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April 08, 2011 16:00 CET

Novartis completes merger with Alcon

  • Novartis shares required in transaction total 165 million shares instead of 215 shares million following purchase of Alcon shares in open market
    • The 108 million new shares in combination with an additional 57 million shares held in treasury used to fund part of the merger consideration
  • Merger of Alcon into Novartis completed following entry in commercial registry

Basel, April 8, 2011 - Novartis announced today that it completed the merger of Alcon, Inc. (Alcon; NYSE: ACL) into Novartis. The completion of the merger follows the Novartis shareholders' approval of the merger, as well as the proposed capital increase at the company's Extraordinary Shareholder Meeting today and the subsequent entry of the merger into the commercial registry.

The number of Novartis shares required in connection with the merger are 165 million shares instead of the initially expected 215 million shares. The amount of shares required for the merger was reduced through the purchase of 16.1 million Alcon shares in the open market since the announcement of the merger agreement in December 2010.

The 165 million shares are composed of 108 million newly issued shares from the authorized capital increase approved by the Novartis Board of Directors today and 57 million shares already held as treasury shares. Under the terms of the agreement, Alcon shareholders will receive 2.9228 Novartis shares (which includes the dividend adjustment) and USD 8.20 in cash for each share of Alcon, for a total consideration of USD 168 per share.

Novartis has appointed Mellon Investor Services LLC (operating with the service name BNY Mellon Shareowner Services) as agent for the payment of merger consideration. Alcon shareholders with questions regarding the payment of merger consideration should contact BNY Mellon Shareowner Services at +1 (201) 680-6579.

A full update on expected synergies, one-time costs and progress of integration process resulting from the merger will be provided with the Novartis quarterly earnings update on April 19, 2011.

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About Novartis
Novartis provides healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Focused solely on healthcare, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, consumer health products, preventive vaccines and diagnostic tools. Novartis is the only company with leading positions in these areas. In 2010, the Group's continuing operations achieved net sales of USD 50.6 billion, while approximately USD 9.1 billion (USD 8.1 billion excluding impairment and amortization charges) was invested in R&D throughout the Group. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis Group companies employ approximately 119,000 full-time-equivalent associates and operate in more than 140 countries around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.novartis.com.

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