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Sigma-Aldrich (Nasdaq: SIAL) Reports Fourth Quarter Diluted EPS of $0.68. Ends 2008 With Record Sales and Earnings and Raises Quarterly Cash Dividend by 11.5%. Provides Outlook for 2009.
Date:2/11/2009

on increase in debt, enabled the Company to fund $421 million for share repurchases, pay $90 million for property and equipment additions and return $65 million to shareholders through a 13% increase in the 2008 quarterly dividend. The Company's debt to capital ratio at December 31, 2008 was 34.6%. The Company has not experienced any problem in placing its short-term debt in recent weeks.

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Sigma-Aldrich is a leading Life Science and High Technology company. Our biochemical and organic chemical products and kits are used in scientific research, including genomic and proteomic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development, and as key components in pharmaceutical, diagnostic and other high technology manufacturing. We have customers in life science companies, university and government institutions, hospitals and in industry. Over one million scientists and technologists use our products. Sigma-Aldrich operates in 37 countries and has 7,900 employees providing excellent service worldwide. We are committed to accelerating our Customers' success through leadership in Life Science, High Technology and Service. For more information about Sigma-Aldrich, please visit our award winning web site at http://www.sigma-aldrich.com.

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