Originally Posted by the shah
it's touted also a merger of equals, so shareholders of both will not be obliged to pay a premium ... consolidating assets and liabilities to control the market, collusion to create a cartel ??
and won't they deal with eventual environmental/safety law suites coming in the future
I'm not sure what you're really asking with respect to environmental/safety lawsuits. I'm sure both companies face such suits on a regular basis, given the nature of their operations. Those are potential liabilities that come with the territory and presumably show up on their books as liabilities, reserves, etc. (I'm not an accounting guy, so I'm using those terms loosely.) But I'm not sure how the proposed merger really effects this one way or the other. Does the eventual combined company now have twice as much litigation exposure (assuming for ease of discussion that each of the pre-merger companies has an equal amount)? Sure, but (similar assumptions for illustrative purposes) that's balanced against twice the assets as well.