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PPG Industries ups bid for Akzo Nobel to $28.8B

25 April 2017

USA paint maker PPG Industries raised its proposed offer for Akzo Nobel by about 8 percent to 26.9 billion euros ($28.8 billion) on Monday, increasing the pressure on its Dutch rival to enter into talks.

Last week, Akzo presented its case for remaining independent, offering shareholders 1.6 billion euros in extra dividends and detailing plans to sell or float its chemicals subsidiary, which represents a third of company sales and profits, within one year.

PPG chief executive Michael McGarry said the latest bid represented "one last invitation" to Akzo, which has steadfastly rejected two previous offers. Shares in Akzo, the maker of Dulux paint, jumped as much as 6 percent to a record high of 82.95 euros following the improved proposal.

PPG increased its cash-and-share bid to acquire Akzo Nobel to EUR96.75 (about $105.05) a share from EUR88.72.

In an attempt to address Akzo concerns over regulation, the latest PPG offer includes a break fee for if the deal is blocked.

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McGarry critiqued plans Akzo announced last week to spin off its speciality chemicals business. That would increase the value of the company from some 22.4 billion euros to 24.6 billion euros ($26.6 billion).

"Our revised proposal represents a second substantial increase in price along with significant and highly-specific commitments that we are confident AkzoNobel's stakeholders will find compelling".

PPG said the spinoff plan "clearly fails to meet the additional growth opportunities that will be available to all employees of the much larger combined company".

In an interview just after again raising the United States company's offer for AkzoNobel to €96.75 a share on Monday, McGarry told the Financieele Dagblad that AkzoNobel shareholders want and deserve answers to all their questions at Tuesday's shareholders' meeting.

In addition, the Pittsburgh company says it won't relocate any of Akzo Nobel's European productions plants to the U.S.

PPG Industries ups bid for Akzo Nobel to $28.8B