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Air Products Moves Forward with Its Materials Technologies Business Spin-Off to Versum Materials

Files Initial Form 10 Registration Statement with SEC

Air Products (NYSE:APD) announced today it filed an initial Form 10* registration statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to move forward the previously announced spin-off of its Materials Technologies business, which will be named Versum Materials. 

Air Products expects to complete the spin-off on or before September 2016. Versum Materials intends to apply to have its common stock authorized for listing on the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. 

“This filing is another important step toward providing current shareholders ownership in two leading and focused companies,” said Seifi Ghasemi, chairman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) at Air Products. “We will set up Versum Materials to be a best-in-class specialty materials company, committed to innovating performance-critical products for customers, delivering strong financial results for shareholders, and advancing employees,” he said. After the spin-off, Ghasemi will maintain his role at Air Products and be non-executive chairman of Versum Materials. 

Guillermo Novo, who will become Versum Materials’ CEO said, “We look forward to the opportunity to operate as a stand-alone company focused on specialty materials. From the electronics industry to the performance materials end markets we serve, we’re passionate about working closely with customers to help advance their products and technologies around the world.” 

The Form 10 filing also identifies other members of the Versum Materials leadership team, including George Bitto, who will serve as chief financial officer and information technology director; Pat Loughlin, who will serve as senior vice president, Operations and Supply Chain; and Michael Valente, who will serve as senior vice president, Law and Human Resources, general counsel and secretary. 

The new company, Versum Materials, will be a global business that delivers specialty solutions focused within niche markets, holds leading positions in most of its end-markets, is focused on innovation-driven solutions, and has strong growth prospects. The Electronic Materials Division provides tailored solutions and materials to customers in the semiconductor industry, while the Performance Materials Division provides epoxy, polyurethane, and specialty additives to the construction, composites, adhesives, coatings and other industries. Versum Materials will have a workforce of approximately 3,200 employees and operate in more than 12 countries across the globe.