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Chemed Corporation Announces Intention to Redeem All Floating Rate Senior Secured Notes Due 2010

CINCINNATI, Jan 19, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Chemed Corporation ("Chemed") (NYSE:CHE) today issued a notice of redemption, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the condition referred to below, to redeem on February 18, 2005, the entire $110 million aggregate principal amount of its Floating Rate Senior Secured Notes due 2010 (the "Notes") pursuant to the terms of its indenture dated February 24, 2004.

Chemed's obligation to redeem any of the Notes is conditioned on Chemed's amending and restating its existing bank credit facility, on or prior to February 18, 2005, to provide for (i) an increase in the aggregate amount of term loans from $35 million to $85 million and (ii) an increase of its revolving credit facility from $100 million to at least $140 million. Accordingly, redemption will not occur, and none of the Notes will be deemed due and payable, on February 18, 2005, unless this condition is satisfied or waived by Chemed.

Listed on the New York Stock Exchange and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Chemed Corporation ( is the nation's largest provider of end-of-life hospice care services through its VITAS Healthcare Corporation subsidiary. Chemed also maintains a presence in the residential and commercial repair-and-maintenance industry through two subsidiaries. Roto-Rooter is North America's largest provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services. Service America Network Inc. provides major-appliance and heating/air conditioning repair, maintenance, and replacement services.

Statements in this press release or in other Chemed communications may relate to future events or Chemed's future performance. Such statements are forward-looking statements and are based on present information Chemed has related to its existing business circumstances. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risk that actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Further, investors are cautioned that Chemed does not assume any obligation to updated forward-looking statements based on unanticipated events or changed expectations.

SOURCE: Chemed Corporation

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