Rockwood Repays Sachtleben GmbH Secured Facility

  Rockwood Repays Sachtleben GmbH Secured Facility

Business Wire

PRINCETON, N.J. -- March 22, 2013

Rockwood Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ROC) announced today that it has repaid all
borrowings outstanding under the secured facility of its wholly owned
subsidiary, Sachtleben GmbH, its titanium dioxide (“TiO2”) pigments business,
using cash on hand.

“This repayment of debt furthers our progress towards two of our stated goals
for 2013 - our commitment to de-leverage and to facilitate the divestiture
process for Sachtleben,” said Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer.

The aggregate amount of the debt repaid was €394.5 million ($508.9 million),
consisting of €190.0 million ($245.1 million) of term loan A, €200.0 million
($258.0 million) of term loan B and a €4.5 million ($5.8 million) revolving
credit facility. The interest rate on term loan A and the revolving credit
facility was Euribor plus 3.75%, and the interest rate on term loan B was
Euribor plus 4.00%.

This repayment follows Rockwood’s $250 million reduction of its senior secured
term loan B credit facility in October 2012.

Sachtleben Titanium Dioxide Pigments Business

Sachtleben is a leading producer of high quality, specialty grade titanium
dioxide, serving a wide variety of customers in the synthetic fibers,
plastics, paints, packaging inks, coatings, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food,
catalyst and paper industries. Sachtleben’s principal products include TiO2 in
anatase grade, TiO2 in rutile grade and titanium specialties. This business
line also provides recycling services for sulfuric waste acid.

Rockwood Holdings, Inc. is a leading global inorganic specialty chemicals and
advanced materials company. Rockwood has a worldwide employee base of
approximately 10,200 people and annual net sales of approximately $3.5 billion
in 2012. The company focuses on global niche segments of the specialty
chemicals, pigments and additives and advanced materials markets. For more
information on Rockwood, please visit www.rocksp.com.

The information set forth in this press release contains certain
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning the business, operations and
financial condition of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries and
affiliates ("Rockwood"). Words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates,"
"expects," "forecasts," "predicts" and variations of such words or expressions
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believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are
based upon reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that its
expectations will be realized. "Forward-looking statements" consist of all
non-historical information, including any statements referring to the
prospects and future performance of Rockwood. Actual results could differ
materially from those projected in Rockwood's forward-looking statements due
to numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including, among other
things, the "Risk Factors" described in Rockwood's periodic reports on file
with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Rockwood does not undertake any
obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect events
or circumstances after the date on which any such statement is made or to
reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact:

Rockwood Holdings, Inc.
Nahla Azmy, 609-524-1109
nazmy@rocksp.com
 
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