Darmstadt, Germany, July 3,2014 – Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading company for high-tech products in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors, today announced that all remaining shares of AZ Electronic Materials (AZ) have been transferred to Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, on July 2, 2014. Holding 99.84% of the AZ shares already, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, had exercised its compulsory acquisition right (“Squeeze-Out”) on June 27, 2014.

On May 2, 2014, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, had announced the official completion of the AZ-acquisition, creating a leading solutions provider in the premium segment of high-tech materials and functional specialty chemicals. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, had made a recommended cash offer of 403.5 GBpence per AZ-share, totalling approximately € 1.9 billion to acquire AZ in December 2013,

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has already started the integration of AZ, which employs around 1,150 people worldwide, and expects all major steps of the integration to be completed by the end of 2014. During the integration AZ will be operated as a separate business unit of the company’s Performance Materials division, alongside the three existing business units Liquid Crystals, Pigments & Cosmetics and Advanced Technologies until a decision on the final set up has been taken.

With annual sales of approximately US-$ 730 million (€ 530 million) in 2013, AZ is a leading high-tech materials supplier with a strong operational presence in Asia, accounting for almost 80 percent of the total group revenues. More than 80 percent of the AZ Group revenue is generated by products with a leading position in their respective markets. AZ materials are widely used in integrated circuits and devices, flat panel displays, and light-emitting diodes. As such, it is a critical partner to the leading global electronics players as its chemical technology allows them to enhance existing processes and innovate new products.