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Lenovo Group Limited and IBM announced the closing of the acquisition of IBM’s Personal Computing Division by Lenovo, creating a new international IT competitor and the third-largest personal computing company in the world.

“The closing of this transaction is an historic event for Lenovo and marks a new era for the global PC industry,” said Yuanqing Yang, chairman of Lenovo. “The new Lenovo’s strategy is based on what our customers want: high-quality products and world-class service. We are committed to delivering the highest quality, most innovative PC products and services to our customers, to providing the best working environment for our employees, and to creating value for our shareholders.”

Lenovo Pays IBM $1.25 Billion

Under the terms of the transaction, Lenovo has paid IBM $1.25 billion, comprised of approximately $650 million in cash and $600 million in Lenovo Group shares, based on the closing price on the last day of trading prior to the December 2004 announcement. IBM’s ownership in Lenovo upon closing is 18.9%. Additionally, Lenovo will assume approximately $500 million of net balance sheet liabilities from IBM.

IBM will record a pre-tax gain on the sale of approximately $1 billion. The gain will be reported when IBM releases its second-quarter 2005 financial results.

The definitive agreement for the acquisition was announced December 8, 2004. Lenovo’s shareholders approved the transaction January 27, 2005. The closing of the transaction represents the completion of all the key terms of the definitive agreement.

IBM’s PC Business Chief to Lead Lenovo

The new Lenovo management team will draw on the strengths of both companies. With the completion of the transaction, Mr. Yang has been named chairman of Lenovo, effective immediately, succeeding Liu Chuanzhi, Lenovo’s founder, who has been named a non-executive director of the board. Mr. Ward, previously IBM senior vice president and general manager of IBM’s Personal Systems Group, has been named chief executive officer of Lenovo and also appointed to its board of directors, effective immediately.

IBM has nominated Robert W. Moffat, Jr. and Henry Chow to sit on the Lenovo board as non-voting observers.

After the private equity transaction closes, three additional, new board members from the strategic investor group will join the board.

Lenovo also announced that Linan Zhu has been appointed as a non-executive director, replacing Maochao Zeng who has resigned from the board.

Lenovo Set to Expand

Lenovo will have combined annual PC revenue of approximately $13 billion and volume of approximately 14 million units.

“We expect to capture synergies starting today through leveraging the complementary nature of Lenovo and PCD’s customer bases, product offerings and geographic coverage while utilizing Lenovo’s highly sophisticated operating platforms,” said Mr. Ward.

Lenovo expects to generate synergies in procurement and marketing expenses, as well as significant medium-term synergies resulting from new market expansion and product launches, manufacturing optimization and supply-chain integration.

IBM and Lenovo will work together in a unique marketing and services alliance, through which Lenovo’s PCs are marketed through IBM’s powerful worldwide distribution and sales network. The new Lenovo will be the preferred supplier of PCs to IBM, which will continue to offer a full range of end-to-end integrated IT solutions to its enterprise and small- and medium-sized business clients. IBM will be the new Lenovo’s preferred supplier of services and financing.

Global Operations

Lenovo’s executive headquarters are in Purchase, New York, with principal operations in Beijing, China and Raleigh, North Carolina, and sales representation worldwide through its own locations, Lenovo Business Partners, and the alliance with IBM. The company employs more than 19 000 people worldwide. Research and development centers are in Beijing, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Chengdu, and Shanghai, China; Tokyo, Japan; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Lenovo’s primary PC manufacturing and assembly facilities are located in Shenzhen, Huiyang, Beijing, and Shanghai, China. Lenovo’s mobile handset assembly facilities are in Xiamen, China. Additional manufacturing and distribution facilities are located in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Scotland, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Japan, and Australia. Lenovo’s extensive PC distribution network includes approximately 4400 retail outlets in China for the consumer business.

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