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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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FORM 8-K
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CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 1, 2021

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ALBEMARLE CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
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Virginia 001-12658 54-1692118
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
4250 Congress Street, Suite 900
Charlotte, North Carolina 28209
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (980) 299-5700
Not applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class Trading Symbol Name of each exchange on which registered
COMMON STOCK, $.01 Par Value ALB 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 (17 CFR 230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR 240.12b-2)
Emerging growth company
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 7.01.    Regulation FD Disclosure.

On June 1, 2021, Albemarle Corporation (the “Company”) issued a press release regarding the completion of its sale of certain assets and assignment of certain liabilities (the “Transaction”) constituting its Fine Chemistry Services business located in South Haven, Michigan and Tyrone, Pennsylvania (the “Business”) to Fine Chemical Manufacturing Services LLC (the “SPV”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn. (the “Purchaser”). A copy of this press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

In accordance with General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information in this Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, 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, nor shall either be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific references in such a filing.

Item 8.01.    Other Events.

On June 1, 2021, the Company announced that it had completed the Transaction of its previously announced sale of the Business pursuant to the Sale, Purchase and Contribution Agreement, dated as of February 25, 2021 (the “Agreement”), with the Purchaser and SPV.

Pursuant to the Agreement, the Company received approximately $570 million for the Business, consisting of $300 million in cash and the issuance to the Company of preferred units of the SPV with an aggregate stated value of $270 million, subject to the adjustments set forth in the Agreement. The preferred units accrue a 12% payment-in-kind dividend beginning two years after the closing of the Transaction.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
Some of the information presented in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including, without limitation, information related to the Transaction, plans and anticipated benefits in relation to the Transaction, and all other information relating to matters that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from the views expressed herein. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the outlook expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement include, without limitation: changes in economic and business conditions; changes in priorities, financial, and operating performance of Albemarle’s major customers and industries and markets served by Albemarle; the timing of orders received from customers; the gain or loss of significant customers; competition from other manufacturers; changes in the demand for Albemarle’s products or the end-user markets in which its products are sold; the availability of financing; the occurrence of regulatory actions, proceedings, claims, or litigation; and the other factors detailed from time to time in the reports Albemarle files with the SEC, including those described under “Risk Factors” in its Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K. Albemarle assumes no obligation to provide any revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by securities and other applicable laws.

Item 9.01.    Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.
Exhibit
Number Exhibit
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)



SIGNATURES

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.

ALBEMARLE CORPORATION
Date: June 1, 2021 By: /s/ Karen G. Narwold
Karen G. Narwold
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel


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