SOURCE: MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc.

June 25, 2008 09:00 ET

MWI Enters Into Letter of Intent to Purchase AAHA MARKETLink, and a Long-Term Sponsorship and Licensing Agreement With American Animal Hospital Association

MERIDIAN, ID--(Marketwire - June 25, 2008) - MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. ("MWI" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: MWIV) announced today that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to purchase substantially all of the assets of AAHA Services Corporation, operating as AAHA MARKETLink, for a cash purchase price of $10 million, and to simultaneously enter into a long-term sponsorship and licensing agreement between MWI and American Animal Hospital Association ("AAHA"). The Company currently expects to commence logistics on behalf of AAHA MARKETLink on July 1, 2008 and to enter into a definitive agreement and close the transaction by July 15, 2008. The proposed acquisition is subject to the negotiation and execution of a definitive asset purchase agreement containing terms and conditions customary for a transaction of this nature.

Based in Lakewood, Colorado, AAHA MARKETLink has twelve years of history selling animal health products to veterinary practices that are members of AAHA. AAHA MARKETLink had total revenues of approximately $40 million for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2007.

Jim Cleary, President and Chief Executive Officer of MWI, commented: "The American Animal Hospital Association is a very important organization that provides valuable services and information to the veterinary profession. We are excited about our relationship with AAHA, our acquisition of AAHA MARKETLink, and providing AAHA members with a high-level of customer service from MWI's thirteen distribution centers and over 300 MWI sales representatives."

John Albers, DVM, AAHA Executive Director, commented: "We are very pleased to be entering into this relationship with MWI, and believe that all AAHA members will benefit from the enhanced quality of services that will result."

The American Animal Hospital Association is a professional association of over 6,000 veterinary practices in the U.S. AAHA accredits veterinary practices that demonstrate compliance with AAHA Standards, and is a leader in education and practice management services.

MWI is a distributor of animal health products to veterinarians across the United States of America. Products MWI sells include pharmaceuticals, vaccines, parasiticides, diagnostics, capital equipment, supplies, veterinary pet food and nutritional products. We market these products to veterinarians in both the companion animal and production animal markets. For more information about MWI, please visit our website at For investor relations information please contact Mary Pat Thompson, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer at (208) 955-8930 or email

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Contact Information

  • For investor relations information please contact:

    Mary Pat Thompson
    Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial
    (208) 955-8930
    Email Contact