|HENRY SCHEIN INC filed this Form 8-K on 09/28/2018|
On September 28, 2018, Henry Schein, Inc. (the Company), Patterson Companies, Inc. and Benco Dental Supply Company signed an agreement to settle the litigation entitled In Re Dental Supplies Antitrust Litigation, No. 1:16-CV-00696-BMC-GRB in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (the Settlement). The Companys portion of the settlement amount, $38.5 million, was previously reported by the Company on August 30, 2018. Although the Company has agreed to settle this matter, it expressly denies the allegations of the complaint and all liability. The Settlement remains subject to approval by the court.
The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K shall not be deemed filed for any purpose, including for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section or incorporated by reference into any filing under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
In accordance with the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, we provide the following cautionary remarks regarding important factors that, among others, could cause future results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, expectations and assumptions expressed or implied herein. All statements that address ongoing litigation matters, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future with respect to litigation matters, including statements relating to pending litigation settlements are forward-looking statements. No assurances can be made that the court will approve the settlement, or that other cases will be settled on satisfactory terms, or will not have a material adverse impact on our financial condition or results of operations. For questions relating to the status of litigation matters other than the matter addressed in this filing, please refer to the Companys litigation disclosure in its most recently-filed quarterly report on Form 10-Q.
All forward-looking statements made by us are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance and achievements or industry results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These statements are identified by the use of such terms as may, could, expect, intend, believe, plan, estimate, forecast, project, anticipate or other comparable terms.
Risk factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current and historical results include, but are not limited to: effects of a highly competitive and consolidating market; our dependence on third parties for the manufacture and supply of our products; our dependence upon sales personnel, customers, suppliers and manufacturers; our dependence on our senior management; fluctuations in quarterly earnings; risks from expansion of customer purchasing power and multi-tiered costing structures; increases in shipping costs for our products or other service issues with our third-party shippers; general global macro-economic conditions; risks associated with currency fluctuations; risks associated with political and economic uncertainty; disruptions in financial markets; volatility of the market price of our common stock; changes in the health care industry; implementation of health care laws; failure to comply with regulatory requirements and data privacy laws; risks associated with our global operations; transitional challenges associated with acquisitions and joint ventures, including the failure to achieve anticipated synergies; financial risks associated with acquisitions and joint ventures; litigation risks; new or unanticipated litigation developments; the dependence on our continued product development, technical support and successful marketing in the technology segment; our dependence on third parties for certain technologically advanced components; increased competition by third party online commerce sites; risks from disruption to our information systems; cyberattacks or other privacy or data security breaches; certain provisions in our governing documents that may discourage third-party acquisitions of us; changes in tax legislation; and risks associated with the ability to consummate the spin-off and merger of our animal health business with Direct Vet Marketing, Inc. (d/b/a Vets First Choice) and the timing of the closing of the transaction, as well as the ability to realize anticipated benefits and synergies of the transaction. The order in which these factors appear should not be construed to indicate their relative importance or priority.
We caution that these factors may not be exhaustive and that many of these factors are beyond our ability to control or predict. Accordingly, any forward-looking statements contained herein should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results. We undertake no duty and have no obligation to update forward-looking statements.