Additional Information and Where to Find It
This press release may be deemed solicitation material in respect of the proposed acquisition of LHC by UnitedHealth Group. In connection with the proposed acquisition, LHC will file with the SEC and furnish to LHC Group's stockholders a proxy statement and other relevant documents. This communication does not constitute a solicitation of any vote or approval. LHC Group stockholders are urged to read the proxy statement when it becomes available and any other documents to be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed acquisition or incorporated by reference in the proxy statement because they will contain important information about the proposed acquisition.
Investors will be able to obtain, free of charge, the proxy statement and other documents filed with the SEC at the SEC's website at https://www.sec.gov. In addition, the proxy statement and LHC Group's annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 are available free of charge through LHC Group's website at http://investor.lhcgroup.com. as soon as reasonably practicable after they are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain statements, estimates, projections or guidance that constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined under U.S. federal securities laws about the proposed transaction. Generally, the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "plan," "project," "should," "will" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature. These statements are based on current plans, estimates and expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties. We caution that actual results could differ materially from expected results, depending on the outcome of certain factors, including (i) the failure to satisfy the conditions to the completion of the proposed transaction, including approval of the proposed transaction by LHC Group's stockholders and the receipt of regulatory approvals on the terms expected or on the anticipated schedules; (ii) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; (iii) there may be a material adverse effect regarding LHC Group or its business; (iv) the failure to complete or receive the anticipated benefits from the proposed transaction, including due to the failure to successfully integrate the businesses and technologies; (v) revenues following the proposed transaction may be lower than expected; (vi) operating costs, customer loss and business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, payors or joint venture and other partners) may be greater than expected; (vii) the retention of certain key employees at LHC Group; (viii) the parties' ability to meet expectations regarding the timing, completion and accounting and tax treatments of the proposed transaction; (ix) risks related to diverting management attention from ongoing business operations; (x) the risk that any regulatory approval, consent or authorization that may be required for the proposed transaction is not obtained or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; (xi) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against UnitedHealth Group ("UNH") or LHC Group related to the proposed transaction; (xii) there may be changes in economic conditions, financial markets, interest rates, political conditions or changes in federal or state laws or regulations, including inflation, labor shortages and further economic disruption resulting from the war in Ukraine; (xiii) there may be changes in the market price of LHC Group's common stock; (xiv) risks associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other public health crises or large-scale medical emergencies; and (xv) the other factors relating to UNH and LHC Group discussed in "Risk Factors" in their respective Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year and in their other filings with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), which are available at http://www.sec.gov. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may give rise to risks that are currently unknown or amplify the risks associated with many of these factors. Neither UNH nor LHC Group assumes any obligation to update or revise this communication as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by applicable law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.
Participants in Solicitation
LHC Group and its directors and executive officers may be deemed "participants" in the solicitation of proxies from stockholders of LHC Group in favor of the proposed acquisition. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of the LHC Group stockholders in connection with the proposed merger will be set forth in the proxy statement and the other relevant documents to be filed with the SEC. You can find information about LHC Group's executive officers and directors in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 and in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on Schedule 14A on April 27, 2021.
UNH, its directors and executive officers are not soliciting proxies from the stockholders of LHC in connection with the proposed acquisition and are not participants in the solicitation of proxies by LHC. UNH is making this communication for informational purposes only and does not intend to file any communication relating to the proposed acquisition on a proxy statement on Schedule 14A with the SEC.