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Statement of defense AkzoNobel

May 22, 2017

Please find our statement of defence regarding the court case at the Enterprise Chamber on May 22. 

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AkzoNobel confirms focus on its own strategy to accelerate growth and value creation

May 8, 2017

AkzoNobel today announces it has declined a third unsolicited, non-binding and conditional proposal submitted by PPG Industries on April 24, 2017, for all outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of AkzoNobel.

AkzoNobel has concluded its own strategy, presented on April 19, 2017, offers a superior route to growth and long-term value creation and is in the best interests of shareholders and all other stakeholders. Read more

Employees expressed their support for an independent AkzoNobel

May 3, 2017

Last week almost 500 employees turned up at the shareholders meeting to show their support for an independent AkzoNobel. As not everyone was able to join, a group of employees from the locations Deventer and Sassenheim in the Netherlands, decided to give the chairman of the works council, Steven Leijenaar, a letter of support to present at the meeting. Today he formally handed over the letter signed by another 545 employees to CEO Ton Büchner and Marten Booisma, member of the Executive Committee responsible for HR.

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AkzoNobel strongly supports Chairman in response to EGM request

April 25, 2017

AkzoNobel strongly respects and greatly values its shareholders and regularly engages in an open and direct dialog with them to better understand and consider their perspectives.

The Supervisory Board has concluded that the request from Elliott Advisers to dismiss the Chairman does not meet the standards required under Dutch law. The request is irresponsible, disproportionate, damaging and not in the best interests of the Company. Given the sole agenda item, there is no legal basis for calling an EGM. Read more

AkzoNobel responds

April 24, 2017

Akzo Nobel N.V. (AkzoNobel) confirms today it has received a third unsolicited and conditional proposal from PPG for all outstanding share capital of the company. In accordance with its fiduciary duties and acting under the Dutch governance code the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of AkzoNobel will carefully review and consider this proposal.

AkzoNobel unveils new strategy to accelerate growth and value creation

April 19, 2017

AkzoNobel today outlines a new strategy to accelerate growth and value creation with two focused, high-performing businesses – Paints and Coatings and Specialty Chemicals – which will lead to a step change in value creation for shareholders and all stakeholders. Read more

AkzoNobel strongly supports Chairman of the Supervisory Board

April 12, 2017

AkzoNobel calls on Elliott Advisors and PPG to clarify relationship

AkzoNobel has received a request to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to dismiss Antony Burgmans as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board strongly supports Mr. Burgmans in his role as Chairman.

AkzoNobel became aware on April 11, 2017 that Elliott Advisors intended to privately share potentially price sensitive information with PPG about its decision to request an EGM. AkzoNobel has called Elliott Advisors and PPG to clarify their relationship and the history between the two companies. Read more

 

Ton Büchner, CEO of AkzoNobel, answers questions on recent events and the future of the company.

April 3, 2017

Ton Büchner, CEO of AkzoNobel, answers questions on recent events and the future of the company. In a short interview, he also talks about the upcoming investor update and responds to the unsolicited bids made by PPG. 

 

AkzoNobel to outline new strategy and updated financial guidance at investor update on April 19, 2017

March 28, 2017

AkzoNobel will hold an investor update on Wednesday April 19, 2017 to outline plans for the creation of two focused businesses and enhanced long-term value creation.

The company will provide updated financial guidance and growth plans, demonstrating the benefits of two focused businesses. Further details regarding the strategic options for the separation of its Specialty Chemicals business will be provided. Read more

Statement from the European Works Council

March 22, 2017

"We, as the employee representatives, fully endorse the statement issued by Ton Büchner, CEO of AkzoNobel, saying we do not believe the unsolicited bids from PPG, which contain significant uncertainties and risks, are in the best interest of all AkzoNobel stakeholders including employees.

We also believe that we as a company are best placed to develop and follow the announced strategy of AkzoNobel."

AkzoNobel rejects second unsolicited proposal from PPG

March 22, 2017

Proposal fails to recognise value  of AkzoNobel and neglects to address significant risks and uncertainties, including extensive anti-trust concerns.

AkzoNobel today announces it has rejected a second unsolicited, non-binding and conditional proposal of 20 March from PPG Industries Inc. for all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of AkzoNobel.

The proposal not only fails to reflect the current and future value of AkzoNobel, it also neglects to address the significant uncertainties and risks for shareholders and other stakeholders. Read more

AkzoNobel reviewing strategic options to separate Specialty Chemicals

March 9, 2017

AkzoNobel rejects an unsolicited indicative proposal from PPG

AkzoNobel, one of the world’s leading paints, coatings and chemicals companies announced a review of strategic options for the separation of its Specialty Chemicals business.

The decision was brought forward following confirmation that AkzoNobel has rejected an unsolicited, non-binding and conditional proposal from PPG Industries Inc. for all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of AkzoNobel. Read more 

 

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