PPG reiterates invitation to AkzoNobel to discuss combination of companies

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PPG reiterates invitation to AkzoNobel to discuss combination of companies

April 06, 2017 - 07:55
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PITTSBURGH, PA, April 5, 2017 (Press Release) -PPG today reiterated its invitation to AkzoNobel to enter into discussions to explore PPG’s proposal to form a combined company. This follows the previous announcements on March 9, 2017, and March 22, 2017.

PPG continues to believe that a combination of the two companies has a strong strategic rationale and presents a highly compelling and unique opportunity for both AkzoNobel and PPG and their respective stakeholders.

“We made a compelling offer to AkzoNobel that provides its shareholders with a significant premium and the opportunity to benefit from the upside potential of a stronger company that is well positioned for future growth and value creation. Together, we can create a stronger company that will benefit all of AkzoNobel’s stakeholders, including its Netherlands-based employees,” said Michael McGarry, PPG Chairman and CEO.

Although AkzoNobel has declined PPG’s repeated invitations to meet, PPG remains committed to seeking engagement with AkzoNobel. PPG believes AkzoNobel should honor growing requests to engage and fully consider all relevant options to create the most value for all of its stakeholders, and benefit from the multiple months of preparation already completed by PPG.

“The resounding feedback we have received in the Netherlands, the U.K. and the U.S. further validates the merits of combining PPG and AkzoNobel,” McGarry said. “We are now even more convinced that this combination is in the best interests of all stakeholders of AkzoNobel.”

PPG has stated its commitment to address several areas of importance previously identified by AkzoNobel, such as continuing commitments to research and development, honoring existing employment terms of employees and social plans, locating key businesses in Europe and in the Netherlands, maintaining important public-private partnerships, and further strengthening community investments and commitments to sustainability and social responsibility. PPG can provide detailed answers to any specific concerns that AkzoNobel may have, including with respect to antitrust matters where PPG’s antitrust experts have conducted extensive analysis and are confident that there is a clear path forward to complete the transaction.

“We once again invite AkzoNobel to meet with us to learn more about our specific proposals. We are prepared to address all of AkzoNobel’s concerns in a collaborative and substantive manner, and the best approach for AkzoNobel is to engage with PPG in each of these important areas for the benefit of all stakeholders,” McGarry said.

In accordance with Dutch law, PPG confirms its intention to make a public offer for all the issued and outstanding shares of AkzoNobel. A draft offer memorandum is currently expected to be submitted by PPG to the AFM no later than June 1, 2017.

PPG Overview and its History and Commitment in the Netherlands

PPG: WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD™

PPG is a leading global supplier of paints, coatings and specialty materials. PPG has annual revenues of approximately $15 billion and a current market capitalization of approximately $27 billion. Over $4.1 billion of PPG’s annual revenues is in Europe, with approximately $360 million in annual revenues in the Netherlands, where PPG has a deep commitment and a long history in the country, dating back nearly 300 years.

Today, PPG employs more than 45,000 employees worldwide, with nearly 1,000 in the Netherlands and another 14,000 across the rest of the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. PPG operates over 150 plants globally, including 45 plants across 15 countries in Europe, with facilities in Tiel, Delfzijl, Amsterdam, Uithoorn and Den Bosch in the Netherlands.

At PPG, employees work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that customers trust to protect and beautify their products. Through dedication and creativity, PPG employees solve their customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward.

PPG serves the construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. Ranked No. 182 in the FORTUNE 500, PPG was named Fortune’s most admired company in the chemicals sector in 2017.

Every day, PPG collaborates with employees and community partners to make its vision of bringing color and brightness to communities a reality. PPG dedicates its financial resources, products and its passionate employee volunteers to address the needs of communities and to help transform and brighten lives.

In 2016, PPG supported hundreds of community organizations across 25 countries. PPG’s signature program is its COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ initiative, which increases its commitment to invest in communities and supports projects that transform community spaces, providing PPG volunteers and donated PPG products. Since the program’s launch, PPG employee volunteers completed nearly 60 Colorful Communities projects, positively impacting 1.8 million people. This included 15 projects in Europe, including the beautification of the Amsta Karaad residential care facility in Amsterdam. PPG has approximately 80 Colorful Communities projects planned for 2017, with more than 15 identified within Europe.

PPG also has been a significant financial contributor to the NEMO Science Center in Amsterdam, and the company matches employee charitable contributions in the Netherlands and across Europe in addition to our U.S. and Canada operations.

PPG will soon be reporting in its 2016 Sustainability Report that since 2012, the company has reduced its waste disposal intensity by 11 percent and reduced its greenhouse gas intensity by 29 percent, to mention just two of its accomplishments. PPG’s sustainability efforts and activities have been recognized worldwide, including in 2015, when Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group named PPG its “Sustainability Supplier of the Year” for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.