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Goldman’s S. Korea Asset Could Fetch $1.3b in Auction

Goldman’s S. Korea Asset Could Fetch $1.3b in AuctionGoldman’s S. Korea Asset Could Fetch $1.3b in Auction

South Korea’s Daesung Industrial Gases, nearly half-owned by Goldman Sachs, will be put up for auction with first-round bids due in early December–a deal reportedly worth about 1.5 trillion won ($1.3 billion).

Goldman owns 48% of the company through an investment unit while Daesung Group Partners owns 40%. Daesung Group is keen to sell its stake to cut debt, a spokesman for the South Korean company said, Fortune reported.

Goldman Sachs declined to comment.

Newspaper Korea Economic Daily reported this month that the deal, in which 100% of the company will be sold, is likely to be worth around 1.5 trillion won based on an expected EBITDA of 150 billion won this year. More than 10 parties have received information about the sale, domestic media have also said.

In 2014, Daesung Group sold a 68% stake in the industrial gas maker to a consortium led by Goldman Sachs for about $400 million.

Daesung Industrial Gases produces industrial gases like nitrogen and oxygen, used in the steel, petrochemicals, refining, electronics and medical sectors. It is South Korea’s No. 2 maker of industrial and special gases, with a 25% market share.

Its major customers include LG Display, SK Hynix, GS Caltex and LG Chem, according to a company filing.

A spokesman for SK Holdings, the largest shareholder of industrial gas maker SK Materials, said it had received information about the sale but it has yet to decide on whether to bid.


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