WARSAW, Ind., Aug 15, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --
Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH) said today that it is pleased with the announcement from the Board of Directors of Centerpulse AG, indicating that they are recommending that Centerpulse shareholders accept Zimmer's offer. The Centerpulse board recommendation is contingent upon approval by Zimmer stockholders of the issuance of additional shares of Zimmer common stock required to complete the transaction. Zimmer Holdings' special shareholder meeting is scheduled to reconvene on August 21, 2003. As of August 13, 2003, approximately 98% of the proxies held by Zimmer were in favor of the issuance.
"We welcome these expressions of support and confidence from the Centerpulse Board of Directors and look forward to working with them to finalize the process," said Ray Elliott, Zimmer Chairman, President and CEO. "We are excited about the potential this combination represents and are ready to work with Centerpulse management and employees to create the #1 pure-play orthopaedics company in the world."
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This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. Any exchange offer will be made only through a registration statement and related materials. Zimmer and its directors, officers and other members of its management and employees also may be soliciting proxies from Zimmer stockholders in connection with the exchange offers for shares of Centerpulse AG and InCentive Capital AG. Investors and security holders should note that the exchange offers described in this press release have not been agreed to by Centerpulse or InCentive Capital and are subject to certain conditions. In connection with the exchange offers, Zimmer has filed registration statements on Form S-4 (each containing a prospectus/offer to purchase) and a proxy statement on Schedule 14A with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and submitted Swiss offer prospectuses to the Swiss Takeover Board. Investors and security holders of Centerpulse, InCentive Capital and Zimmer are advised to read these disclosure materials (including other disclosure materials when they become available), because these materials contain important information. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the disclosure materials and other documents filed by Zimmer with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. The disclosure materials and other documents of Zimmer may also be obtained from Zimmer upon request by directing such request to Sam Leno, Senior Vice President and CFO, 574-372-4790.
About Zimmer Holdings, Inc.
Zimmer (NYSE: ZMH), based in Warsaw, Indiana, is a worldwide leader in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of reconstructive orthopaedic implants and trauma products. Orthopaedic reconstruction implants restore joint function lost due to disease or trauma in joints such as knees, hips, shoulders and elbows. Trauma products are devices used primarily to reattach or stabilize damaged bone and tissue to support the body's natural healing process. Zimmer manufactures and markets other products related to orthopaedic surgery. For the year 2002, the Company recorded worldwide revenues of $1.37 billion. Zimmer was founded in 1927 and has more than 3,600 employees worldwide.
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