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06-23-2010

BASF/Cognis: Purchase Agreement

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, has reached an agreement with Cognis Holding Luxembourg S.à r.l. controlled by Permira Funds, GS Capital Partners and SV Life Sciences to acquire the specialty chemicals company Cognis for an equity purchase price of EUR 700 million. Including net financial debt and pension obligations, the enterprise value of the transaction is EUR 3.1 billion. The acquisition is subject to clearance by the competent merger control authorities. Closing of the transaction is expected for November 2010 at the latest.

Cognis is a worldwide supplier of innovative solutions and products based on renewable raw materials for the health and nutrition market as well as the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for a number of other industries, such as mining, lubricants, coatings as well as agriculture. The company employs about 5,500 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. In 2009, Cognis had sales of about EUR 2.6 billion and an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of EUR 322 million.

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