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Dow Chemical agreed to buy Rohm & Haas under terms similar to the $78 a share agreed upon in July, The Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site.
The settlement came hours before a deadline set by a Delaware judge in a suit brought against Dow Chemical by Rohm & Haas for failing to complete the transaction in January.
Dow Chemical put the deal on hold in January following the financial crisis and the economic downturn, saying now wasn't the time to swallow such a large acquisition.
Before the report, Dow shares closed down 11% at $6.33 and have now lost almost 83% of their value in the past year on the back of the worst recession in decades and concerns it may be forced to swallow the acquisition, leaving it fundamentally weaker.
Rohm & Haas shares jumped 16% to finish at $74 after being halted earlier.
On Friday, the companies confirmed that they had re-entered talks over Dow's proposed $15 billion acquisition of Rohm & Haas.
Dow also renegotiated a nearly $13 billion bridge loan for the purchase that included amendments to further protect the company from potential defaults. Read full story.
The companies announced July 10 that Dow would buy Rohm & Haas for $78 a share, a premium of 74% over its trading price at the time. That brought harsh criticism from analysts that the company had overpaid. Read full story.
Things got worse in mid-September when Lehman Brothers collapsed, sending shock waves through the economy and shrinking consumer and commercial access to credit. By November, chemical customers began to de-stock their inventories in anticipation of falling auto, electronic and consumer-product sales.
But Dow remained confident the deal would close, relying on $9 billion in pre-tax cash from a joint venture with Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Co. to keep the post-merger entity viable. However, the venture went bust the day before its Jan. 1 launch because of pressure from the Kuwait government, which questioned the wisdom of the deal as financial markets and the economy soured.
Since then, Dow cut its dividend for the first time in its 112-year history, reducing it by 64% to 15 cents a share, saving the company about $1 billion annually.
U.S. Headed For Longest Post-War Recession
While Unemployment, GDP Are Not As Bad As 1981-82, Economic Pain More Widespread
"This recession is broader, deeper and more complicated than virtually anything we have ever seen," Wachovia Corp. economist Mark Vitner said. "The whole evolution of the credit markets resulted in all sorts of complex financial instruments that are difficult to unwind. It's like trying to unscramble scrambled eggs. It just can't be done that easily. I don't know if it can be done at all."
He said he sees fear in the eyes of his clients.
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Pontiac schools weigh mass staff layoff
The Pontiac School District may lay off all of its teachers and administrators as early as next week and later call some back to work, as the district reorganizes amid a $10-million deficit.
On Monday, the school board is to decide whether to approve a proposal to lay off the entire staff, including nearly 500 teachers, as of June 30. Officials met with employees Thursday and Friday.
The proposed layoffs come as district officials prepare to close eight schools by the end of the school year as it grapples with the deficit and a student population that has plunged to 7,200 students. The district has space for 20,000.
"We will look at everyone's certification and seniority as we look to provide for our students' needs," Interim Superintendent Linda Paramore said Friday. "We are still designing programs for next year and no later than May 1 we hope to recall all of our employees."