Oaktree Capital’ Neo Performance and Luxfer terminate acquisition agreement

Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE: LXFR) and Neo Performance Materials Inc. (TSX: NEO), a portfolio company of Oaktree Capital Management, have mutually agreed to terminate the previously announced transaction pursuant to which Luxfer would have acquired Neo for US $612 million in cash and stock.

The support agreement with OPPS NPM S.a.r.l and OPPS II NPM S.a.r.l will also terminate upon termination of the agreement.

Luxfer has agreed to reimburse Neo for its out-of-pocket expenses relating to the transactions of up to US $3.5 million. The two parties have agreed to limit any comments or other disclosure relating to the termination.

Oaktree Capital Management, through OPPS NPM, controls 64.6% of Neo Performance Materials.

Toronto based Neo Performance Materials is a global leader in the innovation and manufacturing of rare earth and rare metal-based functional materials, which are essential inputs to high technology, high growth, future-facing industries.

photo credit: Neo Performance Materials

News Release

Luxfer Holdings and Neo Performance Materials Mutually Agree to Terminate Acquisition Agreement

MANCHESTER, England & TORONTO, Canada — March 10, 2019 – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE: LXFR) (“Luxfer”) and Neo Performance Materials Inc. (TSX: NEO) (“Neo Performance Materials” or “Neo”) today announced that the companies have mutually agreed to terminate the previously announced transaction (the “Neo Acquisition”) under which Luxfer would have acquired Neo for US$612 million* in cash and stock.

About Luxfer Holdings PLC

Luxfer is a global manufacturer of highly-engineered advanced materials, which focuses on value creation by using its broad array of technical knowhow and proprietary technologies. Luxfer’s high-performance materials, components, and high-pressure gas containment devices are used in defense and emergency response, healthcare, transportation, and general industrial settings. For more information, visit www.luxfer.com. Luxfer is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and its ordinary shares trade under the symbol LXFR.

About Neo Performance Materials

Neo Performance Materials is a global leader in the innovation and manufacturing of rare earth and rare metal-based functional materials, which are essential inputs to high technology, high growth, future-facing industries. The business of Neo Performance Materials is organized along three segments: Magnequench, Chemicals & Oxides and Rare Metals. Neo Performance Materials is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with corporate offices in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and Beijing, China. Neo Performance Materials operates globally with sales and production across 10 countries, being Japan, China, Thailand, Estonia, Singapore, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, United States and South Korea. For more information, please visit www.neomaterials.com. Neo Performance Materials is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and its common shares trade under the symbol NEO.

*Note: Transaction value based on share price at close of business on December 14, 2018.

Luxfer Investor Contact:
Douglas A. Fox, CFA
Director, Investor Relations
Cassandra Stanford
Communications Specialist
+1 951-341-2375
Investor.relations@luxfer.com

Neo Investor Contact:
Ali Mahdavi
Investor Relations
(416) 962-3300
Email: ir@neomaterials.com

Ted Liu

Ted Liu, M.Sc. (Mining, Queen's), MBA (Finance, Toronto), is the Editor of Private Capital Journal, CanadaMetals.ca, TechWire.ca, and the former Editor of Canadian Private Equity. Ted has been passionately tracking Canadian private capital industry since 1992, having most recently served as Research Director for The Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA).

Ted is the architect of CVCA infobase, and is the architect of CPE Media's Financings.ca, Canada's most sophisticated and advanced all private capital and public market financing database.