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Exhibit 99.1

LOGO

                        , 2012

Dear Abbott Laboratories Shareholder:

        In October 2011, we announced plans to separate into two leading, publicly traded health care companies—one in diversified medical products and the other in research-based pharmaceuticals. I'm pleased to report that we're on track to meet our goal of completing the separation by the end of 2012.

        The Abbott name will remain with the diversified medical products company, which will consist of our existing businesses in medical devices, nutritional products, diagnostics, and branded-generic pharmaceuticals sold outside the United States. AbbVie is the new name of our research-based pharmaceutical company, which will include Abbott's current portfolio of proprietary pharmaceuticals and biologics.

        The separation of our company into two distinct investment identities reflects long-term changes in the health care market that have led us over time to create distinctly different business models for these two businesses. Acknowledging this evolution by separating them into independent companies will allow each to more effectively pursue its own strategies, and for both to be more effectively valued by investors.

        Both companies will have everything needed to be leaders in their respective industries on day one of independent operation. Both will be Fortune 200 companies with global infrastructure, leading products, and promising research and development pipelines. They will have strong balance sheets and significant cash flow. Both are expected to pay a dividend. We expect that both companies will receive strong credit ratings.

        They'll be different in important ways, as well. AbbVie is a higher-margin business, with a more intense research focus. A majority of its business is concentrated in developed markets. Abbott will retain a diverse portfolio of health care products and is expected to have a relatively higher growth rate as more of its business is in emerging markets, which are generally faster-growing than developed markets. But these attributes aren't mutually exclusive. The Abbott businesses are also research-driven and have attractive margin profiles; and AbbVie will continue to be strong around the world, including in emerging markets.

        The separation will provide current Abbott shareholders with ownership interests in both Abbott and AbbVie. The company expects to receive a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service acknowledging that the separation will be tax-free to Abbott shareholders. However, any cash you receive in lieu of fractional shares generally will be taxable to you.

        The separation will be in the form of a pro rata distribution of all of the outstanding shares of AbbVie common stock to holders of Abbott common shares. Each Abbott shareholder will receive        share[s] of AbbVie common stock for each Abbott common share held on                        , 2012, the record date for the distribution. You don't need to take any action to receive shares of AbbVie common stock to which you are entitled as an Abbott shareholder. In addition, you don't need to pay any consideration or surrender or exchange your Abbott common shares.

        I encourage you to read the attached information statement, which is being provided to all holders of Abbott shares as of                        , 2012. The information statement describes the separation in detail and contains important business and financial information about AbbVie.

        As ever, we remain committed to working on your behalf to continue to build long-term shareholder value. This step is a positive one for our businesses, our shareholders, and for all the people we serve.

    Sincerely,

 

 

Miles D. White
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Abbott Laboratories

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ABBVIE LOGO

                        , 2012

Dear Future AbbVie Shareholder:

        It's a great pleasure to welcome you as a future shareholder of our new company, AbbVie, which will soon begin independent operation as an already-established health care industry leader in proprietary pharmaceuticals and biologics.

        AbbVie will be a global, research-based pharmaceutical company with a sustainable portfolio of market-leading products, including such brands as HUMIRA, Lupron, Synagis, Kaletra, Creon and Synthroid. For our longer-term future, we've built a pipeline of new specialty medicines and formulations, including more than 20 new compounds or indications in Phase II or III development across such important medical specialties as immunology, renal care, Hepatitis C, women's health, oncology, and neuroscience, including multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's diseases. We also have a number of new clinical indications in development for our market-leading anti-TNF biologic, HUMIRA.

        AbbVie's business model is distinctly different from Abbott's diversified model. The driver of our success will be the development and commercialization of new pharmaceutical and biologics—discovered or developed in our own laboratories or by others. As a result of the separation, our shareholders will be able to evaluate the distinct merits, performance, and future prospects of AbbVie.

        I encourage you to learn more about AbbVie by reading the attached information statement. AbbVie intends to apply to have its common stock authorized for listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "        ."

