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ISS supports Saucony sale to Stride Rite

Sep '05
Broad line of performance-oriented athletic shoes seller Saucony Inc announced Institutional Shareholder Services Inc (ISS), the nation's leading independent proxy advisory firm, has recommended that Saucony shareholders vote FOR the proposed acquisition of Saucony by The Stride Rite Corporation at Saucony's special meeting of stockholders on Friday, September 16, 2005. The recommendations of ISS are relied upon by hundreds of major institutional investment firms, mutual funds, and other fiduciaries throughout the country.

In its report on the proposed Saucony-Stride Rite transaction, ISS stated:

-"They believe that the merger agreement warrants shareholder support."

-"They note that the Company's decision to sell was reached following a lengthy sale process, in which a total of 46 parties were contacted."

Saucony President and Chief Executive Officer John Fisher said, "They are pleased that ISS has recommended that Saucony shareholders approve the proposed acquisition by Stride Rite. This positive recommendation by a well-respected advisory firm underscores the rigorous and deliberative process the Board conducted in reaching the agreement with Stride Rite and the compelling nature of this transaction. The Board encourages all Saucony shareholders to follow the voting recommendations made by ISS and support the merger with Stride Rite."

As previously announced, on June 2, 2005, Saucony and Stride Rite entered into a definitive agreement under which Stride Rite agreed to pay $23 in cash for each outstanding share of Saucony Class A and Class B common stock, or approximately $172 million in aggregate value. Saucony's Board of Directors unanimously recommends that stockholders vote for the proposed acquisition.

Peabody, Massachusetts located Saucony Inc is a leading global supplier of performance athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with its widely recognized brands Saucony, Saucony Originals, Hind and Spot-bilt. All Saucony Inc sports brands develop and manufacture technically advanced products that improvethe performance of active sports participants.

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