mining company Cristal.
Cristal will hold a 24 percent stake in the new Tronox,
which will include the expanded pigments unit.
Tronox also plans to sell its alkali business. The unit
makes natural soda ash, which is used in the production of
glass, detergents, chemicals, pulp and paper.
The cash portion of the deal is expected to be partly funded
through the sale of the alkali business and other non-core
Cristal will also get two board seats on Tronox's
Post the deal, Tronox will operate 11 titanium dioxide
plants in eight countries with a total capacity of 1.3 million
metric tons per year.
Credit Suisse was Tronox's financial adviser, while Kirkland
& Ellis LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP were its legal
(Reporting by Komal Khettry in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak