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Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 15, 2020



PQ Group Holdings Inc.



Commission File Number: 001-38221


Delaware   81-3406833

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


300 Lindenwood Drive

Malvern, Pennsylvania

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(610) 651-4400

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class





Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share   PQG   New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐




Item 1.01

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On October 15, 2020, PQ Corporation, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of PQ Group Holdings Inc. (the “Company”), entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with Potters Buyer, LLC, an affiliate of The Jordan Company, L.P. (the “Purchaser”), pursuant to which the Company will divest its Performance Materials business to the Purchaser through the sale of the Company’s direct and indirect equity interests in each of the Company’s subsidiaries comprising the Performance Materials business (the “Transaction”). The Company will provide the Purchaser with certain transition services related to the Performance Materials business for a period of nine months from the date of the closing of the transaction. The Transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2020.

Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the Purchaser will pay a purchase price of $650 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments specified therein, including for indebtedness, cash, working capital and transaction expenses of the Performance Materials business at the closing of the Transaction.

The Purchase Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and covenants by each party that are subject, in some cases, to specified exceptions and qualifications contained in the Purchase Agreement.

Each party’s obligation to consummate the Transaction pursuant to the Purchase Agreement is subject to customary closing conditions as set out therein, including, among others, (i) subject to certain exceptions, the accuracy of the representations and warranties of the parties; (ii) performance in all material respects by each of the parties of its covenants and agreements; (iii) receipt of certain required regulatory clearances; and (iv) the absence of any law or order from any governmental entity prohibiting consummation of the Transaction.

The Purchase Agreement includes certain termination rights for each of the Company and the Purchaser. The Purchase Agreement further provides that, in connection with a termination by the Company under certain specified circumstances, including if the conditions to closing are satisfied and the Purchaser is required to close the Transaction but fails to do so, the Company will be entitled to receive a termination fee of $35.75 million from the Purchaser.

The foregoing description of the Purchase Agreement does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to, the full text of the Purchase Agreement, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 2.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, and is incorporated herein by reference. It is not intended to provide any other information about the Company, the Purchaser or their respective subsidiaries and affiliates. The Purchase Agreement contains representations and warranties that are the product of negotiations among the parties thereto and the parties made to, and solely for the benefit of, each other as of specified dates. The assertions embodied in those representations and warranties are subject to qualifications and limitations agreed to by the respective parties and are also qualified in important part by confidential disclosure schedules delivered by the respective parties to the Purchase Agreement. The representations and warranties may have been made for the purpose of allocating contractual risk between the parties to the agreements instead of establishing these matters as facts, and may be subject to standards of materiality applicable to the contracting parties that differ from those applicable to investors.


Item 8.01

Other Events.

On October 15, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the entry into the Purchase Agreement. A copy of the press release is being furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference herein.

The information in Item 8.01 to this Current Report on Form 8-K (including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto) shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section. The information in Item 8.01 to this Current Report on Form 8-K (including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto) shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing or other document under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing or document.

Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits





  2.1    Stock Purchase Agreement, dated as of October 15, 2020, by and among PQ Corporation and Potters Buyer, LLC*
99.1    Press release dated October 15, 2020
104    The cover page from this Current Report on Form 8-K of PQ Group Holdings Inc., formatted in Inline XBRL and included as Exhibit 101



Schedules and exhibits have been omitted pursuant to Item 601(a)(5) of Regulation S-K. The registrant agrees to furnish supplementally a copy of any omitted schedule or exhibit to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission upon request.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: October 16, 2020     PQ Group Holdings Inc.

/s/ Michael Crews

      Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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