Solutia Stockholders Approve Proposed Transaction with Eastman Transaction Expected to Close First Week of July 2012

ST. LOUIS, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Solutia Inc. ("Solutia") (NYSE: SOA) announced today that its stockholders have voted to approve the previously announced acquisition of Solutia by Eastman Chemical Company ("Eastman").  Pursuant to the merger agreement with Eastman, which was entered into on January 26, 2012, Solutia stockholders will receive $22.00 in cash and 0.12 shares of Eastman common stock for each share of Solutia common stock as consideration in the acquisition.  Of the shares voted at today's special meeting, 95,183,599 were voted in favor of the adoption of the merger agreement, which represents approximately 99 percent of the votes cast.

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Adoption of the merger agreement by Solutia stockholders satisfies one of the conditions to complete the acquisition of Solutia by Eastman.  All regulatory closing conditions have been satisfied.  The transaction remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver of a number of customary closing conditions as set forth in the merger agreement and discussed in detail in the definitive proxy statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by Solutia on May 25, 2012.  The transaction is expected to close during the week of July 2nd.

Notes to Editor:  SOLUTIA and the Radiance Logo and all other trademarks listed below are trademarks of Solutia Inc. and/or its affiliates. 

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About Solutia

Solutia is a market-leading performance materials and specialty chemicals company. The company focuses on providing solutions for a better life through a range of products, including: Saflex® polyvinyl butyral interlayers for glass lamination and for photovoltaic module encapsulation and VISTASOLAR® ethylene vinyl acetate films for photovoltaic module encapsulation;  LLumar®, Vista, EnerLogic®, FormulaOne®, Gila®, V-KOOL®, Huper Optik®, IQue, Sun-X and Nanolux aftermarket performance films for automotive and architectural applications; XIR® and Heat Mirror® performance films that are incorporated into aftermarket window films, laminated glass products and suspended insulated glass units for use in automotive and architectural applications.  Flexvue advanced film component solutions for solar and electronic technologies; and technical specialties products including Crystex® insoluble sulfur, Santoflex® PPD antidegradants, Therminol® heat transfer fluids and Skydrol® aviation hydraulic fluids. Solutia's businesses are world leaders in each of their market segments. With its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, the company operates globally with approximately 3,400 employees in more than 50 worldwide locations. More information is available at www.solutia.com .

SOURCE Solutia Inc.



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