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Sika AG Reports Record Sales

Sika AG on January 10 reported a 5.6 percent increase in sales, equivalent to 5.75 billion Swiss francs ($5.67 billion USD).

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Swiss Court Rules Against Saint-Gobain

A Swiss court sided with Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG’s management Friday in a dispute with its founders, who want to sell their shares to French rival Saint-Gobain SA.

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Saint-Gobain Remains Determined to Acquire Controlling Interest in SIKA

In 2015, the antitrust authorities gave their “unconditional approval” for French conglomerate Saint-Gobain to gain a controlling interest in Swiss specialty chemicals company SIKA AG, Saint-Gobain management wrote in their 2015 financial report.

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SIKA Says It’s Steadfast Against Saint-Gobain Takeover

Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG management continues its opposition to a takeover bid by French conglomerate Saint-Gobain. There is a “necessity of safeguarding Sika’s successful business model in the interest of all stakeholders,” the company’s management said when reporting fourth-quarter sales.

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SIKA AG Chairman: Saint-Gobain Takeover Would Destroy Company’s Value

In a letter to Saint-Gobain shareholders, Swiss specialty company SIKA AG chairman Paul Hälg denounced the “value of the [Saint-Gobain] takeover attempt,” writing it could take years for the issues to be worked out in the court system. In response, Saint-Gobain management released a statement saying that “all antitrust authorities have given pre-closing clearance” and the company is “determined to pursue this value-creating transaction for both groups.”

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SIKA Shows Growth in All Regions, Saint-Gobain Uncertainty Remains

Swiss-based specialty chemical company SIKA AG reported a 5.5 percent sales increase at constant exchange rates for the first nine months of 2015. Though results were strong, the report indicated that one uncertainty remains—Saint-Gobain.

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Saint-Gobain Awaits Swiss Supreme Court Decision to Pursue SIKA Deal

French conglomerate Saint-Gobain plans to pursue its acquisition of a controlling interest of Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG pending a decision by the Swiss Zug Supreme Court. The court decision is expected in first half of 2016, according to the company’s latest 2015 third-quarter financial report. The company is waiting to see if the court will lift the restriction in voting rights the SIKA board has applied to Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH), which is owned by the Burkard family.

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Dispute Between Saint-Gobain and SIKA Continues

French conglomerate Saint-Gobain is continuing to pursue its plan to acquire controlling interest in Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG, according to the company’s latest letter to shareholders. Meanwhile, a letter was sent to Saint-Gobain management by SIKA’s managers “urging … Continue reading

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The Swiss Competition Commission Green Lights Saint-Gobain’s Acquisition

The Swiss Competition Commission has “unconditionally authorized Saint-Gobain’s acquisition of control over SIKA” according to French conglomerate Saint-Gobain.

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Swiss Administrative Court: Saint-Gobain Is Not Obligated to Extend Offer to All Shareholders

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court (FAC) had upheld Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG’s opt-out clause, rejecting a complaint filed over the clause by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust and Cascade Investment. The court drama began after French conglomerate Saint-Gobain’s plan to gain a controlling interest in SIKA by acquiring Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) was revealed late last year.

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SIKA Board Holds Extraordinary Shareholders Meeting

Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG’s board restricted the voting rights of Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) to 5 percent of all registered shares, thwarting the Burkard family-owned company’s attempt to remove the board chairman and several board members during the extraordinary shareholders meeting held Friday. In a repeat of what occurred at annual general shareholders meeting in April, compensation for the members of the board was rejected for the “current term of office.” SWH retained its majority voting rights on this topic.

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SIKA Investors File Lawsuit Against Burkard Family Member

Cascade Investment LLC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust have filed a director’s liability lawsuit against Urs F. Burkard, board member of SIKA AG, alleging breach of director’s duties. The Swiss specialty chemical company, its current management and some investors, such as Cascade and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are attempting to stave off a bid by French conglomerate Saint-Gobain to gain a controlling interest in SIKA by acquiring Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH).

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SIKA’s Board Says No to Proposed Agenda Changes at Extraordinary Meeting

Swiss specialty chemical company SIKA AG’s board has denied Schenker-Winkler Holdings (SWH) request to revise the agenda for the July 24, 2015 extraordinary general meeting.

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Swiss Superior Court Denies SWH Appeal to Overturn Voting Restriction

The Swiss Superior Court of Zug (Obergericht Zug) has denied Schenker-Winkler Holding AG’s (SWH) appeal over its restriction of voting rights in specialty Swiss chemical company SIKA AG. SIKA, its current management and some investors are attempting to stave off a bid by French conglomerate Saint-Gobain to gain a controlling interest in SIKA by acquiring SWH.

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Swiss Financial Authority Confirms Validity of Sika’s Opt-Out Clause

The Swiss Financial Markets Authority (FINMA) has denied an appeal by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust as well as Cascade Investment, which are both shareholders in Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG. The shareholders were attempting to appeal a decision by the Swiss Takeover Board to uphold Sika’s opt-out clause, which would allow French conglomerate Saint-Gobain to gain the majority of voting rights in the Swiss company without tendering an offer for all shares by purchasing Schenker-Winkler Holding.

