DENTSPLY Japan comments

March 15, 2011
Company says its Japan-based associates are safe following the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami near Japan's northeastern coast of Honshu.

YORK, Pennsylvania--DENTSPLY International has reported that the company's Japan-based associates are safe following the 2011 massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami near Japan's northeastern coast of Honshu.

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DENTSPLY's primary facilities located in Tokyo and Nasu were not in the immediate area of devastation, and did not sustain substantial damage.

DENTSPLY has several key suppliers in Japan, including two that are located in the affected region. The company has been informed that the employees of these suppliers appear to be safe, and that their facilities did not sustain any serious damage.

One such key supplier, which is the source of product comprising approximately 9% of the company's consolidated net sales in 2010, is located in an evacuation zone. As such, it is not clear when production will resume and product supply will be available from this supplier's facility.

Bret W. Wise, DENTSPLY's chairman and CEO, stated, "Our DENTSPLY associates' safety remains our utmost priority. We are currently assessing the impact that this natural disaster will have on our business and working diligently to minimize any disruption to our employees, customers and business partners. While our global business
has started the year strong and we remain on track to meet our targets for 2011, the negative impact of the situation in Japan is difficult to quantify at this early stage. As such, we are withdrawing our previously issued earnings guidance for 2011 until more information is available. On behalf of the entire company, I would like to express our deepest condolences to all Japanese citizens as they manage through this tragic event."

DENTSPLY is preparing a donation through the International Red Cross to help the Japanese people in this time of distress.

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