About The Linde Group
The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 51,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial year, it generated revenue of EUR 13.787 bn. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The Group is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
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1 Operating profit: EBITDA including share of profit or loss from associates and joint ventures.
2 ROCE (return on capital employed) based on the definition given on page 46 of the 2011 Financial Report.
On July 11, 2012, Linde AG and Linde US Inc. (together, "Linde") filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a tender offer statement on Schedule TO and Lincare Holdings Inc. ("Lincare") filed with the SEC a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9, each regarding the tender offer described herein. Lincare's shareholders are strongly advised to read these materials (as updated and amended) because they contain important information that Lincare's shareholders should consider before tendering their shares. These materials and other documents filed by Linde or Lincare with the SEC are available for free at the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov) or by directing a request to either Linde AG, Klosterhofstraße 1, 80331 Munich, Germany or Lincare Holdings Inc., 19387 U.S. 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33764.