Grupo KUO announces agreement with Mexichem to sell phosphates business

Excerpt of press release by Grupo KUO

Grupo KUO, S.A.B. de C.V. (Grupo KUO) (BMV:KUO) today announced that it has reached an agreement with Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V. (Mexichem), for the sale of Quimir, S.A. de C.V. (Quimir), a company in the chemical sector specialized in the phosphates business.

Quimir is a chemical company focused on the production and sale of industrial and food-grade phosphates, among others, which are used mainly for detergent manufacturing. The annual sales of this business were approximately US $160 million in 2007.

Proceeds from this transaction will be used by Grupo KUO primarily for investments to support the growth of current businesses and new projects, as well as to continue lowering the company’s leverage, thereby further strengthening the financial structure of the Group.

This divestment is part of Grupo KUO’s strategy of managing a dynamic portfolio of businesses to continue generating value for its shareholders. The closing of the transaction is subject to the approval of the corresponding governmental entities and other authorizations.

Grupo KUO is one of the most important industrial groups in Mexico, with approximately US $1,900 million in annual sales and 17,000 employees, and through its subsidiaries is a leading participant in the Chemicals, Consumer and Auto Parts businesses.

Atlas Advisors acted as financial advisor to Grupo KUOin connection with this transaction.

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