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- Axiall (NYSE:AXLL) +73.4% premarket after Westlake Chemical (NYSE:WLK) announces it offered to acquire the company in a cash and stock deal valued at $2.9B, including the assumption of ~$1.5B of debt.
- WLK says its proposal was "summarily rejected" by AXLL's board.
- WLK says it offered $20.00/share, a 108% premium to AXLL's closing price of $9.60 on Jan. 22, the last trading day before WLK made its proposal; the deal comprised of $11/share in cash and 0.1967 of a WLK share, which represented a value of $9 based on WLK's Jan. 22 closing price.
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- In a dig at Third Point's Daniel Loeb, Dow Chemical (DOW +3.2%) CEO Andrew Liveris says his company's decisive move to shift out of the commodity chemicals business shows how “Dow continues to behave as our own best activist.”
- Dow's deal to sell its chlor-alkali business to Olin (OLN +18.2%) in exchange for $2B and a 50.5% stake in the smaller company will create the world’s largest chlorine producer with 5.7B tons/year of production and $1B in EBITDA.
- Citigroup’s P.J. Juvekar offers three reasons why the deal is good for shareholders: The chlor-alkali divestiture at 8x EBITDA is a great multiple for a commodity business, the Reverse Morris Trust deal makes it tax-free and a split-off will allow Dow to buy back its own shares efficiently - a similar move by PPG Industries was viewed very positively two years ago, and Dow will sell ethylene to OLN for 20 years and will receive an upfront payment of ~$400M.
- Dow may still get rid of its agricultural chemicals business, which does not have a lot in common with the rest of the business; with $7.3B in sales and almost $1B in EBITDA last year, the unit could be worth $10B.
- Juvekar says Axiall (AXLL +5%) also could benefit from the deal, seeing consolidation in the U.S. chlor-alkali industry as a positive, and OLN says it will look to optimize its expanded chlor-alkali asset base.
Jan. 28, 2013, 10:20 AM
PPG Industries (PPG -3.1%) sets a final exchange ratio for the split-off of its commodity chemicals business at 3.2562 shares of newly created Eagle Spinco for each PPG share. After PPG's acceptance, Eagle Spinco will merge with a subsidiary of Georgia Gulf (GGC +4.8%) and each Spinco share will convert to one GGC share; the closing of the merger then should conclude later today.| Jan. 28, 2013, 10:20 AM
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Jan. 11, 2013, 8:26 AM
Georgia Gulf (GGC) +1.2% premarket as shareholders approve the issuance of shares necessary to complete the pending merger with PPG's commodity chemicals business. Jim Cramer gives his blessing: While GGC is more economically sensitive than PPG because its chemicals are not proprietary, he thinks there's enough demand for its products to move the stock higher.| Jan. 11, 2013, 8:26 AM
Jul. 19, 2012, 8:11 AM
PPG Industries (PPG) plans to separate its commodity chemicals business and merge it with Georgia Gulf (GGC) in a cash-and-stock deal worth $2.1B. PPG shareholders will receive 50.5% of the shares of the merged company, whose yearly revenue is projected at ~$5B. The deal is expected to close late this year or early 2013. PPG +1.6%, GGC +13.7% premarket.| Jul. 19, 2012, 8:11 AM
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Jan. 13, 2012, 3:21 PM
Georgia Gulf (GGC +34%) trades nearly 10% higher than the $30/share offer from Westlake Chemical (WLK +7.6%), lending credence to comments by Telly Zachariades that he wouldn't be surprised to see a higher bid. The banker says M&A activity in the chemical sector will pick up steam in 2012 because of ample cash on the balance sheets of many big players.| Jan. 13, 2012, 3:21 PM
Jan. 13, 2012, 9:19 AM
Georgia Gulf Corp. (GGC) rises 32%, to $24.48, after rival Westlake Chemical (WLK) submits a proposal to acquire the company for $30/share in cash. Georgia Gulf's current trading price suggests investors expect a higher bid to arrive. Westlake says a $30/share deal would be accretive to its earnings in the first fiscal year following the deal's closing.| Jan. 13, 2012, 9:19 AM