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R&H Courted Dow and Other Potential Bidders in June

1:00 PM MDT | August 18, 2008 | Robert Westervelt

Rohm and Haas (R&H) approached Dow Chemical and two other companies in early June to gauge their interest in acquiring R&H, a move that resulted in Dow’s July 10 acquisition agreement, says a recent R&H SEC filing. The surprise move late last year by the Haas family trusts, which control 32% of R&H shares, to seek the sale of its stake was the driver behind the R&H sale. Dow’s $18.8-billion, or $78/share, bid bested a $75/share offer from another chemical maker identified in the filing only as “company A.” BASF told CW...

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