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Danaher to Acquire Beckman Coulter, Inc.
Date:2/7/2011

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Beckman Coulter, Inc. (NYSE: BEC), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing, and Danaher, a diversified technology leader that designs, manufactures, and markets innovative products and services to professional, medical, industrial, and commercial customers, announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Danaher will acquire all of Beckman Coulter's outstanding common stock for $83.50 per share in cash (without interest), representing an approximate 45% premium over the closing price of Beckman Coulter's common stock on December 9, 2010 before rumors of an acquisition entered the marketplace.  The transaction is valued at approximately $6.8 billion, including debt assumed and net of cash acquired.

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An affiliate of Danaher is expected to commence a tender offer (the "Offer") for all of Beckman Coulter's outstanding common stock within the next seven business days and will remain open for a minimum of 20 business days following commencement of the Offer.  The Offer is expected to be conditioned upon, among others, at least a majority of the outstanding Beckman Coulter shares being tendered, as well as the satisfaction of other customary conditions.  The transaction is structured as a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Beckman Coulter followed by a merger.  Approval of the transaction by Danaher shareholders is not required.  The transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2011.  

Bob Hurley, Beckman Coulter's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Following a very comprehensive and competitive process,
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