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Abbott to Commence Tender Offer on Jan. 27 for All Outstanding Shares of Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.
Date:1/26/2009

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) will commence tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, a cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. (AMO) for $22 per share. The tender offer will be made pursuant to the terms of the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated Jan. 11, 2009, by and among Abbott, Rainforest Acquisition Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Abbott, and AMO, which Abbott and AMO announced on Jan. 12, 2009.

The consummation of the tender offer will be conditioned on the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of AMO's common stock on a fully diluted basis, as well as receipt of antitrust clearances, and other conditions that will be specified in the offer documents. Following completion of the tender offer and, if required, receipt of stockholder approval, Abbott expects to consummate a merger in which remaining AMO stockholders will receive the same cash price per share as paid in the tender offer.

As part of the transaction with AMO, Abbott has entered into tender and support agreements with ValueAct Capital Master Fund, L.P., ValueAct Capital Master Fund III, L.P., G. Mason Morfit and James V. Mazzo, pursuant to which such stockholders have committed to accept the tender offer and to tender all AMO shares owned by them, which represents approximately 12.5 percent of AMO's outstanding shares on a fully diluted basis.

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Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs more than 68,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

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