Air Products Ups Fight To Buy Airgas | May 24, 2010 Issue - Vol. 88 Issue 21 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 88 Issue 21 | p. 18 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 24, 2010

Air Products Ups Fight To Buy Airgas

Department: Business
Keywords: proxy fight, hostile takeover, annual meetings

Air Products & Chemicals, which launched a hostile, $7 billion bid for industrial gases firm Airgas in February, is taking steps to force Airgas to the negotiating table. Air Products has proposed three candidates for election to the Airgas board, as well as a series of amendments to Airgas’ bylaws designed to ease its takeover attempt. The next Airgas annual meeting must be held before Sept. 17. One bylaw change proposed by Air Products would mandate that the following Airgas annual meeting occur on Jan. 18, 2011, allowing Air Products to stack Airgas’ board more quickly. “We believe that Air Products’ interests are diametrically opposed to those of our shareholders,” Airgas says in a statement.

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