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Chemtura opts to stay independent

July 1, 2008
Chemtura Corp., the company resulting from Crompton Corp.'s 2005 acquisition of Great Lakes Chemical Corp., plans to remain independent.

The Middlebury, Conn.-based chemical maker announced last week that a review by Wall Street firm Merrill Lynch & Co. concluded a sale would bring too low of a price. Chemtura said it also considered a merger and other combinations involving the entire company.

In May, The Wall Street Journal reported that Blackstone Group LP and Apollo Management LP were interested in buying Chemtura.

Now Chemtura will look to divestitures, acquisitions, joint ventures and possibly a stock repurchase program.

Chemtura stock is trading near $5.84 per share after hitting a recent high of $17.16 in August 2005.

The company makes specialty chemicals and products for crop protection, pools, spas and home care.

Crompton paid $1.8 billion for Great Lakes, whose headquarters had been moved to Indianapolis from West Lafayette prior to the deal. Chemtura maintains operations in West Lafayette.

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