        Our new company has a new name, of course. But it's a name that connects us to the great heritage of Abbott, with its almost 125 years of experience, tradition, and success. We're very proud of our enduring connection to Abbott's great history, and excited about the equally great future we see ahead of us.

        We at AbbVie have been given a unique opportunity to create a new company with an equally strong heritage of success. We intend to make the absolute most of it—for the sake of all the people who depend upon us: our patients, our customers, and you, our fellow shareholders.

    Sincerely,

 

 

Richard A. Gonzalez
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
AbbVie Inc.

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Information contained herein is subject to completion or amendment. A Registration Statement on Form 10 relating to these securities has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO COMPLETION, DATED JUNE 4, 2012

INFORMATION STATEMENT

AbbVie Inc.

        This information statement is being furnished in connection with the distribution by Abbott Laboratories (Abbott) to its shareholders of all of the outstanding shares of AbbVie Inc. (AbbVie) common stock, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abbott that will hold directly or indirectly the assets and liabilities associated with Abbott's research-based pharmaceuticals business. To implement the distribution, Abbott will distribute all of the shares of AbbVie common stock on a pro rata basis to the Abbott shareholders in a manner that is intended to be tax-free in the United States.

        For every common share of Abbott held of record by you as of the close of business on                        , 2012, the record date for the distribution, you will receive         share[s] of AbbVie common stock. You will receive cash in lieu of any fractional shares of AbbVie common stock that you would have received after application of the above ratio. As discussed under "The Separation and Distribution—Trading Between the Record Date and Distribution Date," if you sell your Abbott common shares in the "regular-way" market after the record date and before the distribution, you also will be selling your right to receive shares of AbbVie common stock in connection with the separation. We expect the shares of AbbVie common stock to be distributed by Abbott Laboratories to you on        . We refer to the date of the distribution of the AbbVie common stock as the "distribution date."

        No vote of Abbott shareholders is required for the distribution. Therefore, you are not being asked for a proxy, and you are requested not to send Abbott a proxy, in connection with the distribution. You do not need to pay any consideration, exchange or surrender your existing Abbott common shares or take any other action to receive your shares of AbbVie common stock.

        There is no current trading market for AbbVie common stock, although we expect that a limited market, commonly known as a "when-issued" trading market, will develop on or shortly before the record date for the distribution, and we expect "regular-way" trading of AbbVie common stock to begin on the first trading day following the completion of the distribution. AbbVie intends to apply to have its common stock authorized for listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol "        ."

        In reviewing this information statement, you should carefully consider the matters described under the caption "Risk Factors" beginning on page 15.



        Neither the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved these securities or determined if this information statement is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.



        This information statement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.

        The date of this information statement is                        , 2012.

        This information statement was first mailed to Abbott shareholders on or about                        , 2012.


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Questions and Answers about the Separation and Distribution

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Information Statement Summary

    8  

Summary Historical and Unaudited Pro Forma Combined Financial Information

    13  

Risk Factors

    15  

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

    33  

Dividend Policy

    34  

Capitalization

    35  

Unaudited Pro Forma Combined Financial Statements

    36  

Selected Historical Combined Financial Data

    41  

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

    42  

Business

    65  

Management

    83  

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

    89  

Executive Compensation

    102  

Certain Relationships and Related Person Transactions

    121  

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

    122  

The Separation and Distribution

    123  

AbbVie's Relationship with Abbott Following the Distribution

    128  

Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences

    135  

Description of Material Indebtedness

    138  

Description of AbbVie's Capital Stock

    139  

Where You Can Find More Information

    143  

Index to Financial Statements

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Presentation of Information

        Except as otherwise indicated or unless the context otherwise requires, the information included in this information statement about AbbVie assumes the completion of all of the transactions referred to in this information statement in connection with the separation and distribution. Unless the context otherwise requires, references in this information statement to "AbbVie" and "the company" refer to AbbVie Inc., a Delaware corporation, and its combined subsidiaries. References to AbbVie's historical business and operations refer to the business and operations of Abbott's research-based pharmaceutical products business that will be transferred to AbbVie in connection with the separation and distribution. References in this information statement to "Abbott" and "Abbott Laboratories" refer to Abbott Laboratories, an Illinois corporation, and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context otherwise requires.