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Swiss Takeover Board Upholds Sika’s Opt-Out Clause

The Swiss Takeover Board has upheld Sika AG’s “opt-out clause,” which allows French conglomerate Saint-Gobain to buy Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) and majority voting rights in Sika without having to make an offer for the remaining shares. SWH is owned by the Burkard family, which controls 16.1 percent of Sika’s capital with 52.4 percent in voting rights. SWH plans to sell its stake in Sika to Saint-Gobain. The Sika board and management have voiced their opposition to the deal.

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Swiss Court Denies Burkard Family’s Request to Uphold Its Voting Rights in Sika AG

The Swiss Cantonal Court of Zug has denied Schenker-Winkler Holding’s (SWH) request to uphold the company’s voting rights in Sika AG. SWH is owned by the Burkard family, which controls 16.1 percent of Sika’s capital with 52.4 percent in voting rights. SWH plans to sell its stake in Sika to French-conglomerate Saint-Gobain. The Sika board and management seeks to restrict the Burkard family’s voting rights to 5 percent given its desire to sell its Sika shares to Saint-Gobain.

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Burkard Family’s Bid to Sell Sika Will Be Addressed at Regular Shareholders Meeting

The Swiss Cantonal Court of Zug has denied Schenker-Winkler Holding’s (SWH) request to hold an extraordinary shareholders meeting for Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG. The Burkard family-owned company, SWH, controls 16.1 percent of Sika’s capital with 52.4 percent in voting rights. SWH plans to sell its stake in Sika to French-conglomerate Saint-Gobain. Via the special meeting, SWH sought to oust certain Sika board members who voiced opposition to the deal. Now that topic will be addressed during the regular annual shareholders meeting in April.

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Swiss Takeover Board Decides in Favor of Burkard Family

The Swiss Takeover Board has decided the Burkard family, which owns Schenker Winkler Holding AG, can move forward with selling its interest in Swiss chemical company Sika AG to French conglomerate Saint-Gobain.

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Saint-Gobain Says Commitment to Acquire Sika “Irrevocable”

In a Power Point presentation covering 2014 full-year financials, French conglomerate Saint-Gobain’s management says its “commitment is irrevocable” to acquire a controlling interest in Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG. “Consequently, we hope that those members of Sika’s management team who currently oppose the transaction will rethink their position and the radical steps they have taken which are detrimental to the group’s 17,000 employees,” management writes in the report.

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Sika Reports Record 2014 Sales

Though an uncertainty remains around the bid by French conglomerate Saint-Gobain to take over a majority interest in Sika AG, the Swiss specialty chemical company reports it has achieved “the best result in the company’s history” for full-year 2014, according to its financial report.

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More than 100 Sika Managers Sign Letter Opposing Saint-Gobain Deal

More than 100 senior managers at Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG have signed a letter stating their opposition to the French conglomerate Saint-Gobain’s bid to acquire controlling interest in the company, according to a report. The letter was sent … Continue reading

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Sika AG Throws Up New Roadblock for Saint-Gobain

French conglomerate Saint-Gobain’s deal to acquire a controlling interest in Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG appears to have had the brakes thrown on it. The Sika Board of Directors has decided the Burkard’s family voting rights in the company should be reduced to 5 percent. The Saint-Gobain deal hinged the Burkard’s family’s agreement to sell Schenker Winkler Holding AG to Saint-Gobain. The family-owned company controls 16.1 percent of Sika’s capital and 52.4 percent of its voting rights, which would have paved the way for Saint-Gobain to gain controlling interest of Sika.

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Sika Reports 13.0 Percent Sales Growth for 2014

As Sika AG continues to push back against French conglomerate Saint-Gobain’s move to seek controlling interest in the company, the Swiss specialty chemical company also has released its 2014 financial results. The company reports 13.0 percent sales growth to 6.38 … Continue reading

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The Pushback Over Saint-Gobain’s Move to Acquire a Controlling Interest in Sika AG Accelerates

The management of Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG continues to push back against French conglomerate Saint-Gobain’s move to seek controlling interest in the company. Several investors are supporting management’s position, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, Cascade Investment LLC, Fidelity Worldwide Investment, Threadneedle Investments and the Ethos Foundation. Meanwhile, representatives of Saint-Gobain asked Sika officials to meet in Zurich today in an attempt to clear the way for the deal to go forward.

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Sika AG to Meet with Investors Over Saint-Gobain Deal

Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG has announced it will hold an investor meeting to discuss Saint-Gobain’s (SGO) move to seek a controlling interest in the company.

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Schenker Winkler Holding Looks to Remove Three Sika Board Members

Schenker Winkler Holding AG, which is owned by the family that controls Sika AG, has requested the Swiss specialty chemical company hold an extraordinary general meeting and proposes to remove Dr. Paul Hälg, Monika Ribar and Daniel Sauter as current members of the board. Schenker Winkler, which holds the majority voting rights in Sika, is slated to be sold to Saint-Gobain—giving the French conglomerate a controlling interest in the Swiss specialty chemical company. Sika’s board and management have voiced their opposition to the deal.

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Saint-Gobain Seeks Controlling Interest in Sika

Saint-Gobain plans to acquire a controlling interest in chemical company Sika AG, which specializes in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protecting in the building sector and automotive industry. The Sika board and management team say they are not in favor of the move and will “resign following closing of the transaction,” according to a company statement.

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