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The board rejected the offer as "clearly inadequate," according to a press release, offering a "value of Airgas in a sale" of at least $78 per share. As a result, the board unanimously recommends against shareholders tendering shares at the current offer.
In a revised filing with the SEC, Airgas cited changes in economic conditions, strong outperformance of earlier company projections, and written opinions of the deal from various investment firms as reasons for making the recommendation.
Previously, Air Products announced the $70 per share offer was its "best and final offer." The expiration of that offer is Jan. 14, 2011.