Celanese Statement on Withdrawal of European Commission Notification

DALLAS--()--Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE), a global technology and specialty materials company, announces that it is abandoning its merger agreement with Blackstone’s Rhodia Acetow business and that the two parties have withdrawn their notification of the proposed joint venture from the European Commission. The parties were unable to reach an agreement with the European Commission on acceptable conditions to allow the proposed joint venture to proceed.

“We are disappointed with the approach that the European Commission has taken on this case and we will be reviewing our strategic options,” said Mark Rohr, chairman and chief executive officer. “Celanese will continue to meet customer current and evolving needs efficiently while providing the highest level of quality and service.”

The companies announced plans on June 18, 2017, to combine the Cellulose Derivatives (CD) business of Celanese with Rhodia Acetow to create synergies in the acetate tow market. Competition approval, without any divestitures, was granted in Mexico, Turkey, China, and Russia. The European Commission required excessive divestitures that would have undermined the benefits of the transaction.

“We worked hard and offered serious remedies to the European Commission and believed we had solved all competition issues identified by the European Commission. The benefits were substantial for our customers, our employees and jobs in the European Union,” Rohr said. “Unfortunately, demands by the European Commission eliminated the advantages at the heart of the transaction.

“The joint venture was designed to accelerate the path to releasing value in the CD business for our shareholders, employees and customers. At Investor Day, I look forward to sharing with you the alternative plans we have to unleash this growth potential in the CD and other Celanese businesses.”

About Celanese

Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Our two complementary business cores, Acetyl Chain and Materials Solutions, use the full breadth of Celanese's global chemistry, technology and business expertise to create value for our customers and the corporation. As we partner with our customers to solve their most critical business needs, we strive to make a positive impact on our communities and the world through The Celanese Foundation. Based in Dallas, Celanese employs approximately 7,600 employees worldwide and had 2017 net sales of $6.1 billion. For more information about Celanese Corporation and its product offerings, visit www.celanese.com or our blog at www.celaneseblog.com.

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Contacts

Celanese
Investor Relations:
Surabhi Varshney, +1 972-443-3078
surabhi.varshney@celanese.com
or
Media Relations – Global:
W. Travis Jacobsen, +1 972-443-3750
william.jacobsen@celanese.com
or
Media Relations Asia (Shanghai):
Helen Zhang, +86 21 3861 9279
lan.zhang@celanese.com
or
Media Relations Europe (Germany):
Jens Kurth, +49(0)69 45009 1574
j.kurth@celanese.com

Contacts

Celanese
Investor Relations:
Surabhi Varshney, +1 972-443-3078
surabhi.varshney@celanese.com
or
Media Relations – Global:
W. Travis Jacobsen, +1 972-443-3750
william.jacobsen@celanese.com
or
Media Relations Asia (Shanghai):
Helen Zhang, +86 21 3861 9279
lan.zhang@celanese.com
or
Media Relations Europe (Germany):
Jens Kurth, +49(0)69 45009 1574
j.kurth@celanese.com