AkzoNobel rejects third takeover bid from PPG worth $29 bln

FILE - This Monday, April 24, 2017, file photo, shows the office building for PPG Industries at PPG Place in Pittsburgh. PPG said it’s disappointed that Dutch industrial paints and chemicals company AkzoNobel has rejected its takeover bid for a third time. PPG provided its third offer on April 24 and said that its Chairman and CEO Michael McGarry and lead independent director Hugh Grant met with AkzoNobel’s CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management Ton Büchner and Antony Burgmans, chairman of its supervisory board, on Saturday, May 6. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch industrial paints and chemicals company AkzoNobel on Monday rejected a third unsolicited takeover bid from American rival PPG Industries, worth $28.8 billion, saying it was not in the interests of shareholders.

"The PPG proposal undervalues AkzoNobel, contains significant risks and uncertainties, makes no substantive commitments to stakeholders and demonstrates a lack of cultural understanding," AkzoNobel CEO Ton Buchner said in a statement.

AkzoNobel said that its own plan, announced last month, to spin off its Specialty Chemicals unit within 12 months to boost growth "offers a superior route to growth and long-term value creation and is in the best interests of shareholders and all other stakeholders."

AkzoNobel announced the shakeup after rejecting two earlier PPG bids, saying they undervalued the company.

Last month, PPG Industries upped the ante again with a third bid for AkzoNobel; a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $28.8 billion.

AkzoNobel said it rejected the latest offer after "considerable in-depth analysis" including talks with PPG's CEO, Michael McGarry.

PPG said in a statement posted on its website that it was disappointed by the latest rejection and added that the talks, held on Saturday in Rotterdam, lasted less than 90 minutes.

PPG said that Buchner and AkzoNobel's supervisory board chairman Antony Burgmans opened the meeting by saying "that they did not have the intent nor the authority to negotiate" and refused to discuss AkzoNobel's restructuring plan.

PPG said it believes that its bid "is vastly superior in shareholder value creation and provides more certainty to employees and pensioners than AkzoNobel's recently announced new standalone plan."

AkzoNobel's share price was down 2.4 percent at 77.50 euros ($84.82) late Monday morning compared to its previous close, but had edged up by 0.6 percent since the Amsterdam stock exchange opened.

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