Trademarks, Trade Names and Service Marks

        AbbVie owns or has rights to use the trademarks, service marks and trade names that it uses in conjunction with the operation of its business. Some of the more important trademarks that AbbVie owns or has rights to use that appear in this information statement include: Aluvia®, AndroGel®, Biaxin®, Creon®, Duodopa®, HUMIRA®, Kaletra®, Lucrin®, Lupron®, Lupron Depot®, Niaspan®, Norvir®, Sevorane®, Simcor®, Synagis®, Synthroid®, TriCor®, Trilipix®, Ultane®, and Zemplar®, which may be registered or trademarked in the United States and other jurisdictions. AbbVie's rights to some of these trademarks may be limited to select markets. Each trademark, trade name or service mark of any other company appearing in this information statement is, to AbbVie's knowledge, owned by such other company.

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE SEPARATION AND DISTRIBUTION

What is AbbVie and why is Abbott
separating AbbVie's business and
distributing AbbVie's stock?

  AbbVie currently is a wholly owned subsidiary of Abbott that was formed to hold Abbott's research-based pharmaceuticals business. The separation of AbbVie from Abbott and the distribution of AbbVie common stock are intended to provide you with equity investments in two separate companies that will be able to focus on each of their respective businesses. Abbott and AbbVie expect that the separation will result in enhanced long-term performance of each business for the reasons discussed in the sections entitled "The Separation and Distribution—Background" and "The Separation and Distribution—Reasons for the Separation."

Why am I receiving this document?

 

Abbott is delivering this document to you because you are a holder of Abbott common shares. If you are a holder of Abbott common shares on                        , 2012, you are entitled to receive         share[s] of AbbVie common stock for each Abbott common share that you held at the close of business on such date. This document will help you understand how the separation and distribution will affect your investment in Abbott and your investment in AbbVie after the separation.

How will the separation of AbbVie from
Abbott work?

 

To accomplish the separation, Abbott will distribute all of the outstanding shares of AbbVie common stock to Abbott shareholders on a pro rata basis as a distribution.

Why is the separation of AbbVie
structured as a distribution?

 

Abbott believes that a tax-free distribution of shares in the United States of AbbVie to the Abbott shareholders is an efficient way to separate its research-based pharmaceuticals business in a manner that will create long-term value for Abbott, AbbVie and their respective shareholders.

What is the record date for the
distribution?

 

The record date for the distribution will be                        , 2012.

When will the distribution occur?

 

It is expected that all of the shares of AbbVie common stock will be distributed by Abbott on        , to holders of record of Abbott common shares at the close of business on                    , 2012, the record date.

What do shareholders need to do to
participate in the distribution?

 

Shareholders of Abbott as of the record date will not be required to take any action to receive AbbVie common stock in the distribution, but you are urged to read this entire information statement carefully. No shareholder approval of the distribution is required. You are not being asked for a proxy. You do not need to pay any consideration, exchange or surrender your existing Abbott common shares or take any other action to receive your shares of AbbVie common stock. Please do not send in your Abbott stock certificates. The distribution will not affect the number of outstanding Abbott shares or any rights of Abbott shareholders, although it will affect the market value of each outstanding Abbott common share.

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You can request a certificate for all or a portion of your shares of AbbVie common stock by contacting                  by telephone at                  , on the Internet at www.                  .com or by sending a written request to                  ,                  .

How will shares of AbbVie common
stock be issued?

 

You will receive shares of AbbVie common stock through the same channels that you currently use to hold or trade Abbott common shares, whether through a brokerage account, 401(k) plan or other channel. Receipt of AbbVie shares will be documented for you in the same manner that you typically receive shareholder updates, such as monthly broker statements and 401(k) statements.

