March 04, 2013 at 08:11 AM EST
Dow Announces Closure of Proceedings in K-Dow Arbitration

The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (the “ICC”) today released the final award amount, representing interest and costs, in the arbitration case between The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) and Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait (PIC) related to the K-Dow transaction.

The final interest and costs awarded to Dow totals $318 million, as of today, and is in addition to the partial award of $2.16 billion announced last May – resulting in full damages awarded to Dow equal to $2.48 billion. This is the last step in the disciplined arbitration process, bringing the process to a close. Both awards (partial and final) are binding and non-appealable.

“Payment of these damages of nearly $2.5 billion will allow Dow to accelerate its priority uses for cash by further strengthening our balance sheet,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Dow and Kuwait share a long history and strong partnership, and this award ruling brings suitable closure to the arbitration process. The Dow team fully expects, and we are resolved to ensure, that PIC honors its contractual commitments in a timely manner.”

The total award amount is subject to continuing interest until Dow receives payment. Counsel for Dow is Shearman & Sterling.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2012, Dow had annual sales of approximately $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com

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