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美国肯塔基州卡温顿市 — 亚什兰集团(纽约证交所:ASH)今日宣布,已分别与德银证券和摩根大通银行达成协议,执行10b5-1交易计划,对亚什兰2.5亿美元普通股进行回购。该计划为亚什兰之前宣布的13.5亿美元股票回购授权的一部分,是继本周初宣布7.5亿美元加速股票回购计划后的又一举措。




This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning ofSection 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the SecuritiesExchange Act of 1934. Ashland has identified some of these forward-lookingstatements with words such as "anticipates," "believes,""expects," "estimates," "may," "will,""should" and "intends" and the negatives of these words orother comparable terminology.  In addition, Ashland may from time to timemake forward-looking statements in its filings with the Securities and ExchangeCommission (SEC), news releases and other written and oralcommunications.  These forward-looking statements are based on Ashland'sexpectations and assumptions, as of the date such statements are made,regarding Ashland's future operating performance and financial condition, theeconomy and other future events or circumstances.  Ashland's expectationsand assumptions include, without limitation, internal forecasts and analyses ofcurrent and future market conditions and trends, management plans andstrategies, operating efficiencies and economic conditions (such as prices,supply and demand, cost of raw materials, and the ability to recoverraw-material cost increases through price increases), and risks anduncertainties associated with the following: Ashland's substantial indebtedness(including the possibility that such indebtedness and related restrictivecovenants may adversely affect Ashland's future cash flows, results ofoperations, financial condition and its ability to repay debt); the saletransactions involving Ashland Water Technologies and the ASK joint venture andthe potential sale transaction involving the Elastomers division (including thepossibility that Ashland may not realize the anticipated benefits from suchtransactions or potential transaction); the global restructuring program(including the possibility that Ashland may not achieve the anticipated revenueand earnings growth, cost reductions, and other expected benefits from theprogram); Ashland's ability to generate sufficient cash to finance its stockrepurchase plans, severe weather, natural disasters, and legal proceedings andclaims (including environmental and asbestos matters).  Various risks anduncertainties may cause actual results to differ materially from those stated,projected or implied by any forward-looking statements, including, withoutlimitation, risks and uncertainties affecting Ashland that are described in itsmost recent Form 10-K (including Item 1A Risk Factors) filed with the SEC,which is available on Ashland's website at http://investor.ashland.com or on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.Ashland believes its expectations and assumptions are reasonable, but there canbe no assurance that the expectations reflected herein, including the aggregatenumber and dollar amount of shares to be repurchased under, and the timing ofcompletion of, the ASR and 10b5-1 programs, will be achieved.  Unlesslegally required, Ashland undertakes no obligation to update anyforward-looking statements made in this news release whether as a result of newinformation, future events or otherwise.





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