Huntsman shareholders have voted to elect all ten of its director nominees to the board at their AGM, giving the management an important victory over ‘activist’ shareholder Starboard, which had been trying to steer the firm in a different direction. It can now continue to follow the strategy outlined at an Investor Day in November 2021, subject to final results.
The Huntsman board of directors has authorised management to conduct a strategic review of the Singapore-based Textile Effects division, including a possible sale. This will begin within Q1. No timeline has been set but the company said that “plans to move expeditiously”.
Textile Effects is expected to generate close to $100 million in adjusted EBITDA in 2021, recovering much of what was lost due to COVID-19. On this basis, said Peter R. Huntsman, chairman, president and CEO, “we believe now is the right time to explore options for Textile Effects”.
New York-based SK Capital Partners has acquired most of Huntsman’s stake in TiO2 pigments and performance additives producer Venator Materials, which Huntsman span off in 2017. In all, it has bought a 40% stake or 42.5 million shares for about $100 million, including a 30-month option to buy the remaining 9.5 million at $2.15/share.