DuPont Completes Offer for Danisco

DENMARK - DuPont has successfully completes a tender offer for Danisco, creates a world leader in industrial biosciences, nutrition and health.
calendar icon 17 May 2011
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DuPont, through its wholly owned subsidiary, DuPont Denmark Holding ApS, has announced it has successfully completed its tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Danisco for DKK700 cash per share. The tender offer expired on 13 May 2011 at 23:00 CEST (17:00 EDT).

DuPont estimates that, as of the expiration of the offer on 13 May, Danisco shareholders had tendered approximately 92.2 per cent of the outstanding shares to DuPont Denmark Holding ApS. All shares that were properly tendered have been accepted for purchase. Payment for those shares will be made in accordance with the terms of the tender offer.

DuPont Chair and CEO, Ellen Kullman, commented: "We are delighted that the tender has been successful and we can move on to the process of integrating Danisco into DuPont. Danisco's attractive specialty food ingredients businesses and Genencor's leading industrial enzymes complement DuPont's own Nutrition & Health and Applied BioSciences offerings. This combination will create an industry leader in industrial biosciences and nutrition and health.

"These businesses will work together to drive sustainable growth and market-driven innovation by linking agriculture, nutrition and advanced materials through industrial biosciences. In addition, the R&D combination of DuPont, Danisco and Genencor will enable us to further respond to global megatrends and help provide for the food, energy and protection needs of a growing population," Ms Kullman said.

Danisco Chairman, Jorgen Tandrup, said: "We are very pleased that a vast majority of Danisco shareholders have accepted DuPont's offer and the two companies may now begin to move forward together. DuPont and Danisco share cultures based in exceptional science and research capabilities. Our combined strengths in biosciences and nutrition and health will deliver innovative new offerings for customers worldwide, while helping to grow these businesses in ways that will benefit employees, shareholders and the communities in which we serve. We look forward to this next exciting chapter of discovery and success for the joined companies."

A copy of the Announcement of Completion for the tender offer is attached and available online [click here].

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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