Healthcare Industry News: Beckman Coulter
News Release - April 24, 2007
Biosite Announces Regulatory Clearance in Germany of Beckman Coulter Tender OfferSAN DIEGO, April 24 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Biosite Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSTE ) today announced that Beckman Coulter, Inc. (NYSE: BEC ) has obtained clearance from the German Federal Cartel Office (the Bundeskartellamt) in connection with its proposed acquisition of Biosite pursuant to the tender offer described below.
The tender offer is conditioned upon at least a majority of the outstanding Biosite shares, determined on a fully diluted basis, being tendered, as well as the satisfaction of other customary conditions. Approval of the transaction by Beckman Coulter's shareholders is not required.
As previously announced, a subsidiary of Beckman Coulter has commenced a cash tender offer to acquire all of Biosite's outstanding shares of common stock for $85.00 per share. Unless the tender offer is extended, it and any withdrawal rights to which Biosite's stockholders may be entitled will expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on Friday, April 27, 2007 (the end of the day on Friday).
Goldman Sachs is acting as financial advisor to Biosite and Cooley Godward Kronish LLP and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP are serving as legal advisors.
Biosite Incorporated is a leading bio-medical company commercializing proteomics discoveries for the advancement of medical diagnosis. The company's products contribute to improvements in medical care by aiding physicians in the diagnosis of critical diseases and health conditions. The Biosite TriageŽ rapid diagnostic tests are used in more than 70 percent of U.S. hospitals and in more than 60 international markets. Information on Biosite can be found at www.biosite.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, some of which may be beyond Biosite's control. For a list and description of risks and uncertainties associated with Biosite's businesses, see Biosite's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the "Risk Factors" section in its most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. Biosite disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
Additional Information and Where To Find It
Stockholders of Biosite are urged to read the relevant tender offer documents because they contain important information that stockholders should consider before making any decision regarding tendering their shares. Beckman Coulter and its acquisition subsidiary have filed tender offer materials with the SEC, and Biosite has filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement with respect to the tender offer. The tender offer materials (including an Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and certain other offer documents) and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement contain important information, which should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer. The Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, are available to all stockholders of Biosite at no expense to them. The tender offer materials and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement are available for free at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. In addition, stockholders are able to obtain a free copy of these documents from (i) Beckman Coulter by mailing requests for such materials to: Beckman Coulter, Inc., Office of Investor Relations (M/S A-37-C), 4300 N. Harbor Blvd., P. O. Box 3100, Fullerton, CA 92834 and (ii) Biosite by mailing requests for such materials to: Investor Relations, Biosite, 9975 Summers Ridge Road, San Diego, California 92121.
In addition to the tender offer materials described above, Biosite and Beckman Coulter file annual, quarterly and special reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports, statements or other information filed by Biosite or Beckman Coulter at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the public reference room. Biosite's and Beckman Coulter's filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.
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