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Sigma-Aldrich (Nasdaq: SIAL) Reports 18.5% Gain in Q3 2008 Diluted EPS and Reaffirms Full Year 2008 Diluted EPS Forecast. Q3 2008 Sales Increase 7.4%. Buyback Authorization Increased by 10 Million Shares.
Date:10/21/2008

ecast diluted EPS for 2008 are also possible due in part to changes in the status of tax uncertainties pursuant to FASB Interpretation No. 48, "Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes." Additional share repurchase activity may also benefit EPS growth.

Supply Chain Initiative: The Company's previously announced supply chain project is an ambitious five-year project that is expected to improve service and expand margins through eight separate but complementary supply chain initiatives focused on improving how we procure goods and services, manage inventory and execute other supply chain activities that are key to our customer centric approach. While the project commenced in 2007 and management expects it to be mildly accretive to profitability in 2008, management does not expect significant annual pretax income benefits to result until 2009. Estimated annual pretax benefits of $10 to $15 million, as early as 2009, are expected to increase in roughly ratable amounts to between $35 and $45 million annually by 2012. Based on current shares outstanding, this could increase diluted earnings per share by $.05 to $.08 in 2009, increasing to $.19 to $.25 by 2012, and improve pretax and operating margins by as much as 150 basis points when the full benefits of the project are realized. These benefits, which may be impacted by potential, abnormal inflationary cost increases, are above and beyond our current expectations to continue to generate $15 million in annual pretax savings from process improvements, with the majority of these $15 million in savings expected to be reinvested to support achieving revenue growth targets as they have been in the past.

SHARE REPURCHASE:

Another 1.0 million shares were acquired during Q3 2008 at an average share price of $60.49. Since beginning the program in late 1999, 89.0 million shares have been acquired at an average purchase price of $22.58 per share. There were 125.4 million shares outstanding at September 30, 20
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