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Abbott Labs Board Approves Separation Of Pharmaceuticals Business AbbVie

Abbott Laboratories (ABT) announced Wednesday that its board has approved the separation of its research-based pharmaceuticals business, which will be known as AbbVie Inc., and declared a special dividend distribution of all of the outstanding shares of AbbVie common stock.

For every 1 share of Abbott common shares held, Abbott shareholders will receive 1 share of AbbVie common stock. No fractional shares of AbbVie will be issued. Shareholders will receive cash in lieu of fractional shares, the company said.

The special dividend distribution is expected to be paid on January 1, 2013, to Abbott shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 12, 2012.

Abbott noted that the distribution of AbbVie common stock will complete the separation of the research-based pharmaceuticals business from Abbott. After the distribution, AbbVie will be an independent, publicly-traded company and Abbott will retain no ownership interest.

AbbVie common stock is expected to begin trading on January 2, 2013, on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol ABBV. Abbott will continue to trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol ABT.

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