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Cardinal Health Completes Acquisition Of The Harvard Drug Group For $1.115 Billion
- Acquisition of $450 million pharmaceutical distributor
- Increases generics scale and reach

DUBLIN, Ohio, July 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardinal Health today announced the completion of the acquisition of The Harvard Drug Group (THDG). A distributor of generic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medications and related products to retail, institutional and alternate care customers, THDG was owned by Court Square Capital Partners. The $1.115 billion acquisition was an all-cash transaction using existing cash and new debt. 

Headquartered in Livonia, Mich., The Harvard Drug Group had revenues of approximately $450 million in 2014. There are 450 employees and two distribution facilities included in the transaction.

In addition to enhancing the company's generic pharmaceutical distribution business, the acquisition expands Cardinal Health's existing telesales programs and capabilities; broadens the company's portfolio of over-the counter pharmaceutical products; and brings specialized packaging offerings to meet the needs of hospital systems and other institutions. 

About Cardinal Health

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $91 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products and services to more than 100,000 locations each day and is also the industry-leading direct-to-home medical supplies distributor. The company is a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company operates the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #26 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs 34,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at www.cardinalhealth.com and Cardinal Health on Twitter.

Cautions Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements addressing Cardinal Health's plans to acquire THDG and other statements about future expectations, prospects, estimates and other matters that are dependent upon future events or developments. These statements may be identified by words such as "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "will," "should," "could," "would," "project," "continue," "likely," and similar expressions, and include statements reflecting future results or guidance, statements of outlook and expense accruals. These matters are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied. These risks and uncertainties include: the ability to retain customers and employees of THDG and to successfully integrate THDG into Cardinal Health's operations; the ability to achieve the expected synergies as well as accretion in earnings from the THDG acquisition; competitive pressures in Cardinal Health's various lines of business; the ability to achieve the expected benefits from the generic sourcing venture with CVS Health; the frequency or rate of pharmaceutical price appreciation or deflation and the timing of generic and branded pharmaceutical introductions; the non-renewal or a default under one or more key customer or supplier arrangements or changes to the terms of or level of purchases under those arrangements; uncertainties due to government health care reform including federal health care reform legislation; changes in the distribution patterns or reimbursement rates for health care products and services; the effects of any investigation or action by any regulatory authority; and changes in the cost of commodities such as oil-based resins, cotton, latex and diesel fuel. Cardinal Health is subject to additional risks and uncertainties described in Cardinal Health's Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K reports and exhibits to those reports. This release reflects management's views as of July 6, 2015. Except to the extent required by applicable law, Cardinal Health undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

 

SOURCE Cardinal Health

For further information: Media: Debbie Mitchell, (614) 757-6225, debbie.mitchell@cardinalhealth.com, Investors: Sally Curley, (614) 757-7115, sally.curley@cardinalhealth.com

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