Covestro in “Concrete Transaction Negotiations” for US$ 12.5 billion ADNOC takeover
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Covestro in “Concrete Transaction Negotiations” for US$ 12.5 billion ADNOC takeover

Starting point for the negotiations is a possible offer price of € 62 per Covestro share that Adnoc has indicated to Covestro

  • By ICN Bureau | June 25, 2024

German chemicals firm Covestro is giving Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) access to its books and stepping up talks based on an improved US$ 12.5 billion takeover offer, after more than a year of courtship by the Emirati energy company.

Based on the open-ended talks held so far with Adnoc the Board of Management of Covestro AG (Covestro) after consultation with the Supervisory Board has yesterday decided to enter into concrete negotiations with Adnoc regarding a potential transaction and the potential conclusion of an investment agreement as well as to allow for an adequate exchange of company information to confirm assumptions (confirmatory due diligence).

In the view of the Board of Management, the discussions so far have shown that Covestro and Adnoc can generally reach a common understanding regarding core aspects of a possible transaction including support for Covestro’s further growth strategy.

Starting point for the negotiations is a possible offer price of € 62 per Covestro share that Adnoc has indicated to Covestro, which is subject, among other things, to the results of the confirmatory due diligence and agreement on the content of an investment agreement.

”We have made good progress in our discussions with Adnoc. Therefore, we have decided to enter into concrete transaction negotiations with Adnoc”, said Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro.

Adnoc and Covestro both intend to proceed with the negotiations about a potential transaction and the confirmatory due diligence in a timely manner. At this time, there is no certainty whether the upcoming negotiations will lead to an agreement. There is also no certainty as to the final terms of any such agreement.

Any potential transaction would, in addition to mutual agreement on the commercial and legal transaction parameters, among other things, be subject to the approval of the respective boards of the parties and clearance by the competent authorities.

 

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