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SunEdison, Inc. Announces Private Placement Of Shares To Samsung In Connection With SunEdison Semiconductor Initial Public Offering

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ST. PETERS, Mo., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) today announced a series of transactions that are expected to occur concurrent with the initial public offering (IPO) of its semiconductor division, SunEdison Semiconductor Limited (SSL), including:

  • Samsung Fine Chemicals will purchase $100 million of SSL's ordinary shares at the IPO price through a private placement concurrent with SSL's IPO. 
  • Samsung Fine Chemicals has entered into an agreement with SunEdison pursuant to which SunEdison will purchase from Samsung Fine Chemicals shares representing a 35% interest in SMP, a joint venture between Samsung Fine Chemicals and SunEdison, and SunEdison will contribute those shares to SSL.  Samsung Fine Chemicals will continue to be invested in SMP, owning 15% of SMP following the completion of the transaction. SMP is the low-cost fluidized bed reactor (FBR) based polysilicon joint venture under construction in Ulsan, Korea. The facility is expected to be completed in the second half of 2014 and will provide solar grade polysilicon to SunEdison with the potential to provide electronic grade polysilicon to SSL in the future.
  • Samsung Electronics has entered into an agreement with SSL pursuant to which SSL will purchase Samsung Electronics' remaining 20% interest in MEMC Korea Company, in exchange for the issuance by SSL to Samsung Electronics of ordinary shares through a private placement concurrent with SSL's IPO.  Upon completion of these transactions, SSL will own 100% of MEMC Korea Company. 
  • Samsung Electronics and SSL have entered into a long-term agreement for Samsung Electronics to purchase semiconductor wafers from SSL.  As a result, SSL's market share with Samsung Electronics is expected to increase in each of the next three years.

"Through continued cooperation and a long-standing relationship with Samsung Fine Chemicals and Samsung Electronics, the respective companies and SunEdison have agreed to these mutually beneficial transactions.  Through SMP, SSL will be able to supply nearly all of its requirements for low-cost, high-quality granular polysilicon internally, and will gain a key customer as an investor," commented Brian Wuebbels, Chief Financial Officer of SunEdison, Inc.  "We look forward to a continued strong relationship with Samsung as a key investor and business partner."

"Samsung Fine Chemicals is pleased to invest in SSL.  In addition, the sale of most of our interest in SMP will enable us to focus on our core competences area such as Mecellose, Hecellose, and AnyCoat and on prospective new business engines such as raw materials of rechargeable batteries and biodegradable polymers for long-term growth," said Mr. Hwang Yunil, Director in charge of Business Strategy, Samsung Fine Chemicals.

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