ST. LOUIS, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (NASDAQ: SIAL) announced today that the European Commission (the "EC") has conditionally cleared the planned acquisition of the Company by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (the "Transaction"). Sigma-Aldrich also announced it has obtained full clearance of the Transaction from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
These latest jurisdictions to clear the Transaction follow clearance in May by Japanese authorities. Antitrust clearance has also been obtained in the United States, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, South Africa and Taiwan.
To satisfy the conditions imposed by the EC for clearance of the Transaction, both Sigma-Aldrich, and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, have agreed to sell parts of Sigma-Aldrich's solvents and inorganics chemicals business in the European Economic Area as a fully integrated, stand-alone business. This includes the rights to all solvents and inorganics sold globally under the Fluka® brand.
The closing of the Transaction remains subject to certain other conditions including clearance by antitrust authorities in Brazil, Israel and South Korea. Both companies continue to work toward a closing date of mid-2015.
On September 22, 2014, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and Sigma-Aldrich announced they had entered into a definitive agreement under which Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, will acquire Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion - $140 cash per share, establishing one of the leading players in the $130 billion global life science industry.
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About Sigma-Aldrich: Sigma-Aldrich, a leading Life Science and Technology company focused on enhancing human health and safety, manufactures and distributes 250,000 chemicals, biochemicals and other essential products to more than 1.4 million customers globally in research and applied labs as well as in industrial and commercial markets. With three distinct business units - Research, Applied and SAFC Commercial - Sigma-Aldrich is committed to enabling science to improve the quality of life. The Company operates in 37 countries, has approximately 9,300 employees worldwide and had sales of $2.79 billion in 2014. For more information about Sigma-Aldrich, please visit its website at www.sigma-aldrich.com.
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