PRESS RELEASE: AmerisourceBergen Acquires Bellco Health for $190 Million

AmerisourceBergen Acquires Bellco Health for $190 Million

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. -- Oct 1, 2007 - AmerisourceBergen Corporation today acquired Bellco Health, a privately held distributor of branded and generic pharmaceuticals, for a revised purchase price of approximately $190 million in cash. AmerisourceBergen expects this acquisition will be neutral to diluted earnings per share for fiscal year 2008 and approximately $0.05 accretive to diluted earnings per share in fiscal year 2009.

AmerisourceBergen President and Chief Executive Officer R. David Yost said, "Bellco is a great strategic fit and is a perfect example of our acquisition strategy, which focuses on adding complementary companies in the pharmaceutical supply channel." 

Headquartered in North Amityville, New York, Bellco Health has annualized revenues of approximately $2.0 billion and is a major pharmaceutical distributor in the Metro New York City Area, where it primarily services independent retail community pharmacies. Nationally, the Company markets and sells generic pharmaceuticals to individual retail pharmacies, and provides pharmaceutical products and services to dialysis clinics.

When AmerisourceBergen first announced the proposed acquisition in March 2007, the purchase price was estimated to be $235 million. The price was decreased due to a now resolved regulatory issue and other business matters.

AmerisourceBergen said its diluted earnings per share from continuing operations expectations for fiscal year 2007 remain unchanged in a range of $2.50 to $2.58, including a net benefit of $0.05 from special items. This range reflects the spin off of its institutional pharmacy business, which becomes a discontinued operation for the full year. The Company also remains optimistic about fiscal year 2008 and expects its performance to be in line with its long-term financial goals.

About AmerisourceBergen

AmerisourceBergen is one of the world's largest pharmaceutical services companies serving the United States, Canada and selected global markets. Servicing both pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers in the pharmaceutical supply channel, the Company provides drug distribution and related services designed to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. AmerisourceBergen's service solutions range from pharmacy automation and pharmaceutical packaging to reimbursement and pharmaceutical consulting services. With more than $64 billion in annual revenue, AmerisourceBergen is headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, and employs more than 11,500 people. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #29 on the Fortune 500 list. For more information, go to


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