Corning Incorporated Acquires Axygen BioScience, Inc.
Acquisition to expand Corning’s portfolio of life sciences products and global customer access
CORNING, N.Y., September 16, 2009 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) announced today that it has acquired all the shares of Axygen BioScience, Inc. and its subsidiaries from American Capital Ltd. (Nasdaq:ACAS) for approximately $400 million in cash.
Headquartered in Union City, Calif., Axygen is a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality life sciences plastic consumable labware, liquid handling products, and bench-top laboratory equipment with operations in the United States, France, Poland, and China. Axygen will be integrated into Corning’s Life Sciences segment.
The acquisition supports Corning’s ongoing commitment to supply its customers with a comprehensive and innovative line of laboratory research products by extending its broad array of products. Axygen’s product portfolio of high-quality plastic consumables (including pipettes, pipette tips, and high-throughput screening (HTS) products) and lab equipment (including centrifuges, pipette controllers, and incubators) expands upon and complements the general labware, cell culture, and HTS/Assay products offered today by Corning. In addition, the acquisition enhances Corning’s presence in Asia through Axygen’s two manufacturing locations and increases access to customers in the Asia region.
“Axygen’s product portfolio and established distribution network will significantly strengthen Corning’s life sciences platform and are critical components to our long-term growth strategy for this business,” said Peter F. Volanakis, Corning’s president and chief operating officer. “We believe this highly strategic acquisition offers synergies that will allow us to grow our life sciences business to more than $500 million in revenue by 2011,” he added.
“We are looking forward to working with Axygen’s talented management team, whose leadership and vision have resulted in a set of brands recognized for quality and innovation by customers around the world,” said Mark A. Beck, senior vice president, Corning Life Sciences.
Hemant Gupta, the founder of Axygen, will remain with the business, serving as president and chief executive officer, as will other key personnel of Axygen. Regarding this transaction, Gupta said, “We are very excited to be joining the Corning organization. Corning is a world leader in bringing innovative scientific labware products to market and we are looking forward to making major contributions to the continued success of this well-respected organization.”
Lincoln International, a global mid-market investment bank, acted as financial advisor to Corning.
Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning’s financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political instability or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.
About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.
About American Capital
American Capital is a publicly traded private equity firm and global asset manager. American Capital, both directly and through its asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate and structured products. Founded in 1986, American Capital has $11 billion (as of June 30, 2009) in capital resources under management and 10 offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For further information, please refer to www.AmericanCapital.com.
About Axygen BioScience Inc.
Axygen employs over 1,200 associates serving pharmaceutical, biotech, government, academic, clinical and industrial research customers around the world. The company has successfully commercialized more than 50 new products since 2005, including its MAXYmum Recovery™ product line, which uses a proprietary coating to minimize attachment of fluids or proteins to the sidewalls of plastic consumables. More information about Axygen can be found at www.Axygen.com.
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