BASF Aktiengesellschaft

BASF and Engelhard Reach Agreement

    Ludwigshafen, Germany (ots/PRNewswire) -

@@start.t1@@      - Engelhard Recommends That Engelhard's Shareholders Accept BASF's Offer
      - BASF CEO Hambrecht: "Crucial step towards acquisition of Engelhard."@@end@@

    BASF Aktiengesellschaft (Frankfurt: BAS, NYSE: BF [ADR], LSE: BFA, SWX: AN) announced today that it signed a definitive agreement with Engelhard Corporation (NYSE: EC). According to the agreement, Engelhard will recommend that Engelhard shareholders tender their shares to BASF in exchange for US$39 per share in cash and will withdraw its US$45 per share self-tender offer for approximately 20% of the company's shares.

    "We are very pleased that BASF and Engelhard were able to reach agreement on a negotiated transaction. This is a crucial step towards our goal of acquiring Engelhard," said Dr. Jurgen Hambrecht, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF Aktiengesellschaft. "We are confident that Engelhard's shareholders will tender their shares into our offer, following the recommendation of Engelhard."

    BASF's US$39 per share all-cash offer for all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Engelhard Corporation is scheduled to expire at midnight, New York City time, on Monday, June 5, 2006.

    BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's intelligent system solutions and high-value products help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. In 2005, BASF had approximately 81,000 employees and posted sales of more than Euro42.7 billion. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

    This press release is provided for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities of Engelhard Corporation. Any offers to purchase or solicitation of offers to sell will be made only pursuant to the tender offer statement (including the offer to purchase, the letter of transmittal and other offer documents) which was initially filed with the SEC on January 9, 2006. Engelhard stockholders are advised to read these documents and any other documents relating to the tender offer that are filed with the SEC carefully and in their entirety because they contain important information. Engelhard stockholders may obtain copies of these documents for free at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov or by calling Innisfree M&A Incorporated, the Information Agent for the offer, at +1-877-750-5837 (Toll Free from the U.S. and Canada) or +1-800-7710-9971 (Toll Free from Europe).

    This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements contained in this press release that are not clearly historical in nature or that necessarily depend on future events are forward-looking, and the words "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "estimate," "plan," and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections of BASF management and currently available information. They are not guarantees of future performance, involve certain risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and are based upon assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate.

    Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of BASF to be materially different from those that may be expressed or implied by such statements. Such factors include those discussed in BASF's most recent Form 20-F filed with the SEC.

        Michael Grabicki
        Phone:  +49-621-60-99938
        Fax:  +49-621-60-92693
        michael.grabicki@basf.com
        US media contact:
        Rand Pearsall
        Phone:  +1-973-245-6820
        Cell:  +1-973-626-1786
        Fax:  +1-973-245-6714
        rand.pearsall@basf.com
        Analysts/Investors contact:
        Christoph Beumelburg
        Phone:  +1-973-245-6013
        Cell:  +1-973-519-2981
        Fax:  +1-973-245-6714
        christoph.beumelburg@basf.com

    Web site: http://www.basf.com

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Contact:
Michael Grabicki, +49-621-60-99938, fax, +49-621-60-92693,
michael.grabicki@basf.com, or US media, Rand Pearsall,
+1-973-245-6820, cell, +1-973-626-1786, fax, +1-973-245-6714,
rand.pearsall@basf.com, or Analysts/Investors, Christoph Beumelburg,
+1-973-245-6013, cell,
+1-973-519-2981, fax, +1-973-245-6714, christoph.beumelburg@basf.com,
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