MOL Tankers to acquire Fairfield Chemical Carriers for US$400 million
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MOL Tankers to acquire Fairfield Chemical Carriers for US$400 million

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter, subject to customary regulatory approvals

  • By ICN Bureau | September 18, 2023

MOL Chemical Tankers and Fairfield-Maxwell announced that they have come to an agreement in principle by which MOL Chemical Tankers would acquire the business of Fairfield Chemical Carriers.

The acquisition has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors, subject to the usual terms and conditions as set forth in the share purchase agreement. In acquiring Fairfield Chemical Carriers’ business, MOL Chemical Tankers would obtain 100% of the shares in Fairfield Chemical Carriers Pte. Ltd. in an all-cash transaction for about US$400 million, subject to change depending on the price adjustment under the share purchase agreement.

The acquisition includes Fairfield Chemical Carriers’ subsidiaries: Fairfield Japan Ltd.; Fairfield Chemical Carriers BV in the Netherlands; Fairfield Chemical Carriers South Africa; and Fairfield Chemical Carriers Pte. Ltd. in Singapore. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

Fairfield Chemical Carriers’ fleet consists of 36 chemical tankers. As such, the fleet would dovetail with MOL Chemical Tankers’ fleet of 85 chemical tankers. By combining the companies, MOLCT would have a broader, stronger fleet and service network for customers.

“The businesses of MOL Chemical Tankers and Fairfield Chemical Carriers are very complementary,” said Akira Sasa, MOL Chemical Tankers’ CEO. “It is a great pleasure to be welcoming Fairfield Chemical Carriers to the MOL Chemical Tankers Group. Our decision to enter into this agreement is based on not only the value of their attractive fleet, but also on their solid business reputation, respected brand and the people who have created it. I strongly believe that this acquisition would bring even greater value to all of our stakeholders.”

“Fairfield Chemical Carriers has been successful as an all-stainless steel, chemical tanker company in the industry in terms of service, quality and people,” said Anthony Dowd, CEO of Fairfield-Maxwell. “Merging with MOL Chemical Tankers would give this business the resources to continue to succeed and grow.” Dowd added that both companies remain committed to ensuring that customers would not experience any disruptions to the superior service to which they’ve become accustomed.

“Our aim is to become an excellent chemical tanker operator that is more valuable to customers in every aspect,” said Sasa. “The addition of Fairfield Chemical Carriers would accelerate our efforts to strengthen our Safety, Digital Transformation (DX), Human Capital and Environmental Strategies to achieve the sustainability goals.”

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