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Albemarle completes sale

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Albemarle Corporation (Albemarle), a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry, has announced the successful completion of the previously announced sale of its ChemetallTM Surface Treatment business and related assets to BASF for proceeds of approximately US$3.2 billion.

The proceeds are subject to typical adjustments with respect to certain pension liabilities, cash, working capital and indebtedness. Luke Kissam, Chairman, President and CEO, stated, "We are very pleased to complete this transaction, which will accelerate our transformation into a company focused on powering increased energy efficiency around the world through our leading lithium and refinery catalysts businesses. We appreciate the contribution that the Chemetall Surface Treatment team has made to Albemarle over the last two years. We are certain that BASF will be an excellent steward of this outstanding business."

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