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BASF bid for Cognis makes sense if price is right

April 15/2010

(Dow Jones)--Market speculation was rising Monday that Germany-based BASF SE (BAS.XE) will make a bid for German specialty chemicals company Cognis GmbH, a combination that analysts say makes sense.

Two people familiar with the matter told Dow Jones Newswires Friday that BASF has resumed talks to acquire Cognis, which is owned by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) and private equity fund Permira Advisors Ltd. They said Cognis' owners are also in early-stage talks with other potential bidders, but that none of the interested parties is expected to make immediate bids.

 

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BASF Bid For Cognis Makes Sense If Price Is Right

MRC Reference

BASF. The share in the Russian market in 2008:
 PS - 9.1% (GPPS - 5.9%, ABS - 11.4%, EPS - 10.6%).

 

Annual sales growth in Russia over the 5 years:
 PS - 15%.

 

Imports by polymers processing technologies:
 foaming;
 injection molding.


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