Kodak Completes Acquisition of Creo Inc.

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) today announced it has completed its acquisition of Creo Inc., a premier supplier of prepress and workflow systems used by commercial printers around the world. Creo’s extensive solutions portfolio is now part of the Graphic Solutions & Services (GS&S) operating unit within Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group (GCG).

An important milestone in Kodak’s digitally oriented growth strategy, the acquisition of Creo uniquely positions Kodak to be the preferred partner for its customers, helping them improve efficiency, expand their offerings and grow their businesses.

In a transaction valued at approximately US$988 million, Kodak paid US$16.50 per share for all the outstanding shares of Creo, or approximately US$954 million. The value of the transaction also includes Creo’s payment of approximately US$34 million for the cancellation of options prior to the close. For 2005, the acquisition is expected to be modestly dilutive to operational earnings. Kodak expects the acquisition to add approximately $.05 per share to operational earnings in 2006 and to add approximately $700 million in revenue.

Kodak used its bank lines to initially fund the acquisition, with a portion of this debt to be refinanced in the capital markets at a future date.

"The inclusion of Creo — its solutions and its people — into Kodak marks another significant milestone in our journey to become the global leader in graphic communications," said James Langley, President, Graphic Communications Group, and Senior Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. "The addition of a complementary portfolio of leading computer-to-plate equipment, workflow software, prepress, proofing, digital plates, scanning and image capture solutions, in addition to the highly talented Creo team, will make Kodak a stronger partner for our customers."

Creo and GCG Integration
With the acquisition complete, Creo’s operations will be included in the GS&S portfolio. Judi Hess, formerly President, Creo, has joined Kodak and will lead the Workflow & Prepress strategic product group as General Manager and Vice President. Hess will remain based in Vancouver, B.C., which will serve as GCG’s center for prepress and workflow applications. She reports to Jeff Jacobson, Chief Operating Officer, Graphic Communications Group, and President, Graphic Solutions & Services.

Several other senior Creo managers will join Kodak now that the acquisition is complete, including:

– Dan Gelbart is joining Kodak as a Senior Research Fellow and special advisor to Jim Langley.
– Israel Sandler is Managing Director, Europe, Africa and Middle East Region (EAMER).
– Garron Helman is Managing Director, Greater Asia Region (GAR).

"Since the completion of the acquisition of Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) in April, we have made tremendous progress on integration," said Jacobson. "We’ve put a new organizational structure in place, named a strong leadership team, and increased collaboration in sales and service. The completion of the Creo acquisition will only accelerate our integration activities, and allow us to achieve synergies and to offer our customers more and better solutions to help them grow their businesses."

About Eastman Kodak Company
Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, print and view images – for memories, for information, for entertainment. With sales of $13.5 billion in 2004, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on the following businesses: Health – supplying the healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and output products and services; Graphic Communications – offering on-demand color and black and white printing, wide-format inkjet printing, high-speed, high-volume continuous inkjet printing, as well as document scanning, output and storage products and services; Digital & Film Imaging Systems – providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services; and Display & Components – which designs and manufactures state-of-the-art organic light-emitting diode displays as well as other specialty materials, and delivers imaging sensors to original equipment manufacturers. More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.

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