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Henry Schein Announces New $500 Million Credit Facility

MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, today announced the closing of a new $500 million revolving credit facility.  This new facility, which matures in September 2017, replaces Henry Schein's current $400 million revolving facility, which was scheduled to mature in September 2013.  J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as Sole Bookrunner and Joint Lead Arranger for the new facility.  HSBC Bank USA, National Association also served as Joint Lead Arranger.

"We are very happy to announce this expanded credit facility at favorable terms," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein.  "This new facility reflects the recognition of Henry Schein's ongoing success and our strong financial results."

Henry Schein plans to use its credit facility for working capital and general corporate purposes, including, but not limited to, capital expenditures, the repurchase of the Company's capital stock and permitted refinancing of existing debt, as well as for funding potential acquisitions.

About Henry Schein, Inc. Henry Schein, Inc. is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners.  The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites.  A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, Henry Schein employs nearly 15,000 Team Schein Members and serves approximately 775,000 customers.

The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care.  Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 90,000 national and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 100,000 additional products available as special-order items.  The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 26 countries.  The Company's sales reached a record $8.5 billion in 2011, and have grown at a compound annual rate of 18 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.  For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web site at www.henryschein.com.

In accordance with the "Safe Harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, we provide the following cautionary remarks regarding important factors that, among others, could cause future results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, expectations and assumptions expressed or implied herein.  All forward-looking statements made by us are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance.  These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance and achievements or industry results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  These statements are identified by the use of such terms as "may," "could," "expect," "intend," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "anticipate" or other comparable terms.

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