RadiciGroup To Form Alliance With Rhodia, Snia

Italy-based RadiciGroup has signed a letter of intent with France-based Rhodia and Milan-based
Snia S.p.A. to form an alliance between RadiciGroup’s RadiciFibres man-made fibers division and
nylon textile yarn manufacturer Nylstar, a joint venture between Rhodia and Snia.

RadiciGroup will be the majority owner of the new joint venture, which will employ more than
4,000 people worldwide and is expected to generate more than 800 million euros in annual sales. The
alliance is expected to give RadiciFibres and Nylstar greater leverage in the face of growing
imports from Asia.

May 2005