Olin Corporation Announces Filing of Definitive Proxy Statement

Special Meeting of Shareholders to be Held on September 15, 2015

Aug 17, 2015, 09:00 ET from Olin Corporation

CLAYTON, Mo., Aug. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Olin Corporation ("Olin") (NYSE: OLN) today announced that it has filed a definitive proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the pending merger of Olin's business with the U.S. Gulf Coast Chlor-Alkali and Vinyl, Global Chlorinated Organics and Global Epoxy businesses of The Dow Chemical Company ("TDCC") (NYSE: DOW) and has set the date for a special meeting of shareholders to approve the issuance of shares of Olin common stock and an amendment to Olin's Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation to increase the number of authorized shares of Olin common stock in connection with the transaction.

Olin's special meeting of shareholders will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time. The meeting will be held at the offices of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP at 825 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York 10019.

All shareholders of record of Olin's common stock as of the close of business on August 5, 2015 will be entitled to vote their shares either in person or by proxy.

About Olin

Olin Corporation is a manufacturer concentrated in three business segments: Chlor Alkali Products, Chemical Distribution and Winchester.  Chlor Alkali Products, with eight U. S. manufacturing facilities and one Canadian manufacturing facility, produces chlorine and caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen, bleach products and potassium hydroxide.  Chemical Distribution manufactures bleach products and distributes caustic soda, bleach products, potassium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid.  Winchester, with its principal manufacturing facilities in East Alton, IL and Oxford, MS, produces and distributes sporting ammunition, law enforcement ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This communication includes forward-looking statements.  These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on management's beliefs, certain assumptions made by management, forecasts of future results, and current expectations, estimates and projections about the markets and economy in which Olin Corporation ("Olin") and The Dow Chemical Company's ("TDCC") chlorine products business operate.  These statements may include statements regarding the proposed merger of TDCC's chlorine products business with Olin in a "Reverse Morris Trust" transaction, the expected timetable for completing the transaction, benefits and synergies of the transaction, future opportunities for the combined company and products and any other statements regarding Olin's and TDCC's  chlorine products businesses' future operations, anticipated business levels, future earnings, planned activities, anticipated growth, market opportunities, strategies and competition.

The statements contained in this communication that are not statements of historical fact may include forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. We have used the words "anticipate," "intend," "may," "expect," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "will," and variations of such words and similar expressions in this communication to identify such forward-looking statements.  These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control.  Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those matters expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to:  factors relating to the satisfaction of the conditions to the proposed transaction, including regulatory approvals and the required approvals of Olin's shareholders; the parties' ability to meet expectations regarding the timing, completion and accounting and tax treatments of the proposed transaction; the possibility that Olin may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies in connection with the transaction within the expected time-frames or at all; the integration of the TDCC's chlorine products business being more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; the effect of any changes resulting from the proposed transaction in customer, supplier and other business relationships; general market perception of the proposed transaction; exposure to lawsuits and contingencies associated with TDCC's  chlorine products business; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; prevailing market conditions; changes in economic and financial conditions of Olin and TDCC's chlorine products business; uncertainties and matters beyond the control of management; and the other risks detailed in Olin's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 and Olin's Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2015.  These risks, as well as other risks associated with Olin, TDCC's chlorine products business and the proposed transaction are also more fully discussed in the prospectus included in the registration statement on Form S-4 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") by Olin on August 12, 2015 and the definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC by Olin on August 17, 2015.  The forward-looking statements should be considered in light of these factors.  In addition, other risks and uncertainties not presently known to Olin or that Olin considers immaterial could affect the accuracy of our forward-looking statements.  The reader is cautioned not to rely unduly on these forward-looking statements. Olin and TDCC undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed  merger of Olin Corporation ("Olin") with the chlorine products business of The Dow Chemical Company ("TDCC"), Blue Cube Spinco Inc. ("Spinco") has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 and Form S-1 containing a prospectus and Olin has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").  Both Olin and Spinco expect to file amendments to these registration statements before they become effective.  Olin has also filed a definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A, which has been sent to Olin shareholders in connection with the special meeting of shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction.  INVESTORS AND SECURITYHOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AND THE REGISTRATION STATEMENTS/PROSPECTUSES AND ANY FURTHER AMENDMENTS THERETO WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE AS WELL AS ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OLIN, TDCC, SPINCO AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and securityholders may obtain a free copy of the definitive proxy statement and the registration statements/prospectuses and any further amendments (when available) and other documents filed by Olin, TDCC and Spinco with the SEC at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. Free copies of these documents and any further amendments to the registration statements/prospectuses, once available, and each of the companies' other filings with the SEC, may also be obtained from the respective companies by directing a request to Olin at Olin Corporation, ATTN: Investor Relations, 190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 1530, Clayton, Missouri 63105 or TDCC or Spinco at The Dow Chemical Company, 2030 Dow Center, Midland, Michigan 48674, ATTN: Investor Relations, as applicable.

Participants in Solicitation

This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any investor or securityholder.  However, Olin, TDCC, Spinco and certain of their respective directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders of Olin in respect of the proposed transaction under the rules of the SEC.  Information regarding Olin's directors and executive officers is available in Olin's 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 25, 2015, in its definitive proxy statement for its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders filed March 4, 2015, and in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on August 17, 2015. Information regarding TDCC's directors and executive officers is available in TDCC's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 13, 2015, and in its definitive proxy statement for its annual meeting of shareholders filed March 27, 2015. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.  Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is contained in the registration statements, prospectuses and proxy statement and other relevant materials filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.

Non-Solicitation

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

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