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06. February 2006

Huntsman shoots down takeover bid

Huntsman Corporation announced on Monday 6th that it has terminated discussions regarding existing proposals to acquire the Company.
After careful review of the proposals received, the Company’s prospects and other strategic initiatives available, as well as thorough discussions with the parties, the Board of Directors of the Company and its special committee have concluded on Friday 3rd that none of the proposals were in the best interests of the shareholders.
Jon M. Huntsman, Founder and Chairman of the Company, said: “The Company appreciates the thoughtful and diligent review by the special committee and the Board of Directors throughout this process, which began with an unsolicited indication of interest. As a shareholder, I fully support this conclusion. While the last proposals were above the price of our IPO last year I believe they were not adequate, particularly in light of the risks, uncertainties and extended timing of the proposed transactions.
“Moreover, there are significant opportunities for our Company going forward.
We believe our historical stock prices have not reflected the full value of our differentiated businesses. Accordingly, we are continuing to evaluate the available alternatives for realizing this potential.”
Peter Huntsman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Like other companies located on the Gulf Coast, our fourth quarter 2005 results were negatively impacted by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina and the unprecedented spikes in energy prices leading up to and during that period. Our largest North American facilities are located where the eye of Rita came ashore and many of our operations in the region were suspended for most the quarter. The Company estimates that Hurricanes Rita and Katrina had a direct negative impact of approximately $140 million on fourth quarter EBITDA or approximately $0.60 per share. In addition, the indirect impact related to these storms was significantly higher than originally anticipated. However, we do not expect continued hurricane impact of any significance into 2006.”
“We are enthusiastic about the global opportunities and prospects we see for 2006 and beyond, including expanding our differentiated businesses and possible divestitures to accelerate our debt reduction.”
The Company expects to release fourth quarter 2005 results on February 24th and will hold a conference call to discuss these results on the same day.

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