AkzoNobel Confirms it is Talks With Axalta Over Potential Merger

By Maryam Cockar Features Dow Jones Newswires

AkzoNobel N.V. (AKZA.AE) confirmed Monday that it is in "constructive discussions" with U.S. rival Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (AXTA) over a potential merger of their paints and coatings businesses.

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The Dutch chemicals group also said that the separation of its specialty chemical business, including the return of the majority of the proceeds of the transaction to shareholders, remains on track for April 2018 and is unaffected by the potential merger.

AkzoNobel added that the possible merger with Axalta could create a leading, global paints and coatings company through a merger of equals.

Write to Maryam Cockar at maryam.cockar@dowjones.com

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October 30, 2017 02:46 ET (06:46 GMT)