Air Liquide/Airgas Merger Clears Final Hurdle

JACK KEOUGH | May 16, 2016

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved, with conditions, the merger of Airgas and Air Liquide and the two companies now expect to finalize the deal next week. The companies said in a joint statement that the FTC approval was the final regulatory hurdle. The conditions for approval of the $13.4 billion deal announced last November are the companies agree to sell assets used to produce bulk oxygen, bulk nitrogen, bulk argon and other products in certain markets. Airgas and Air Liquide said they plan to close the deal May 23. Airgas will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air Liquide. The companies agreed to sell 16 air separation units and associated assets (12 owned by Air Liquide and four by Airgas), two nitrous oxide plants owned by Air Liquide, four Air Liquide facilities that produce both liquid carbon dioxide and dry ice and two that produce only liquid carbon dioxide, as well as three Airgas retail packaged welding gas stores in Alaska.

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