ICL Sells Clearon To Dalian Group

Sale is part of ICL's strategy to divest its non-core businesses

Mar 02, 2016, 08:18 ET from ICL

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

ICL (NYSE and TASE: ICL), today announced that its ICL Industrial Products segment has sold its Clearon Corp. business unit ("Clearon") to Hui Yu Xin American Corp., a subsidiary of Dalian Hui Yu Xin Technology Development Co., Ltd., a Chinese specialty chemicals company ("Dalian").

Clearon is a leading manufacturer and supplier of water treatment chemicals for the pool and spa industry. The sale does not include ICL's brominated biocides business for industrial applications which is a core activity and which ICL will continue to operate separately from Clearon.  Clearon intends to continue to sell brominated biocide products to the pool and spa industry.

The sale of Clearon is part of ICL's 'Next Step Forward' strategy to divest its non-core businesses to focus on its core businesses in the agriculture, food and engineered materials markets and to optimize its positioning in those markets.

Commenting on the transaction, ICL Industrial Products President, Charles Weidhas, stated, "We are delighted to sell Clearon to an industry leader like Dalian which intends to further develop Clearon's world-class pool and spa water treatment business. We view Dalian as an optimal owner for Clearon, and believe it will build on Clearon's strong reputation as a market leader with premier water treatment products and service capabilities. This is an optimal transaction for ICL and Dalian, as well as for Clearon's dedicated managers and employees. We wish them much success going forward in the future."

About ICL   

ICL is a global manufacturer of products based on specialty minerals that fulfill humanity's essential needs primarily in three markets: agriculture, food and engineered materials.

ICL produces approximately a third of the world's bromine, and is the sixth largest potash producer, as well as the leading provider of pure phosphoric acid. It is a major manufacturer of specialty fertilizers, specialty phosphates and flame retardants. ICL's mining and manufacturing activities are located in Israel, Europe, the Americas and China, and are supported by global distribution and supply networks.

The agricultural products that ICL produces help to feed the world's growing population. The potash and phosphates that it mines and manufactures are used as ingredients in fertilizers and serve as an essential component in the pharmaceutical and food additives industries. The food additives that ICL produces enable people to have greater access to more varied and higher quality food. ICL's water treatment products supply clean water to millions of people as well industry around the world. Other substances, based on bromine and phosphates, help to create energy that is more efficient and environmentally friendly, prevent the spread of forest fires and allow the safe and widespread use of a variety of products and materials.

ICL benefits from a number of unique advantages, including its vertically integrated activities and complementary and synergistic downstream operations for the production of unique end products; its balanced and varied product portfolio in growing markets; broad presence throughout the world and proximity to large markets, including in emerging regions.

ICL operates within a strategic framework of sustainability that includes a commitment to the environment, support of communities in which ICL's manufacturing operations are located and where its employees live, and a commitment to all its employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.

ICL is a public company whose shares are dual listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (NYSE and TASE: ICL). 46.2% of ICL's equity is held by Israel Corp., 13.9% by Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and the remainder by the public.

The company employs approximately 14,000 people worldwide, and its sales in 2015 totaled US$5.4 billion. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.icl-group.com.

Forward Looking Statement  

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Amiram Fleisher
Fleisher Communications

Limor Gruber
Head of Investor Relations, ICL