Intermolecular to be acquired by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany for $1.20 per share in an all cash transaction

6 May 2019

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Intermolecular, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMI) has signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, will acquire Intermolecular for $1.20 per share in an all cash transaction, representing an equity value of Intermolecular of approximately $62 million. The acquisition has been unanimously approved by Intermolecular's Board of Directors and the Executive Board of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

"We are pleased to become an integral part of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany's leading electronic materials business and look forward to all of the new and exciting opportunities we see for our customers and employees. We believe our technology expertise is very complementary and creates a unique offering that will continue to shape the innovations of tomorrow," said Chris Kramer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Intermolecular.

"Intermolecular's unique capabilities in rapid material screening, in combination with the R&D pipeline of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, will allow us to offer our customers faster materials innovation, through parallel composition experiment and full performance testing and characterization," said Kai Beckmann, member of the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Executive Board and CEO of Performance Materials. "We are excited to join forces with Intermolecular and bring significant advantages to our customers compared to conventional materials R&D."

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2019, subject to the approval of Intermolecular's stockholders, clearance by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, will acquire Intermolecular through its wholly owned subsidiary EMD Group Holding II, Inc.

As a result of this transaction, Intermolecular will not be holding its previously scheduled conference call on May 14, 2019.


Cowen served as exclusive financial advisor to Intermolecular and Latham & Watkins LLP served as Intermolecular's legal advisor.  Nixon Peabody LLP served as Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany's legal advisor.

About Intermolecular, Inc.

Intermolecular® is the trusted partner for advanced materials innovation. Advanced materials are at the core of innovation in the 21st century for a wide range of industries including semiconductors, consumer electronics, automotive and aerospace. With its substantial materials expertise, accelerated learning and experimentation platform, and information and analytics infrastructure, Intermolecular has a ten-year track record helping leading companies accelerate and de-risk materials innovation. Learn more at

"Intermolecular" and the Intermolecular logo are registered trademarks; all rights reserved.

About Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 52,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people's lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2018, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 14.8 billion in 66 countries.

The company holds the global rights to the name and trademark "Merck" internationally. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany operate as EMD Serono in healthcare, MilliporeSigma in life science, and EMD Performance Materials. Since its founding 1668, scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to the company's technological and scientific advances. To this day, the founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company.

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Additional Information and Where to Find It

This communication is being made in respect of the proposed transaction involving Intermolecular, Parent and Merck KGaA. In connection with the proposed transaction, Intermolecular will file with the SEC, and mail or otherwise provide to its stockholders, a definitive proxy statement (the "Proxy Statement") with respect to a special meeting of Intermolecular's stockholders to approve the proposed transaction.  Intermolecular may also file or may have previously filed other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. This communication is not a substitute for the Proxy Statement or any other document that may be or may have been filed by Intermolecular with the SEC. INTERMOLECULAR'S STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED BY INTERMOLECULAR WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION, OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE THEREIN, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Stockholders may obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement and other documents filed by Intermolecular with the SEC (when available) at the SEC's website at In addition, stockholders may obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement and other documents filed by Intermolecular with the SEC (when available) by visiting the Intermolecular Investor Relations page on the Intermolecular website at or by directing a request to following:

Intermolecular Corporate Contact

Bill Roeschlein

Intermolecular, Inc.

Chief Financial Officer

(408) 582-5415

Participants in the Solicitation

Intermolecular and its directors, executive officers and certain employees and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Intermolecular's stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Stockholders may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of Intermolecular's directors and executive officers in Intermolecular's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, which was filed with the SEC on March 8, 2019, as amended on April 29, 2019. Additional information regarding the interests of such individuals in the proposed transaction will be included in the Proxy Statement when it is filed with the SEC.

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