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Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp.
Integra LifeSciences' JARIT Surgical Instruments Awarded Surgical Instrument Agreements by Premier, Inc.
PLAINSBORO, N.J., Jan. 16, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq:IART) today announced that Premier Inc. (Premier) has selected JARIT(R) Surgical Instruments as a national supplier under two surgical instrument contracts. These 36-month contracts, which are included in multi-source awards, are effective February 1, 2004. The contracts provide an opportunity for Integra to increase its customer base for general (open) and minimally invasive (endoscopic) surgical instruments and offer Integra the potential to increase surgical instrument sales to Premier member hospitals and other Premier-affiliated health care facilities that are already Integra customers.
Pricer Wins Carrefour Contract
UPPSALA, Sweden, Jan. 16, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Pricer AB (publ) has won the tender for ESL systems (Electronic Shelf Label) by French retail group Carrefour S.A. The contract comes after one year of careful and thorough evaluation by Carrefour including three pilot installations with various suppliers. The expected value of the deliveries will be in the range of 100 million SEK. Installations will be completed during 2004.
Head N.V. Announces its Subsidiary's Issue of 125 Million Guaranteed Senior Notes
ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, Jan. 16, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Head N.V. (NYSE:HED) (VSX:HEAD), a leading global manufacturer and marketer of sports equipment, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary HTM Sport- und Freizeitgerte AG ("HTM") intends to offer unsecured senior notes guaranteed by Head N.V. and certain of its subsidiaries. The final size of the transaction, which will be determined at the time of pricing, is expected to be 125 million.
WM-data Has 91.5% in Novo Group -- Commencing Mandatory Redemption Offer
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 16, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- WM-data will on January 27, 2004, commence a mandatory redemption offer for the remaining shares and stock options of Novo Group, in accordance with Finnish regulation. The offer period is expected to run during January, 27 -- February 27, 2004. In the redemption offer, Novo Group shareholders will be offered the same cash consideration as was offered in the preceding tender offer i.e. EUR 4.50 per share (after deduction of the dividend distributed by Novo Group). WM-data will also offer a cash consideration for the stock options amounting to a total of approximately EUR 1.8 million. As of today WM-data owns 91.5% of the total outstanding shares and votes in Novo Group.
ASM International NV
ASM International N.V. Fourth Quarter Orders Exceeding Expectations
BILTHOVEN, The Netherlands, Jan. 16, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- ASM International N.V. (Nasdaq:ASMI) (Euronext Stock Exchange in Amsterdam:ASM) said today that its 2003 fourth quarter order intake was Euro 245 million, 87% ahead of the third quarter's actual order intake of Euro 131 million and the highest level of quarterly new orders since the 3rd quarter of 2000. Both Front-end and Back-end operations recorded significant bookings increases in the fourth quarter. The Company stated that the improved and accelerating level of activity is encouraging for ASMI's performance in 2004. More information about ASMI's bookings will be provided by the Company when it reports 2003 consolidated operating results on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 and in its investor conference call/web cast on Wednesday, February 25, 2004.
Hudson's Grill International, Inc.
Hudson's Grill Announces a Franchise Agreement with SYH Asbury, LLC
DALLAS, Jan. 15, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Hudson's Grill International, Inc., (OTCBB:HGIIA) based in Dallas, Texas, announced today that it had signed a franchise agreement with SYH Asbury, LLC, an Iowa limited liability company. Susan Heim and her family are the principals behind SYH Asbury, which is currently scheduled to open a new Hudson's Grill restaurant during the last quarter of 2004 or the first quarter of 2005. The restaurant will be in a free standing building located at a new shopping development called Asbury Plaza, in Dubuque, Iowa.