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May 24, 2016

Spin-offs of the proposed merger of Dow and DuPont and other mega mergers will create buying opportunities for PE firms that invest in coatings, adhesives and sealants.

The U.S. specialty chemicals sector remains an attractive sector for middle-market investors, despite modest global growth, the crude oil decline, the commodity capital cycle and the recent dip in public market valuations (as measured by a proprietary index that tracks the relative valuation of the specialty chemical sector), which may indicate lower multiples for acquisitions in the future.

Deal flow over the next two to three years is expected to remain healthy, which, combined with an attractive investment thesis, could create substantial opportunity for private equity buyers.

Mergers & Acquisitions article: Chemical Makers Keep Drawing Buyers