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Covidien Completes Acquisition of Somanetics Corporation

DUBLIN, Jul 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Somanetics Corporation for an aggregate consideration of approximately $250 million, net of cash and short-term investments acquired.

Pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, Covidien DE Corp., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Covidien, exercised its option to purchase newly issued shares from Somanetics at the tender offer price of $25.00 per share. Following the purchase, Covidien DE Corp. owned sufficient shares to effect a short-form merger with and into Somanetics, which then became an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Covidien. Thereafter, Somanetics common shares ceased to be traded on the NASDAQ Global Market.

About Covidien

Covidien is a leading global healthcare products company that creates innovative medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers value through clinical leadership and excellence. Covidien manufactures, distributes and services a diverse range of industry-leading product lines in three segments: Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Supplies. With 2009 revenue of $10.7 billion, Covidien has 42,000 employees worldwide in more than 60 countries, and its products are sold in over 140 countries. Please visit www.covidien.com to learn more about our business.

SOURCE: Covidien

Covidien
Eric Kraus, 508-261-8305
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
eric.kraus@covidien.com
or
Bruce Farmer, 508-452-4372
Vice President
Public Relations
bruce.farmer@covidien.com
or
Coleman Lannum, CFA, 508-452-4343
Vice President
Investor Relations
cole.lannum@covidien.com
or
Brian Nameth, 508-452-4363
Director
Investor Relations
brian.nameth@covidien.com