Covestro confirms decision to enter into open-ended discussions with ADNOC regarding potential transaction; Covestro's interest in ADNOC underlines focus on high-quality polymer production and shift toward circular economy, CEO says

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September 8, 2023 (press release) –

The Board of Management of Covestro AG has today decided, in view of the interest in Covestro expressed by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), to enter into open-ended discussions with Adnoc. Whether, in which form and, if applicable, at which conditions an agreement between the parties will be reached is open and will depend on the course of the forthcoming discussions. During the discussions, Covestro’s Board of Management will in particular also address the safeguarding of the further implementation of its future- and sustainability-oriented corporate strategy, including corresponding corporate governance provisions. 

Dr. Markus Steilemann, Chief Executive Officer of Covestro, said: “The interest of Adnoc in our company underlines our strong position as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality polymer materials and as a leader in the shift towards a circular economy. Beyond current headwinds in our industry, we are optimally positioned to unlock significant long-term value in highly attractive industries underpinned by strong secular growth trends. Regardless of the talks with Adnoc, we will remain fully focused on pursuing our successful “Sustainable Future” strategy in order to unfold our full potential and further drive the transformation towards the circular economy.” 

Any agreement would, in addition to mutual consent on the commercial and legal transaction parameters, require the approval of the respective boards of the parties and the approval of the competent authorities.

Covestro presently does not intend to comment on this matter any further unless and until changed circumstances or events require publication by Covestro to comply with applicable disclosure rules. 

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