Asahi Kasei Announces Completion Of Tender Offer And Commencement Of A Subsequent Offering Period For ZOLL

Asahi Kasei Corporation (TSE1: 3407, hereinafter: Asahi Kasei), Japan’s leading diversified chemical manufacturer with businesses in the health care, chemicals & fibers, homes & construction materials, and electronics sectors, announced today the completion of a tender offer through its indirect wholly owned U.S. subsidiary Asclepius Subsidiary Corporation (hereinafter: Purchaser) for all outstanding shares of common stock of ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ GS: ZOLL, hereinafter: ZOLL) for $93 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes.

The tender offer and withdrawal rights expired at the end of Friday, April 20, 2012, at 12:00 Midnight, New York City time. Computershare Trust Company, N.A., the Depositary and Paying Agent for the tender offer, has advised that, as of the expiration time, approximately 20,916,921 shares (including 3,088,887 shares tendered by notice of guaranteed delivery) were tendered and not withdrawn, representing approximately 93.82% of all outstanding shares of common stock of ZOLL, and 86.08% of common stock of ZOLL calculated on a fully diluted basis. Excluding shares tendered by notices of guaranteed delivery, the validly tendered shares represent approximately 79.97% of the outstanding shares of common stock of ZOLL and approximately 73.37% of the common stock of ZOLL calculated on a fully diluted basis. All shares that were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn have been accepted for purchase. Purchaser will promptly pay for such shares, at the offer price of $93 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes.

Asahi Kasei also announced that Purchaser will provide a subsequent offering period for three (3) business days commencing immediately for all remaining shares of ZOLL common stock to permit shareholders who have not yet tendered their shares the opportunity to do so. This subsequent offering period will expire at 12:00 Midnight, New York City time, at the end of Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The same $93 per share cash consideration offered during the initial offering period will be paid to holders of ZOLL common stock who tender their shares during the subsequent offering period. During the subsequent offering period, tendering shareholders will not have withdrawal rights.

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