Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany completes acquisition of Versum Materials


Integration Milestones

February 27, 2019: Formal tender offer

February 27, 2019: Formal tender offer

Formal?tender offer: Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Submits All-Cash Proposal to Acquire Versum

  • $48 Per Share Proposal Represents a Premium to Current Value of Entegris’ All-Stock Proposal
  • See Press Release here

March 5, 2019: Open Letter to Versum Shareholders from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

March 5, 2019: Open Letter to Versum Shareholders from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

March 12, 2019: Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Files Preliminary Proxy Statement

March 12, 2019: Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Files Preliminary Proxy Statement

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Files Preliminary Proxy Statement Urging Versum Shareholders to Vote Against?Entegris Acquisition:

  • Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is convinced that the proposed Entegris acquisition is not the best option available for Versum shareholders
  • Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany’s all-cash $48 per share proposal clearly superior to Entegris acquisition
  • See Press Release here

March 26, 2019: Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Commences Tender Offer

March 26, 2019: Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Commences Tender Offer

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Commences Tender Offer for All Outstanding Shares of Versum for $48 in Cash and?Solicits Votes on Definitive Proxy Statement:?

  • Demonstrates firm commitment to completing its acquisition of Versum
  • Issues open letter to Versum shareholders urging them to vote GREEN proxy card against inferior Entegris acquisition
  • See Press Release here

April 12, 2019: Definitive Agreement to Acquire Versum Materials

April 12, 2019: Definitive Agreement to Acquire Versum Materials

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Versum Materials for $53 per Share:

  • Business combination creates a leading electronic materials player able to capitalize on attractive long-term secular growth drivers
  • Versum is a “Best in Class” asset with industry-leading financial metrics
  • Expected to be immediately accretive to earnings per share pre (EPS pre)
  • €75 million in expected run-rate synergies by the third full year after closing
  • Commitment to preserving strong investment grade credit rating
  • Versum has terminated its previously announced merger agreement with Entegris
  • See Press Release here

June 18, 2019: Versum Stockholders Approve Acquisition by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

June 18, 2019: Versum Stockholders Approve Acquisition by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

September 16, 2019: CFIUS has completed review of the proposed acquisition of Versum

September 16, 2019: CFIUS has completed review of the proposed acquisition of Versum

Received notice from the Committee?on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) stating that CFIUS has?completed its review of the proposed acquisition of Versum.

October 7, 2019: Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany completes acquisition of Versum Materials

October 7, 2019: Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany completes acquisition of Versum Materials

  • Transaction amounting to around € 5.8 billion creates a leading electronic materials supplier
  • Annual synergies of € 75 million expected as of 2022
  • Integration planning well on track
  • See Press Release here

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 56,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2018, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 14.8 billion in 66 countries.

The company holds the global rights to the name and trademark “Merck” internationally. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany operate as EMD Serono in healthcare, MilliporeSigma in life science, and EMD Performance Materials. Since its founding 1668, scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to the company’s technological and scientific advances. To this day, the founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company.?

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Versum Materials

Versum Materials is accelerating the future of semiconductors by pushing the boundaries of technology. We are an innovation-driven specialty materials company with a deep understanding of chemistry, a long history of customer collaboration and an extensive track record of sustainable solutions for the semiconductor industry.

Whether we are supporting the development of game-changing technology, improving the quality of an existing product or making a manufacturing process more efficient, Versum is making a difference in your future.

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"By acquiring Versum, we will be optimally positioned to capitalize on long-term growth trends in the electronic materials industry. At the same time, we are broadening Performance Materials, balancing our portfolio with three strong business sectors and sharpening our strategic focus on innovation-driven technologies."

Stefan Oschmann

Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

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