(Reuters) - LyondellBasell Industries NV (LYB.N) has approached Brazil’s Braskem SA (BRKM5.SA) (BAK.N) for a potential takeover, valuing the petrochemicals company at more than $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
The talks are at an early stage and there is no guarantee of a deal, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. on.wsj.com/2zRqhHj
A deal would help LyondellBasell expand in Latin America, where Braskem is the biggest petrochemicals company.
The news comes amid a wave of big mergers in the chemicals sector. Dow Chemical and DuPont completed their $130 billion merger last month to form DowDuPont (DWDP.N), while ChemChina [CNCC.UL] bought Swiss seeds group Syngenta SYNN.S for $43 billion earlier this year.
LyondellBasell and Braskem did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
LyondellBasell’s shares rose 6 percent to $105.03 while Braskem’s U.S.-listed shares climbed 14 percent to $33.42 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
Reporting by Ahmed Farhatha in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar