Grace to Review Unsolicited Proposal from 40 North

COLUMBIA, Md., Jan. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) confirmed that it has received a revised proposal from 40 North Management LLC (“40 North”) to acquire all outstanding shares of Grace for $65 per share in cash (the “Proposal”), subject to certain conditions.

The Grace Board of Directors, consistent with its fiduciary duties and in consultation with its independent financial and legal advisors, will carefully review and evaluate the Proposal to determine the course of action it believes is in the best interest of the Company and its shareholders.

As part of this review, the Board will consider the Proposal in the context of the Company’s ongoing review of potential strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and Moelis & Company LLC are serving as financial advisors and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal counsel to Grace.

About Grace
Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global specialty chemical company. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. With approximately 4,000 employees, Grace operates and/or sells to customers in over 60 countries. More information about Grace is available at grace.com.

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jason.hershiser@grace.com


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