SOURCE: The Clorox Company

September 23, 2011 18:00 ET

Clorox Confirms Withdrawal of Icahn Nominees

OAKLAND, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 23, 2011) - The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) today issued the following statement in response to a 13D filing by Carl Icahn.

High River Limited Partnership, an affiliate of Icahn Enterprises L.P., has withdrawn its slate of nominees for The Clorox Company board of directors. Therefore, the company will not be engaged in a proxy contest this year. Under the current Clorox board's leadership and the company's Centennial Strategy, Clorox has generated superior returns for stockholders relative to the company's peer group and the S&P 500 since the start of the global recession.[1] We are confident our Centennial Strategy, including our focus on consumer megatrends, positions Clorox to continue to generate significant returns for stockholders. The board and management team wish to thank our stockholders for their continued support.

[1] Clorox's total stockholder return was 43 percent versus 10 percent for the S&P 500 and 34 percent for the company's comprehensive consumer-packaged-goods peer group since the start of the global recession. Total stockholder return is stock price appreciation plus dividends from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2011. Peer companies: An average of 18 consumer packaged goods companies, including Clorox, used for financial benchmarking purposes.

The Clorox Company
The Clorox Company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer products with 8,100 employees and fiscal year 2011 revenues of $5.2 billion. Clorox markets some of consumers' most trusted and recognized brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products, Green Works® naturally derived home care products, Pine-Sol® cleaners, Poett® home care products, Fresh Step® cat litter, Kingsford® charcoal, Hidden Valley® and K C Masterpiece® dressings and sauces, Brita® water-filtration products, Glad® bags, wraps and containers, and Burt's Bees® natural personal care products. Nearly 90 percent of Clorox Company brands hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories. The company's products are manufactured in more than two dozen countries and sold in more than 100 countries. Clorox is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where its employees work and live. Founded in 1980, The Clorox Company Foundation has awarded cash grants totaling more than $84 million to nonprofit organizations, schools and colleges. In fiscal year 2011 alone, the foundation awarded $4 million in cash grants, and Clorox made product donations valued at $13 million. For more information about Clorox, visit

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