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Huntsman Confirms Interest in Company

Published on 2006-02-01. Author : SpecialChem

The Woodlands, TX -- Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) announced that in late 2005 it received an indication of interest regarding an acquisition of all of the outstanding stock of the Company.

In response to this indication of interest, the Board of Directors engaged financial and legal advisors to assist it in evaluating a sale of the Company and other alternatives to enhance shareholder value, including continuing to execute its business plan. At that time, the Board of Directors also formed a special committee with authority to make a recommendation concerning any potential sale of the Company. As part of this process, the Company has contacted, obtained proposals from, and held discussions with, a limited number of potential acquirers or merger partners. At this time, the Company continues to review its strategic alternatives, which could include a possible sale of the Company or remaining an independent public company. The Company has engaged Merrill Lynch & Co. and SG Cowen & Co., LLC as financial advisors, and Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP as legal advisors.

There can be no assurance that this review will result in any specific transaction. The Company does not expect to disclose any further developments with respect to the exploration of strategic alternatives unless and until its Board of Directors has approved a transaction or other strategic alternative.

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and commodity chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture basic products for a variety of global industries including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, textiles, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging, and later, rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 11,300 employees, 57 operations in 22 countries and had 2004 revenues of $11.5 billion.

Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations. The forward-looking statements in this release are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the company's operations, markets, products, services, prices and other factors as discussed in the Huntsman companies' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Significant risks and uncertainties may relate to, but are not limited to, financial, economic, competitive, environmental, political, legal, regulatory and technological factors. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the Company's expectations will be realized. The Company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by securities and other applicable laws.

Source: Huntsman Corporation


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