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Laboratory Corporation Of America® Holdings Announces 2012 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results

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During the first three quarters of 2011, the Company recorded restructuring and other special charges of $105.9 million ($66.3 million after tax). The restructuring charges included $18.8 million in net severance and other personnel costs along with $36.7 million in net facility-related costs primarily associated with the ongoing integration of the Clearstone, Genzyme Genetics and Westcliff acquisitions. The special charges also included $34.5 million ($49.5 million, net of previously recorded reserves of $15.0 million) relating to the settlement of the Hunter Labs litigation in California, along with $1.1 million for legal costs associated with the planned acquisition of Orchid Cellmark incurred during the second quarter of 2011, both of which were recorded in Selling, General and Administrative Expenses in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations. The charges also included a $14.8 million write-off of an investment made in a prior year.

For the year ended December 31, 2011, the after tax impact of these combined charges of $116.5 million decreased net earnings by $73.3 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.72 ($73.3 million divided by 101.8 million shares).

3) Following the closing of its acquisition of Orchid Cellmark Inc. (“Orchid”) in mid-December, the Company recorded a net $2.8 million loss on its divestiture of certain assets of Orchid’s U.S. government paternity business, under the terms of the agreement reached with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. This non-deductible loss on disposal was recorded in Other Income and Expense in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and decreased net earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2011, by $2.8 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.03 ($2.8 million divided by 101.0 million shares and $2.8 million divided by 101.8 million shares, respectively).

4) The Company continues to grow its business through acquisitions and uses Adjusted EPS Excluding Amortization as a measure of operational performance, growth and shareholder returns. The Company believes adjusting EPS for amortization provides investors with better insight into the operating performance of the business. For the three months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, intangible amortization was $23.2 million and $21.2 million, respectively ($14.3 million and $12.9 million net of tax, respectively) and decreased EPS by $0.15 ($14.3 million divided by 95.3 million shares) and $0.13 ($12.9 million divided by 101.0 million shares), respectively. For the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, intangible amortization was $86.3 million and $85.8 million respectively ($53.2 million and $52.4 million net of tax, respectively) and decreased EPS by $0.54 ($53.2 million divided by 97.4 million shares) and $0.51 ($52.4 million divided by 101.8 million shares), respectively.

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