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Eastman Chemical buying St. Louis-based Solutia for about $3.38B

Solutia's St. Louis headquarters.
(Courtesy Solutia)
Solutia's St. Louis headquarters.

Specialty chemical company Eastman Chemical Co. is buying Solutia Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $3.38 billion to broaden its presence into emerging markets and expand its product offerings.

The companies value the deal, including debt, at about $4.7 billion.

Solutia shareholders will receive $22 in cash and 0.12 shares of Eastman stock for each share of Solutia that they own. Based on Thursday's closing prices, Solutia shareholders will receive cash and stock valued at $27.65 per Solutia share, a 42 percent premium to the company's closing price.

Eastman expects 2012 earnings of about $5 per share, excluding acquisition-related costs. It also boosted its 2013 forecast to more than $6 per share. Analysts forecast 2012 earnings of $4.64 per share and 2013 earnings of $4.97 per share.

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