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Advent International’s GTM Completes Acquisition Brazilian Chemical Distributor quantiQ

3 April 2017

GTM Holdings, a portfolio company of private equity firm Advent International, has acquired Brazilian chemical distributor quantiQ following approval from CADE.

(Press Release) GTM Holdings, S.A. (GTM), one of the largest chemical distributors in Latin America, today announced the completion of the acquisition of Brazil’s largest chemical distributor, quantiQ, from Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas, after approval by the Brazilian competition authority, Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (CADE).

The deal was announced to the market in January and is valued at R$ 550 million. quantiQ adds a differentiated and fully developed business line to GTM’s existing chemical distribution businesses in Brazil, creating the largest, independent chemical distribution platform in Latin America. The transaction further consolidates GTM’s leadership position across the Latin American market.
Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors, is the controlling shareholder of GTM and provided equity financing to support GTM’s acquisition of quantiQ.
Founded in 1991 as Ipiranga Química, quantiQ has a long track record in the chemicals industry and is a well-recognized brand. The company has a complete portfolio in commodities, performance and specialty products, offering value-added services for its 5,000+ clients in 50 different end markets, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and nutrition. quantiQ is the leading chemical distributor in Brazil in a fragmented market where the top 10 players have only 30% market share.

quantiQ and GTM will now begin to integrate operations and together will operate 62 distribution centers in 12 countries throughout Latin America with nine application laboratories and serve over 15,000 customers across 50+ different market segments. As a result, GTM’s enlarged platform will now be able to offer customers and suppliers a wider chemical distribution network and a broader, more innovative product range based on state-of-the-art technologies.

“The acquisition of quantiQ consolidates our presence in Brazil, creating a leading regional platform that offers a robust set of solution based services to our customers and suppliers across Latin America,” said Michael van Marle, Chairman and CEO of GTM. “Together, GTM and quantiQ provide the market with a new, robust option that integrates a unique portfolio of innovative products, technologies, services and solutions. GTM is now a one stop shop solution.”

“The acquisition of quantiQ by GTM represents a very important step in our success. The transaction will provide quantiQ with increased competitiveness, a complementary product portfolio and many business opportunities,” said Armando Bighetti, who will continue to lead quantiQ in Brazil.”. “The quantiQ team is highly enthusiastic with expectations of strong growth and the pursuit of leadership in chemical distribution opportunities in Latin America.”

As part of the closing of the transaction, GTM has decided to move its head office to São Paulo. Brazil is the largest market in Latin America and quantiQ is now the largest operation in the GTM platform. The company also considers it important to be located in the financial center of Brazil to have direct access to the most dynamic capital market in Latin America.

Additionally, Michael van Marle, Chairman and CEO of GTM Holdings, has decided to transition from his current role to serve the newly combined company in an advisory capacity by remaining a board member and shareholder. Jose Berges, current COO of GTM Holdings, will assume the role of CEO and will be based in São Paulo. Mr. Berges has extensive experience working at multinational companies focused on chemicals in general and specifically in Latin America. GTM’s Board expresses its gratitude for Mr. van Marle’s visionary leadership and for the critical role that he played in the growth of the company over the past 14 years and is confident that Mr. Berges will be able to lead the company successfully and continue its current path of growth.