McDermott to proceed with Lummus Technology sale

Source: press release, 3 March 2020

Lummus Technology’s petrochemical technology portfolio – one of the industry’s most diversified – includes building block processes for a wide range of products derived from olefins and aromatics
Lummus Technology’s petrochemical technology portfolio – one of the industry’s most diversified – includes building block processes for a wide range of products derived from olefins and aromatics (photo: McDermott)

McDermott International, Inc. has announced that the company intends to move forward with the previously announced share and asset purchase agreement to sell all of the Lummus Technology business to a joint partnership between The Chatterjee Group and Rhône Capital. McDermott did not receive a higher or better bid during the solicitation period, and the auction previously scheduled for Monday, 9 March 2020, will not occur.

As announced on 21 January 2020, subsidiaries of McDermott entered into a share and asset purchase agreement to sell Lummus Technology to The Chatterjee Group and Rhône Capital, as the “stalking horse bidder”, for a base purchase price of USD 2.725 billion, subject to higher or otherwise better bids received through a court-supervised auction process. Under the terms of the Agreement, McDermott will have the option to retain or purchase, as applicable, a 10% common equity ownership interest in the entity purchasing Lummus Technology.

The sale hearing to confirm the sale of Lummus Technology to the Joint Partnership will take place on Thursday, 12 March 2020 at 09:00 CT.

Proceeds from the sale of Lummus Technology are expected to repay McDermott’s DIP financing in full, as well as fund emergence costs and provide cash to the balance sheet for long-term liquidity.