Axalta Coating Systems confirmed that its discussions on a possible acquisition by Nippon Paint have ended. According to Axalta, Nippon Paint’s Board of Directors were unwilling to meet Axalta’s expectations regarding the value of the company and assume the financial leverage necessary for the deal.
Axalta has recently been sought after by two global competitors,” said Charles W. Shaver, Axalta’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “While neither deal came to fruition, the keen interest by these companies underscores Axalta’s global leadership position. Our current and future operational plans have not wavered during these discussions. We are well positioned to continue as a standalone growth company and will remain disciplined in generating superior long-term value for our shareholders.”