PAH was incorporated in April 2013 and was initially listed on the London Stock Exchange, but moved its stock to the New York Stock Exchange in 2013 after it acquired MacDermid, Inc. It was later renamed as Platform Specialty Products Corp operating in 24 countries. It is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States, and is referred to as the “chemicals empire.”
The company’s businesses are in the oil production and drilling, graphic arts, and plastics finishing industries. It operates its business by building a portfolio of companies that are leading in the market in the chemical sphere. The firm’s operations are characterized by the use of a blended chemistry manufacturing model that is non-capital intensive. This model requires very high level of technical and innovation services. The company is referred to as an “asset-lite” company meaning that it generates returns through acquisitions that do not require heavy capital investment.
The firm was formed to undertake acquisitions, which could be in the form of the capital stock exchange, stock purchases, asset acquisitions, and mergers, reorganizations of similar businesses, and schemes of arrangements. These acquisitions are of target firms or businesses expected to have enterprise values of between $750M to $2.5B.