VWR International, Inc. Acquires Bie & Berntsen A-S, Denmark
WEST CHESTER, PA, June 20, 2007 – VWR International, Inc., a leading supplier to the global research laboratory industry, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bie & Berntsen A-S, a Danish scientific laboratory supply distributor. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approval(s). The transaction is expected to be completed by July 2, 2007. Bie & Berntsen is one of Denmark’s largest suppliers of chemical and laboratory equipment with 90 employees, all based in Denmark. The Company has annual revenues of approximately $27 million US dollars. Manuel Brocke-Benz, VWR Senior Vice President and Managing Director of European operations, said, “The combination of VWR International and Bie & Berntsen is a perfect fit. VWR’s expertise in chemicals, consumables and life science products, combined with Bie & Berntsen’s emphasis on instruments, equipment and technical service, will enhance our product and service offerings to our customers and provide an even more attractive platform for our suppliers. We are excited that a company with such a long tradition in Denmark and with a very strong management team is joining our organization to provide best in class service to our combined customer base.” Søren Kirkegaard, Managing Director of Bie & Berntsen, will remain with the business and join the VWR management team. Mr. Kirkegaard commented: “We’re very pleased to be working with the VWR management team. Our breadth of product offerings will be a significant complement to VWR’s existing product base. Joining VWR makes us a true one-stop-supplier, capable of servicing the needs of all our customers better and more efficiently. We will continue to conduct our business with a commitment to quality and personal service. This transaction is a strategically important one for us and will enhance our product offerings for our customers in Denmark.” About Bie & Berntsen A-S Founded in 1922 as a family owned and operated business, Denmark-based Bie & Berntsen is a distributor of laboratory equipment, chemicals and consumables. Today, Bie & Berntsen offers a wide portfolio of value-added services in addition to product distribution. The Company’s services include technical training and consultancy services, product servicing, calibration and repair and custom-made chemical products for the pharmaceutical, biotech, healthcare and environmental segments servicing both customers in the public and private sectors. About VWR International, Inc. VWR International is a leader in the global research laboratory industry with worldwide sales in excess of $3 billion US dollars. VWR’s business is highly diversified across products and services, geographic regions and customer segments. The Company offers products from a wide range of manufacturers, to a large number of customers primarily in North America, Europe and other locations. VWR’s principal customers are major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, technology, clinical, food processing and consumer product companies, universities and research institutes, governmental agencies, environmental testing organizations, and primary and secondary schools. VWR distributes a diversified product mix, including chemicals, glassware and plasticware, equipment and instruments, furniture, protective apparel, production and safety products, and other life science and laboratory products and supplies. VWR supports its customers by providing storeroom management, product procurement, supply chain systems integration, technical services and laboratory bench top delivery. VWR maintains operations in over 20 countries and employs over 6,000 people worldwide. VWR International is headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania. VWR-G For more information on VWR International, phone 1-800-932-5000, visit www.vwr.com, or write, VWR International, Inc., 1310 Goshen Parkway, P.O. Box 2656, West Chester, PA 19380-0906. VWR and design are registered trademarks of VWR International, Inc.