About EcolabWith 2011 pro forma sales of $11 billion and more than 40,000 employees, Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. Ecolab delivers comprehensive programs and services to the food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets in more than 160 countries. More Ecolab news and information is available at www.ecolab.com. About Champion Technologies Champion Technologies is a global specialty chemical company with 3,300 employees in more than 30 countries delivering innovative and engineered programs for upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas markets. CorsiTech is a global specialty chemical organization dedicated to meeting and exceeding customers’ technical needs in the drilling, stimulation and completion markets. Webcast Details Ecolab will host a live webcast to review this announcement today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call via telephone, dial 1-888-469-1764 from the U.S./Canada, using the password: Ecolab. The webcast, along with related presentation slides, will be available to the public on Ecolab's website at www.ecolab.com/investor. A replay of the webcast and related materials will be available at that site through October 26, 2012. Listening to the webcast requires Internet access, the Windows Media Player or other compatible streaming media player. Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information This communication contains certain statements relating to future events and our intentions, beliefs, expectations and predictions for the future which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words or phrases such as “will likely result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “we believe,” “we expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “may,” “will,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “target,” “forecast” (including the negative or variations thereof) or similar terminology used in connection with any discussion of future plans, actions or events generally identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding benefits of the Champion acquisition, integration plans and expected synergies, the expected timing of completion of the acquisition, credit ratings impact from the acquisition, future cash flow and debt repayment, anticipated future financial and operating performance and results, including estimated third quarter earnings per share, second half 2012 free cash flow and net income, synergy estimates and timing and benefits of the acquisition, future earnings per share and cash flow accretion, returns of invested capital, debt repayment, stock repurchases, investments and future acquisitions and estimates for growth. These statements are based on the current expectations of management of the company. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements included in this communication. These risks and uncertainties include (i) the risk that the regulatory approvals or clearances required for the acquisition may not be obtained, or that required regulatory approvals may delay the acquisition or result in the imposition of conditions that could have a material adverse effect on the company or cause the company to abandon the acquisition, (ii) the risk that the conditions to the closing of the acquisition may not be satisfied, (iii) the risk that a material adverse change, event or occurrence may affect the company or Champion prior to the closing of the acquisition and may delay the acquisition or cause the company to abandon the acquisition, (iv) problems that may arise in successfully integrating the businesses of the company and Champion, which may result in the combined business not operating as effectively and efficiently as expected, (v) the possibility that the acquisition may involve unexpected costs, unexpected liabilities or unexpected delays, (vi) the risk that the credit ratings of the company may be different from what the company currently expects, (vii) the risk that the businesses of the company or Champion may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the acquisition and (viii) the risk that disruptions from the transaction will harm relationships with customers, employees and suppliers.