AkzoNobel rejects second PPG bid

AkzoNobel has rejected a second unsolicited, non-binding and conditional proposal from PPG Industries Inc.

According to AkzoNobel the proposal fails to reflect the current and future value of the business, and also neglects to address the significant uncertainties and risks for shareholders and other stakeholders.

The Management Board and Supervisory Board of AkzoNobel, together with its financial and legal advisors, thoroughly reviewed the second proposal taking into consideration the interests of AkzoNobel’s shareholders, customers, employees and other stakeholders.

Ton Büchner, CEO, AkzoNobel, said, ‘This proposal significantly fails to recognise the value of AkzoNobel. Our Boards do not believe it is in the best interest of AkzoNobel’s stakeholders, including our shareholders, customers and employees. That is why we have rejected it unanimously.

‘We are convinced that AkzoNobel is best placed to unlock the value within our company ourselves. We are executing our plan, including the creation of two focused businesses and new cost structure, and believe this gives us a strong platform for continued profitability and long term value creation for all our stakeholders with substantially less execution risks.’