Essilor Sells its Stake in Sperian Protection

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 General News J E 4
CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France, May 19, 2010 SperianProtection's Board of Directors agreed this morning to accept Honeywell'svoluntary tender offer to acquire 100% of its capital at a price of EUR117per share.

Essilor has agreed to sell all of its Sperian Protection shares toHoneywell in an off-market transaction, based on the offering price of EUR117per share, subject to certain conditions (approval from the European and USregulatory authorities, as well as the French Ministry of the Economy,Industry and Employment).

The world leader in ophthalmic optical products, Essilor Internationalresearches, develops, manufactures and markets around the world a wide rangeof lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its flagship brands areVarilux(R), Crizal(R), Essilor(R), Definity(R) and Xperio(TM).

Based in France, the company reported consolidated revenue of more thanEUR3.2 billion in 2009, with 34,700 employees and operations in 100 countries.

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The Essilor share trades on the NYSE Euronext Paris market and isincluded in the CAC 40 index.

Codes and symbols: ISIN: FR FR0000121667; Reuters: ESSI.PA; Bloomberg:EI:FP.Investor Relations and Financial Communications Veronique Gillet - Sebastien Leroy Phone: +33-(0)1-49-77-42-16

SOURCE Essilor


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