Smith & Nephew announces early termination of Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period

Smith & Nephew announces early termination of Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period  PR Newswire  LONDON, March 14, 2014  LONDON, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business, today announces that it and ArthroCare Corporation have received early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, in connection with Smith & Nephew's pending acquisition of ArthroCare. The early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act satisfies one of the conditions for consummation of the transaction.  Smith & Nephew logo.  The transaction remains subject to certain other closing conditions, including approval by ArthroCare stockholders and UK and German regulatory approvals.  Enquiries Investors Phil Cowdy                                 +44 (0) 20 7401 7646 Smith & Nephew Financial Media Charles Reynolds                           +44 (0) 20 7401 7646 Smith & Nephew Andrew Mitchell / Justine McIlroy          +44 (0) 20 7404 5959 Brunswick Trade Media Joe Metzger                                +1 (978) 273 5187 Smith & Nephew Advanced Surgical Devices  Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping healthcare professionals improve people's lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has around 11,000 employees and a presence in more than 90 countries. Annual sales in 2013 were more than $4.3 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN).  For more information about Smith & Nephew, please visit our corporate website www.smith-nephew.com, follow @SmithNephewplc on Twitter or visit SmithNephewplc on Facebook.com  Forward-looking Statements  This document may contain forward-looking statements that may or may not prove accurate. For example, statements regarding expected revenue growth and trading margins, market trends and our product pipeline are forward-looking statements. Phrases such as "aim", "plan", "intend", "anticipate", "well-placed", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "target", "consider" and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from what is expressed or implied by the statements. For Smith & Nephew, these factors include: economic and financial conditions in the markets we serve, especially those affecting health care providers, payers and customers; price levels for established and innovative medical devices; developments in medical technology; regulatory approvals, reimbursement decisions or other government actions; product defects or recalls; litigation relating to patent or other claims; legal compliance risks and related investigative, remedial or enforcement actions; strategic actions, including acquisitions and dispositions, our success in performing due diligence, valuing and integrating acquired businesses; disruption that may result from transactions or other changes we make in our business plans or organisation to adapt to market developments; and numerous other matters that affect us or our markets, including those of a political, economic, business, competitive or reputational nature. Please refer to the documents that Smith & Nephew has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including Smith & Nephew's most recent annual report on Form 20-F, for a discussion of certain of these factors. Any forward-looking statement is based on information available to Smith & Nephew as of the date of the statement. All written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to Smith & Nephew are qualified by this caution. Smith & Nephew does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in circumstances or in Smith & Nephew's expectations.  ™Trademark of Smith & Nephew. Certain marks registered US Patent and Trademark Office.  Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131030/CL06769LOGO  SOURCE Smith & Nephew plc  Website: http://www.smith-nephew.com