Global Growth in Vision Correction
Population growth and demographic shifts are increasing demand for advanced vision care technologies across all geographies and age groups. For example, about 60 percent of people older than 60 have cataracts, which are the leading cause of vision loss among this age group. It is estimated that 700 million people globally are 60 years or older, and that number is expected to grow to one billion over the next decade.
"With AMO, Abbott will immediately become a global leader in vision," said John M. Capek, executive vice president, Medical Devices, Abbott. "The business is poised for long-term growth, driven by advances in refractive surgery technologies, including LASIK, and an aging global population."
Under the terms of the agreement, Abbott will commence a tender offer by Jan. 26, 2009, to purchase all outstanding shares of AMO at $22 per share. The tender offer is conditioned on the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of AMO's common stock on a fully diluted basis. The $2.8 billion estimated value of the transaction is based on AMO's approximately 62 million fully diluted shares outstanding, plus estimated net debt at the time of closing. The Boards of Directors of AMO and Abbott have approved the transaction. Abbott expects the transaction to be neutral to ongoing earnings per share in 2009, and accretive beginning in 2010, both before one-time transaction-related costs, which will be provided at a later date.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including
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