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AkzoNobel rejects US$24B offer from competitor PPG

This was the second time in two weeks PPG has offered to acquire the company, but AkzoNoble CEO Ton Buechner thinks the company can do better on its own


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THE HAGUE, Netherlands—Dutch industrial paints and chemicals company AkzoNobel has rejected a second unsolicited takeover bid from U.S. company PPG Industries worth 22.4 billion euros ($24.1 billion).

AkzoNobel CEO Ton Buechner said in a March 22 statement that the bid “significantly fails to recognize the value of AkzoNobel” and is not in the interest of the company, its shareholders or its staff.

The latest bid, which was unanimously rejected by AkzoNobel’s board, comes just under two weeks after PPG made its first unsolicited offer, worth 21 billion euros.

Buechner says, “We are convinced that AkzoNobel is best placed to unlock the value within our company ourselves.”

The first bid spurred AkzoNobel to reassess its business model and investigate the possible sale or independent listing of its specialty chemicals business.

PPG Industries, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company and global maker of chemicals, specialty materials and fiberglass headquartered in Pittsburgh, Penn.


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