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Dow scrambling to keep $15 billion Rohm takeover alive

Reuters – Dow Chemical is scrambling to keep its $15 billion takeover of rival Rohm & Haas alive after a surprise decision by the Kuwaiti government to scrap a joint venture with Dow, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

The Kuwaiti decision deprived the U.S. group of about $9 billion in planned financing which it would have used for the Rohm deal, but unidentified people close to the situation told the FT that Dow could still tap a $13 billion bridge loan to pay for the takeover.

The sources also said Dow was likely to try to renegotiate the price of the deal to reflect the recent drop in Rohm’s share price, the newspaper said, adding that both Dow and Rohm declined to comment.

Midland, Michigan-based Dow agreed in July to buy Rohm & Haas for $78 a share to broaden its specialty product offerings. The deal carries a termination fee of $750 million payable to Rohm & Haas.

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