Phasing of restructuring charges between Q3 and Q4 2013

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

At the announcement of the Q2 results in July, AkzoNobel indicated that it had identified further efficiency and cost saving measures that would require €120 million of restructuring charges in the second half of 2013. In addition to the previously announced Performance Improvement Program costs this made a total of €256 million of restructuring charges that were expected to be incurred in the second half of 2013. It is now expected that the majority of these costs will be booked in the fourth quarter with over 20 percent to be booked in the third quarter. As previously indicated, the full year 2013 operating income is unlikely to exceed the €908 million of 2012. Keith Nichols, CFO of AkzoNobel, commented: "The economic environment continues to be challenging but the restructuring program remains on track and the additional initiatives are progressing well. This announcement only refers to the timing of the realization of the costs in the accounts." - - - AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 50,000 people around the world are committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing world. Not for publication - for more information Corporate Media Relations Corporate Investor Relations, Tel. +31 20 502 78 33 Tel. +31 20 502 7854 Contact: Marc Michelsen Contacts: Jonathan Atack and Sheryl Stokes Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains statements which address such key issues as AkzoNobel's growth strategy, future financial results, market positions, product development, products in the pipeline, and product approvals. Such statements should be carefully considered, and it should be understood that many factors could cause forecasted and actual results to differ from these statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, price fluctuations, currency fluctuations, developments in raw material and personnel costs, pensions, physical and environmental risks, legal issues, and legislative, fiscal, and other regulatory measures. Stated competitive positions are based on management estimates supported by information provided by specialized external agencies. For a more comprehensive discussion of the risk factors affecting our business please see our latest Annual Report, a copy of which can be found on the company's corporate website www.akzonobel.com. AkzoNobel Press Release Phasing Restructuring Charges: http://hugin.info/130660/R/1731231/578758.pdf [HUG#1731231] Source:Akzo Nobel NV