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Kodak to Buy Printer Software Maker Creo Inc.

8 Feb, 2005

Kodak to Buy Printer Software Maker Creo Inc.

Creo Inc. announced that the company has entered into an arrangement agreement to be acquired by Eastman Kodak Company. The acquisition is to be completed by way of a statutory plan of arrangement under which Kodak will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Creo at a cash price of $16.50 per share or approximately $980 million.

“Today we conclude a strategic review process that began last summer,” said Amos Michelson, Creo chief executive officer. “The proposed transaction will not only generate immediate return for Creo shareholders but will also benefit our customers through the combination of leading prepress equipment and consumables. By uniting our strengths, Creo and Kodak can continue to actively drive the evolution of the graphic communications industry while delivering a complete line of the highest-quality, most competitive products and services in our industry. The economy of scale gained by combining resources will allow us to speed up product development and deliver new innovations and breakthrough solutions to the market.”

“Kodak also stands to gain a great deal from this transaction,” continued Mr. Michelson, “including a pipeline of promising products from Creo’s leading research and development organization, direct access to the largest installed base of computer-to-plate (CTP) and workflow systems in the world, and access to our extremely loyal and supportive customer base.”

The boards of directors of Kodak and Creo have approved the proposed transaction, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including shareholder approval and receipt of customary regulatory and court approvals. A meeting of Creo shareholders to approve the transaction is expected to be held on March 29, 2005. The board of directors of Creo recommends that shareholders vote in favor of the proposed transaction.

“This transaction represents the culmination of an extensive process. The special committee of independent directors of Creo and its financial advisors canvassed all available options to maximize value for Creo shareholders,“ said Ken Spencer, chair of the special committee. “We are pleased that Creo's success has been recognized by one of the world's leading imaging companies.”

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