This is an investigation and pending securities class action lawsuit against Hexion Specialty Chemicals on behalf of purchasers of Huntsman Corporation common stock between May 14, 2008 and June 18, 2008.
The class action lawsuit alleges that on July 12, 2007, Hexion announced an agreement to acquire all Huntsman common stock in a merger transaction for $28/share. The transaction was to close during the second quarter 2008 pending receipt of regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other closing conditions. Huntsman shareholders approved the transaction on October 16, 2007. On May 14, 2008, Hexion disclosed that it agreed to allow additional time to obtain the regulatory approvals.
Unbeknownst to the public, Hexion had determined to abort the merger and took steps to abrogate the Merger Agreement. Hexion retained the services of Duff & Phelps to render an opinion that the combined entity lacked financial viability. On June 18, 2008, Duff sent a letter to the Board of Directors of Hexion opining that the combined company's assets would not exceed its liabilities, that it would not have the ability to pay its total debts and liabilities as they become due and that it would have an unreasonably small amount of capital.
On that same date, Hexion filed a complaint in the Delaware Court of Chancery, seeking abrogation of the Merger Agreement. The reaction in the marketplace was devastating to the price of Huntsman's common stock. On June 19, 2008, the first day of trading after the June 18, 2008 actions by Hexion, the market price of Huntsman common stock fell approximately $8, or 40%, from $20.86 to close at $12.84, on enormous volume of approximately 43 million shares.
Name (Stock Symbol)
Hexion Specialty Chemical, Inc.
Hexion Specialty Chemicals produces thermosetting resins. These materials are used in thousands of bonding, binding or coating applications across a diverse range of industries.
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