PPG issues statement regarding third merger offer AkzoNobel
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PPG issues statement regarding third merger offer to AkzoNobel

10:32 AM, 9th May 2017
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PITTSBURGH, US: PPG Industries Inc (PPG) has issued a statement in connection with its third proposal to AkzoNobel NV to form a combined company

PPG said that it is disappointed that AkzoNobel has once again refused to enter into a negotiation regarding a combination of the two companies, ignoring the best interests of its stakeholders, including long-term shareholders who overwhelmingly support engagement.

PPG confirm that its chairman and CEO Michael McGarry and its lead independent director Hugh Grant met with Antony Burgmans, chairman of the supervisory board of AkzoNobel, and Ton Buchner, CEO and chairman of the board of management of AkzoNobel.

Following no feedback, since PPG provided its revised proposal, PPG made yet another attempt to discuss the proposal which AkzoNobel responded to, stipulating to meet PPG.

The meeting lasted less than 90 minutes, and the AkzoNobel chairs stated at the beginning that the meeting was solely for the purpose of reviewing PPG’s revised proposal. Specifically, the AkzoNobel chairs stated up front that they did not have the intent nor the authority to negotiate.

They also did not share any concerns regarding PPG’s proposal, or analysis or comparison of their new standalone strategy versus PPG’s proposal, nor would they entertain any questions or discussion about their plan or analysis.

PPG continues to believe its proposal is vastly superior in shareholder value creation and provides more certainty to employees and pensioners than AkzoNobel’s recently announced new standalone plan.

PPG’s proposal represents a 50 percent premium over AkzoNobel’s unaffected stock price and a 24 percent premium to its stock price after the announcement of its standalone plan. The failure of the AkzoNobel boards to engage with PPG to fully evaluate and discuss PPG’s proposal reflects a continued lack of proper governance and is another attempt to avoid a true comparison on stakeholder impacts of PPG’s proposal versus AkzoNobel’s separate plan.

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