Apollo’s Hexion rejects Huntsman shareholder plan

Guardian.co.uk – Four large hedge funds, all shareholders of Huntsman Corp, have proposed a plan to salvage a $6.5 billion buyout of the chemical company by a unit of Apollo Global Management.

But Apollo’s Hexion Specialty Chemicals unit late Thursday rejected the plan, saying Huntsman’s increased debt and decreased earnings since the deal was struck in July 2007 would no longer make a combined company solvent.

"We are not seeking to renegotiate this transaction," Hexion responded in a statement. "We are seeking to terminate it, and obtain judicial confirmation that Hexion has no obligation to pursue the acquisition or to pay Huntsman a termination fee."
Apollo’s Hexion has been locked in a legal battle to try to get out of the $28-per-share deal, reached last year at the height of the leveraged-buyout boom. Since then, the credit markets have seized up, making the math behind the deals no longer attractive. In June, Hexion filed suit against Huntsman seeking to limit its liability in the event that the deal falls apart.

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