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Patterson Dental Acquires Regional, Full Service Dental Distributor

Patterson Dental, one of the nation’s largest dental distributors and a unit of Patterson Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq: PDCO), today announced the acquisition of Iowa Dental Supply, LLC (IDS), a full service dental distributor in Des Moines, IA., serving dental practices in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri and Illinois. Terms of the all-cash transaction were not disclosed.

IDS is expected to be modestly accretive to Patterson Dental’s profitability in Patterson’s current fiscal 2013 year.

IDS, with sales of approximately $13 million in calendar 2011, has a long established and highly regarded reputation. The business serves its customers through a sales force consisting of 11 field sales representatives and equipment specialists. Integrating IDS into Patterson Dental is expected to proceed quickly.

Paul A. Guggenheim, Patterson Dental’s president, commented: “We are excited to have Iowa Dental join the Patterson Dental organization. IDS will strengthen the competitive position of Patterson Dental in several of our midwestern markets. This is an extremely well-managed business, and Rick Cacciatore, president of IDS, will become Patterson Dental’s North Central Region Manager, replacing the retiring Rich Kochmann.”

About Patterson Companies, Inc.Patterson Companies, Inc. is a value-added distributor serving the dental, companion-pet veterinarian and rehabilitation supply markets. Dental MarketAs Patterson’s largest business, Patterson Dental provides a virtually complete range of consumable dental products, equipment and software, turnkey digital solutions and value-added services to dentists and dental laboratories throughout North America. Veterinary MarketWebster Veterinary is a leading distributor of consumable veterinary supplies, equipment and software, diagnostic products, vaccines and pharmaceuticals to companion-pet veterinary clinics. Rehabilitation MarketPatterson Medical is the world’s leading distributor of rehabilitation supplies and non-wheelchair assistive patient products to the physical and occupational therapy markets. The unit’s global customer base includes hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and dealers.

This release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are information of a non-historical nature and are subject to risks and uncertainties that are beyond the Company’s ability to control. The Company cautions shareholders and prospective investors that the following factors, among others, may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements: competition within the dental, veterinary, and rehabilitative and assistive living supply industries; changes in the economics of dentistry, including reduced growth in expenditures by private dental insurance plans, the effects of economic conditions and the effects of healthcare reform, which may affect future per capita expenditures for dental services and the ability and willingness of dentists to invest in high-technology products; the effects of healthcare related legislation and regulation which may affect expenditures or reimbursements for rehabilitative and assistive products; changes in the economics of the veterinary supply market, including reduced growth in per capita expenditures for veterinary services and reduced growth in the number of households owning pets; the ability of the Company to maintain satisfactory relationships with its sales force; unexpected loss of key senior management personnel; unforeseen operating risks; risks associated with the dependence on manufacturers of the Company’s products; and the ability of the Company to successfully integrate the recent acquisitions into its existing business. Forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by the cautionary language set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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