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Acquisition of Morton Salt K+S and Dow Chemical Confirm FTC Clearance

K+S Aktiengesellschaft / Acquisition of Morton Salt K+S and Dow Chemical Confirm FTC Clearance

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Kassel (euro adhoc) - Kassel, 28 September 2009

Acquisition of Morton Salt K+S and Dow Chemical Confirm FTC Clearance

K+S Aktiengesellschaft and The Dow Chemical Company announced jointly today that the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted to accept a consent decree agreed to by K+S Aktiengesellschaft.

The acceptance of the consent decree by the FTC clears the parties to close the acquisition by K+S of Morton International Inc., the salt business of Rohm and Haas Company. The two companies expect that the closing of the transaction will take place within the next few days.

K+S already fulfilled the requirements by the FTC for selling bulk de-icing salt assets in Maine and Connecticut. The impact on the business, generated by these divestitures is minor. Following the acquisition of Morton Salt, K+S will become the largest salt producer in the world.

Dow will use the USD 1.68 billion in gross proceeds from the sale of Morton Salt to fully pay off the balance of a bridge loan Dow used to partially fund its acquisition of Rohm and Haas. The payoff of this short-term financing facility comes well ahead of Dow's goal to pay the loan off by the end of the year.

About the K+S Group K+S is one of the world's leading suppliers of speciality and standard fertilizers, plant care as well as salt products. With its products and brands, K+S offers its customers a range of needs-based goods and services which provides growth opportunities in virtually every sphere of daily life. The K+S Group employs more than 12,000 people and achieved revenues of just under EUR 5.0 billion in 2008. K+S is quoted on all German stock exchanges (ISIN: DE0007162000, symbol: SDF) and listed on the DAX® share index. More information about K+S can be found at www.k-plus-s.com.

About The Dow Chemical Company Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in approximately 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. In 2008, Dow had annual sales of about USD 58 billion and employed approximately 46,000 people worldwide. The Company has 150 manufacturing sites in 35 countries and produces approximately 3,300 products. On April 1, 2009, Dow acquired Rohm and Haas Company, a global specialty materials company with sales of USD 10 billion in 2008, 98 manufacturing sites in 30 countries and approximately 15,000 employees worldwide. 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.

Your contact persons at K+S: Press: Michael Wudonig phone: +49 561 9301-1262 fax: +49 561 9301-1666 michael.wudonig@k-plus-s.com

Investor Relations: Christian Herrmann phone: +49 561 9301-1460 fax: +49 561 9301-2425 christian.herrmann@k-plus-s.com

Your contact persons at The Dow Chemical Company: Bob Plishka Phone: +1 989 638-2288 bplishka@dow.com

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Further inquiry note:

Your contact persons at K+S:
Press:
Michael Wudonig
phone: +49 561 9301-1262
fax: +49 561 9301-1666
michael.wudonig@k-plus-s.com

Branche: Chemicals
ISIN: DE0007162000
WKN: 716200
Index: DAX, Midcap Market Index, CDAX, Classic All Share, HDAX,
Prime All Share
Börsen: Frankfurt / regulated dealing/prime standard
Berlin / regulated dealing
Hamburg / regulated dealing
Stuttgart / regulated dealing
Düsseldorf / regulated dealing
Hannover / regulated dealing
München / regulated dealing

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