Albemarle Corp. and Rockwood Holdings Inc. recently announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Albemarle will acquire all outstanding shares of Rockwood in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $6.2 billion. This combination reportedly reflects both companies’ commitment to drive sustainable growth, creating one of the world’s premier specialty chemicals companies.

Under the terms of the transaction, each outstanding share of Rockwood common stock will be exchanged for $50.65 in cash and 0.4803 of a share of Albemarle common stock. The transaction values Rockwood at $85.53 per share, a 13% premium based on recent closing stock prices. Upon closing of the transaction, Albemarle shareholders will own approximately 70% of the combined company and Rockwood shareholders will own approximately 30%.

Both companies’ Boards of Directors have approved the transaction, which is subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.

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