Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the Board of Directors has increased the company's quarterly dividend to $0.43 per outstanding share of the company's common stock, up $0.01 from $0.42 per outstanding share paid last quarter. Payment will be made on Jan. 8, 2013, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 17, 2012. “This increase in our dividend reflects our optimism about the future of our business and our commitment to providing value to our shareholders," said Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer of Merck. Merck last announced a dividend increase in November 2011, when the Board raised the dividend from $0.38 to $0.42 per common share. About Merck Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit www.merck.com and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Forward-Looking Statement This news release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the merger between Merck and Schering-Plough, including future financial and operating results, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Merck’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.