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Sanofi-aventis to Acquire Chattem Inc., Creating a Strong U.S. Consumer Healthcare Platform
Date:12/21/2009

PARIS and CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sanofi-aventis (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) and Chattem, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTT) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which sanofi-aventis is to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Chattem in a cash tender offer for $93.50 per share, or approximately $1.9 billion. The transaction will create the world's fifth-largest consumer healthcare company measured by product revenues by combining Chattem's position as a leading U.S. consumer healthcare company with sanofi-aventis' strong international presence in the sector.

Over-the-counter ("OTC") and consumer brands are core growth platforms identified in sanofi-aventis' broader strategy for achieving sustainable growth. Although the Group will generate around 1.4 billion euros worldwide in OTC sales in 2009, it has thus far not been directly present in the United States.

Chattem is approximately 130 years old and is a leading manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer healthcare products, toiletries and dietary supplements across niche market segments in the United States. Chattem has regularly demonstrated its ability to sustain regular growth, both in terms of sales and profit, through the development of its own brands and the successful integration of acquired products. Chattem's well known brands include Gold Bond®, Icy Hot®, ACT®, Cortizone-10®, Selsun Blue® and Unisom®.

Sanofi-aventis also announced today that it will seek to convert its antihistamine brand known as Allegra® (fexofenadine HCl) in the United States from a prescription medicine to an OTC product. Allegra® is a well recognized brand
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