ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Ecolab Inc. announced that it continues to be in active and ongoing
discussions with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of
Justice (DOJ) regarding Ecolab's filing under the Hart-Scott-Rodino
Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the "HSR Act") with respect to
Ecolab's previously announced agreement to acquire Champion
Technologies. Further, Ecolab and Champion have entered into a timing
agreement with the DOJ to extend the waiting period under the HSR Act
for the DOJ's review of the transaction until February 28, 2013.
Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
commented on the announcement saying, "We have worked hard with the DOJ
to resolve the remaining issues regarding our transaction.
Unfortunately, given the short time remaining in the year, it has become
clear we are unlikely to finalize the work with the DOJ by year-end. We
have entered into the timing agreement and continue to believe that we
can successfully come to an agreement with the DOJ and close in early
While Ecolab remains confident that it can address the DOJ's remaining
issues, it of course remains possible that the transaction will not be
completed on the timing discussed or at all.
With 2011 pro forma sales of $11 billion and more than 40,000 employees,
Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and
energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water,
safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. Ecolab delivers
comprehensive programs and services to the food, energy, healthcare,
industrial and hospitality markets in more than 160 countries.
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generally identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking
statements include, but are not limited to, resolution of issues raised
by the Department of Justice and the expected completion of the Champion
acquisition. These statements are based on the current expectations of
management of the company. There are a number of risks and uncertainties
that could cause actual results to differ materially from the
forward-looking statements included in these communications. These risks
and uncertainties include (i) the risk that the regulatory approvals or
clearances required for the Champion acquisition, including under the
HSR Act, may not be obtained, or that required regulatory approvals may
delay the Champion acquisition or result in the imposition of conditions
that could have a material adverse effect on the company or cause the
company to abandon the Champion acquisition, (ii) the risk that the
conditions to the closing of the Champion Merger may not be satisfied,
(iii) the risk that a material adverse change, event or occurrence may
affect the company or acquired companies prior to the closing of the
Champion acquisition and may delay the Champion acquisition or cause the
company to abandon the Champion acquisition.
Other unknown or unpredictable factors could also have material adverse
effects on future results, performance or achievements of the company,
the acquired companies and the combined business. For a further
discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to the
company, see the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 2011 and the company's subsequent reports filed with the
SEC. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors,
the forward-looking events discussed in this communication may not
occur. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these
forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this
communication. The company does not undertake, and expressly disclaims,
any duty to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of
new information, future events, changes in expectations or otherwise,
except as required by law.
Source: Ecolab Inc.
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