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United States : Ashland provides update on final separation of Valvoline Inc.

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. announced today that its board of directors has approved the distribution of all of its remaining interest in Valvoline Inc. ("Valvoline") to Ashland stockholders and has determined the approximate distribution ratio, record date and distribution date for the final separation.

Subject to the conditions described below, the Ashland board of directors has authorized the distribution to Ashland stockholders of an aggregate of 170,000,000 shares of Valvoline common stock on May 12, 2017, the distribution date, as a pro rata dividend on shares of Ashland common stock outstanding at the close of business on the record date of May 5, 2017. Based on the number of shares of Ashland common stock outstanding as of March 31, 2017, Ashland estimates that each share of Ashland common stock will receive approximately 2.73 shares of Valvoline common stock in the distribution. The actual distribution ratio for the Valvoline common stock to be distributed per share of Ashland common stock will be determined based on the number of shares of Ashland common stock outstanding on the record date.

The Distribution is subject to certain customary conditions, including receipt of a customary tax opinion and confirmation of sufficient capital adequacy and surplus to make the distribution. Ashland expects all of these conditions to be satisfied on the distribution date.

"Today's announcement represents the final step in our journey to create two great companies that are positioned for success, with the flexibility, strategic focus and financial resources to generate revenue and earnings growth," said William A. Wulfsohn, Ashland chairman and chief executive officer. "Valvoline is well on its way toward building the world's leading engine and automotive maintenance business, while Ashland is squarely focused on positioning itself for profitable growth as a pure-play specialty chemicals company. This is an exciting time for both companies and all of our employees who have worked so hard to prepare for this final separation."

Fractional shares of Valvoline common stock will not be distributed to Ashland stockholders. Instead, the fractional shares of Valvoline common stock will be aggregated and sold in the open market, with the net proceeds distributed pro rata in the form of cash payments to Ashland stockholders who would otherwise receive Valvoline fractional shares. The spin-off has been structured to qualify as a tax-free distribution to Ashland stockholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Cash received in lieu of fractional shares will, however, be taxable. Ashland stockholders should consult their tax advisors with respect to U.S. federal, state, local and foreign tax consequences of the distribution.

Beginning on May 3, 2017, and continuing through the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange on May 12, 2017, the distribution date, the following markets will exist in Ashland and Valvoline common stock:

Ashland common stock "regular way" market: Shares of Ashland common stock that trade in the regular way market will trade with "due bills," which are entitlements to shares of Valvoline common stock to be distributed pursuant to the distribution. Any holders of shares of Ashland common stock who sell Ashland shares the "regular way" between the record date and the distribution date will also be selling their right to receive Valvoline shares.

Ashland common stock "ex-distribution/when issued" market: Shares of Ashland common stock that trade in the ex-distribution/when-issued market will trade without an entitlement to shares of Valvoline common stock to be distributed pursuant to the distribution. If you own shares of Ashland common stock on the record date and sell those shares of Ashland common stock in the ex-distribution/when-issued market prior to or on the distribution date, you will still receive the shares of Valvoline common stock that were to be distributed to you in respect of those shares of Ashland common stock.

Valvoline common stock "regular way" market: The regular way market is the same market for Valvoline common stock that has been in existence since Valvoline completed its initial public offering of its common stock in September 2016.

Valvoline common stock "when-issued" market: The when-issued market for Valvoline common stock relates to the shares of Valvoline common stock that will be distributed to Ashland stockholders on the distribution date. Therefore, if you are entitled to receive shares of Valvoline common stock in the distribution, you may trade your entitlement to the shares of Valvoline common stock, without the shares of Ashland common stock you own, in the Valvoline common stock when-issued market.

All trades in the "regular way" markets will settle on the third trading day after the trade date. The due bills will settle on the third trading day after the distribution date. All trades in the "ex-distribution/when-issued" market and "when-issued" market will settle on the fourth trading day after the distribution date, irrespective of the trade date.

Valvoline common stock currently trades on the NYSE under the symbol "VVV."

The distribution of shares of Valvoline common stock will be made in book entry form, and no physical share certificates of Valvoline will be issued. An information statement describing the distribution will be mailed to Ashland stockholders following the record date. Ashland stockholders will not be required to pay cash or other consideration for the shares of Valvoline common stock to be distributed to them or to surrender or exchange their shares of Ashland common stock to receive the distribution.

BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as financial advisor to Ashland in connection with the spin-off of Valvoline.

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