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Chemical Consulting: Transaction and M&A Support

Robust company, market and industry analysis, authored by highly credible and experienced consultants, is critical to effectively define the scope, understand viability and successfully execute and close a transaction.

Built on IHS reputation for integrity and our extensive industry intellectual capital and proprietary information, our consulting team are leaders in providing both commercial and technical due diligence to support M&A transactions. From risk advisory to business plan projections, we provide advice and support on all aspects of the lending, purchasing and selling process. Whether you are involved in asset valuations, mergers and acquisitions, project economics or technical analysis, we can streamline your decision-making process.

Combining the unmatched breadth and depth of the information and insight provided in our multi-subscriber databases and reports, with our consultants’ first-hand industry experience, we are well placed to understand the issues, concerns and considerations whilst evaluating the deployment of capital for a potential transaction.

We can help answer:
  • What is the potential upside and downside of a transaction?
  • How does the IHS forecast compare with the company’s business plan?
  • How can we better understand the integrated structure of a competitor’s business?
  • Are there premium products and what is the outlook for margins?
  • How does the company differentiate itself from competitors?
  • How strong is the company’s IP position?
  • How well maintained are the assets?
  • What are the risks associated with this transaction?
Our capabilities include:
  • Technology and IP position assessment
  • Commercial and technical due diligence
  • Target acquisition screening
  • Buy-side and sell-side analysis
  • Risk advisory
  • Cash flow and profit margin projection
  • Operational and financial sustainability
  • Business performance assessment
  • Mergers & acquisition support

Qualifications and Experience

This list is not exhaustive and is intended to serve as an introduction to IHS Chemical Consulting’s breadth of services offered:

Project NameProject Description
Buy-side Due Diligence on a Major Regional Petrochemicals ProducerFor a private equity firm, IHS performed buy-side commercial and technical due diligence analysis of a major regional gas, NGLs, petrochemicals and rubber producer. IHS combined teams from Energy, Downstream and Chemicals covered the operations and value chains served by the Target company. Our project teams carried out site visits to assess production facilities, developed market and price outlooks for all of the energy and chemical products of the Target, and reviewed the commercial (cost, price, volume) inputs to the 5-year business plan including maintenance and logistics costs. IHS report documented the full technical and commercial assessment of the business, risks to the business plan and critical valuation drivers.
Technical Due DiligenceIHS Chemical was retained by an international bank to provide a technical due diligence on the buy side of a Russian petrochemical company’s divestment of its fertilizer assets. IHS Chemical visited the sites and attended the Management Presentation to gather operating information and management views. IHS presented its view on the operational state of the assets and prepared a report for the bank and the eventual buyer.
Restructuring of a Chemical ProducerIHS Chemical was retained by a creditor bank to analyze the business and financial situation of a chemical producer on the verge of bankruptcy. IHS Chemical advised the bank, the Client Company, and the bankruptcy court, valued the assets, and commented on financial statements and vendor lists.
Investment / Sell Side Analysis for a PortfolioFor a mid-tier private equity firm, IHS developed an analysis of future US and USGC industrial activity for 2015 through 2020. This work was based on IHS outlook for energy and chemical supply, demand and capacities, and energy and chemical prices. The project estimated industrial capital and maintenance expenditures, and was also based on IHS Global Insight outlook for GDP by country and region, and IHS Energy Insight outlook for oil and gas production and prices.
Profit Outlook for a Major Petrochemical CompanyFor a private equity firm focused on equity and credit investments, IHS developed an outlook for each of its many products, including a SWOT analysis (demand growth, industry consolidation, product substitution, cost competitiveness and technologies), and developed a detailed “bottoms up” operating cash flow model consistent with IHS energy and chemical price forecasts.

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