16 August 2007 14:53 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Shares in coatings major Akzo Nobel fell 6% on Thursday amid market fears that its partner in the proposed ICI acquisition, Henkel, would have trouble financing the deal.?xml:namespace>
German adhesives producer Henkel had agreed to pay ₤2.7bn ($5.6bn/€4.1bn) in cash to acquire ICI’s adhesives and electronic materials businesses as part of the proposed ₤8bn takeover from Netherlands-based Akzo Nobel.
Henkel said it was still considering all options to fund the deal, including a combination of equity and debt and/or the divestment of non-core assets.
“We are absolutely sure we are able to finance the acquisition,” said a Henkel spokesman.
“We are looking at all areas before determining the financial structure of the transaction,” he added.
The deal was expected to close in the first half of 2008.
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The European chemicals sector suffered a general downturn as markets continued to feel the effects of continued turmoil in the
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