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.

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The transaction remains subject to certain other closing conditions, including
approval by ArthroCare stockholders and UK and German regulatory approvals.

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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).

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