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SMT & Inspection | March 24, 2006

MacDermid ceases acquisition negotiations

MacDermid, Incorporated, a worldwide manufacturer of proprietary specialty chemical products and materials for the electronics, metal finishing and graphic arts industries, had ceased negotiations to acquire a company of significant size.
MacDermid will recognize an expense of $2.0 million in the first quarter of 2006 in costs that it had incurred over many months in the pursuit of this acquisition. Daniel Leever, Chairman and Chief Executive of MacDermid, said, “As I referenced during our February 14th investor conference call we have pursued a major acquisition.

This effort involved a friendly approach to a non-US public company. In the final days of investigation and negotiation, the target's share price increased to a level making the intended price, including a market premium, above our maximum range. We therefore agreed with the target to disengage. Due to the very late stage in the process, we had already incurred significant costs including legal fees surrounding a fully negotiated credit agreement, pension advisory, and extensive consulting costs supporting our due diligence. We are committed to exercising discipline in acquisitions. At our maximum price this acquisition was planned to be very accretive. There comes a point however, where the risk reward is not justified.”

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