Georgia Gulf Corporation (NYSE: GGC) today announced that when its pending merger with PPG’s commodity chemicals business is completed, it will change its name to Axiall Corporation. The company will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol AXLL.
“The new name is the result of more than five months of effort and creativity by a group of employees from both Georgia Gulf and PPG,” said Paul Carrico, president and chief executive officer. “The new and distinctive brand represents a clear break from the legacy names of the two businesses, and gives us the flexibility to enter new markets, make future acquisitions, and diversify our portfolio without the need to rebrand our organization.”
More information about the Axiall brand story can be viewed online at www.axiallcorp.com.
About Georgia GulfGeorgia Gulf Corporation is a leading, integrated North American manufacturer of two chemical lines, chlorovinyls and aromatics, and manufactures vinyl-based building and home improvement products. The company's vinyl-based building and home improvement products, marketed under Royal Building Products and Exterior Portfolio brands. Georgia Gulf, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, has manufacturing facilities located throughout North America to provide industry-leading service to customers. For more information, visit www.ggc.com. Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information This communication contains certain statements relating to future events and our intentions, beliefs, expectations, and predictions for the future. Any such statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Words or phrases such as “will likely result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “we believe,” “we expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “may,” “will,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “target,” “forecast,” “would” or “could” (including the negative or variations thereof) or similar terminology used in connection with any discussion of future plans, actions, or events, including with respect to the proposed separation of PPG’s commodity chemicals business from PPG and the merger of the PPG commodity chemicals business and Georgia Gulf (the “Transaction”), generally identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expected timing of the closing of the Transaction, the expected benefits of the Transaction and of the Company's new name, Georgia Gulf’s anticipated future financial and operating performance and results, and the anticipated financial and operating performance of the combined company. These statements are based on the current expectations of the management of Georgia Gulf. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause Georgia Gulf’s actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements included in this communication. These risks and uncertainties include risks relating to (i) PPG being unable to obtain any remaining regulatory approvals required to complete the Transaction, or such required approvals delaying the Transaction or resulting in the imposition of conditions that could have a material adverse effect on the combined company or causing the companies to abandon the Transaction, (ii) other conditions to the closing of the Transaction not being satisfied, (iii) a material adverse change, event or occurrence affecting Georgia Gulf or the PPG commodity chemicals business prior to the closing of the Transaction delaying the Transaction or causing the companies to abandon the Transaction, (iv) problems arising in successfully integrating the businesses of the PPG commodity chemicals business and Georgia Gulf, which may result in the combined company not operating as effectively and efficiently as expected, (v) the possibility that the Transaction may involve other unexpected costs, liabilities or delays, (vi) the businesses of each respective company being negatively impacted as a result of uncertainty surrounding the Transaction, (vii) disruptions from the Transaction harming relationships with customers, employees or suppliers, and (viii) uncertainties regarding future prices, industry capacity levels and demand for Georgia Gulf’s products, raw materials and energy costs and availability, feedstock availability and prices, changes in governmental and environmental regulations, the adoption of new laws or regulations that may make it more difficult or expensive to operate Georgia Gulf’s businesses or manufacture its products before or after the Transaction, Georgia Gulf’s ability to generate sufficient cash flows from its business before and after the Transaction, future economic conditions in the specific industries to which its products are sold, and global economic conditions. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this communication may not occur. Other unknown or unpredictable factors could also have a material adverse effect on Georgia Gulf’s actual future results, performance, or achievements. For a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to Georgia Gulf and its business, see Georgia Gulf's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). As a result of the foregoing, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication. Georgia Gulf does not undertake, and expressly disclaims, any duty to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events, or changes in its expectations, except as required by law.
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