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CVS Caremark Corporation to Acquire Longs Drug Stores


source: Long's Drugs



The acquisition will be effected through a tender offer to be launched shortly by a subsidiary of CVS Caremark for all outstanding Longs shares. The tender offer will be subject to, among other things, the condition that at least two-thirds of the outstanding Longs shares are tendered.

CVS Caremark plans to finance the acquisition with a $1.5 billion bridge loan facility, together with existing cash and liquidity, which will provide CVS Caremark with funding sufficient to satisfy its obligations for the acquisition. The transaction is subject to review under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and has other customary closing conditions. It is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank served as financial advisors to CVS Caremark on this transaction and provided the bridge loan commitment. Davis Polk & Wardwell and Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C. served as legal advisors to CVS Caremark. J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. served as financial advisor to Longs and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as its legal advisor.

CVS Caremark and Longs will hold a conference call today for the investment community at 5:30 pm ET to discuss the transaction. The dial-in number for the call is 1-800-638-4817 or, for international callers, 617-614-3943. The pass code is 20777324. The call will be simulcast on both companies' websites for all interested parties. To access the webcast, please visit the Investor Relations portion of each company's website at www.cvs.com or www.longs.com. A replay of the call will be available for 7 days starting at 8:30 pm ET on August 12 through midnight on August 19. The replay number for the call is 1-888-286-8010 or, for international callers, 617-801-6888. The pass code is 52462127. The webcast will be archived for a one month period following the call.

About CVS Caremark

With annual revenue of approximately $85 billion, CVS Caremark is the largest provider of prescriptions in the nation. The Company fills or manages more than 1 billion prescriptions annually. Through its unmatched breadth of service offerings, CVS Caremark is transforming the delivery of healthcare services in the U.S. The Company is uniquely positioned to effectively manage costs and improve healthcare outcomes through its more than 6,300 CVS/pharmacy stores; its pharmacy benefit management, mail order and specialty pharmacy division, Caremark Pharmacy Services; its retail-based health clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic; and its online pharmacy, CVS.com.

About Longs Drug Stores

Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, Longs Drug Stores Corporation (NYSE: LDG) is one of the most recognized retail drug store chains on the West Coast and in Hawaii. The Company operates 521 retail pharmacies and offers a wide assortment of merchandise focusing on health, wellness, beauty and convenience. Longs also provides pharmacy benefit management services and Medicare beneficiary prescription drug plans through its wholly-owned subsidiary, RxAmerica, LLC.

SOURCE: CVS Caremark Corporation


   







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