 

If you own Abbott common shares as of the close of business on the record date, including shares owned in certificate form or through the Abbott Laboratories dividend reinvestment plan, Abbott, with the assistance of        , the settlement and distribution agent, will electronically distribute shares of AbbVie common stock to you or to your brokerage firm on your behalf by way of direct registration in book-entry form.        will mail you a book-entry account statement that reflects your shares of AbbVie common stock, or your bank or brokerage firm will credit your account for the shares. Following the distribution, shareholders whose shares are held in book-entry form may request the delivery of physical stock certificates for their shares or that their shares of AbbVie common stock held in book-entry form be transferred to a brokerage or other account at any time, without charge.

How many shares of AbbVie common
stock will I receive in the
distribution?

 

Abbott will distribute to you        share[s] of AbbVie common stock for each common share of Abbott held by you as of the record date. Based on approximately         billion Abbott common shares outstanding as of        , a total of approximately         billion shares of AbbVie common stock will be distributed. For additional information on the distribution, see "The Separation and Distribution."

Will AbbVie issue fractional shares of its
common stock in the distribution?

 

No. AbbVie will not issue fractional shares of its common stock in the distribution. Fractional shares that Abbott shareholders would otherwise have been entitled to receive will be aggregated and sold in the public market by the distribution agent. The aggregate net cash proceeds of these sales will be distributed pro rata (based on the fractional share such holder would otherwise be entitled to receive) to those shareholders who would otherwise have been entitled to receive fractional shares. Recipients of cash in lieu of fractional shares will not be entitled to any interest on the amounts of payment made in lieu of fractional shares.

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What are the conditions to the
distribution?

 

The distribution is subject to a number of conditions, including, among others:

 

the making of a cash distribution of $         from AbbVie to Abbott prior to the distribution and the determination by Abbott in its sole discretion that following the separation it will have no further liability or obligation whatsoever under the credit facility or any of the other financing arrangements that AbbVie will be entering into in connection with the separation;

 

the receipt of a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to the effect that, among other things, the distribution will qualify as a transaction that is tax-free for U.S. federal income tax purposes under Sections 355 and 368(a)(1)(D) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), and certain transactions related to the transfer of assets and liabilities to AbbVie in connection with the separation will not result in the recognition of any gain or loss to Abbott, AbbVie or their shareholders, and such private letter ruling shall not have been revoked or modified in any material respect;

 

the receipt of an opinion from tax counsel to Abbott to the effect that the contribution and distribution will qualify as a transaction that is described in Sections 355(a) and 368(a)(1)(D) of the Code;

 

the receipt of an opinion from        or another independent financial advisor to the board of directors of Abbott confirming the solvency and financial viability of Abbott before the distribution and each of Abbott and AbbVie after the distribution that is in form and substance acceptable to Abbott in its sole discretion;

 

the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) declaring effective the registration statement of which this information statement forms a part, and the mailing of the information statement to Abbott shareholders;

 

no order, injunction, or decree issued by any court of competent jurisdiction or other legal restraint or prohibition preventing the consummation of the separation, distribution or any of the related transactions shall be in effect;

 

the shares of AbbVie common stock to be distributed shall have been accepted for listing on the NYSE, subject to official notice of distribution; and

 

no other event or development existing or having occurred that, in the judgment of Abbott's board of directors, in its sole discretion, makes it inadvisable to effect the separation, distribution and other related transactions.

  Abbott and AbbVie cannot assure you that any or all of these conditions will be met. In addition, Abbott can decline at any time to go forward with the separation. For a complete discussion of all of the conditions to the distribution, see "The Separation and Distribution—Conditions to the Distribution."

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What is the expected date of completion
of the separation?

 

The completion and timing of the separation are dependent upon a number of conditions. It is expected that the shares of AbbVie common stock will be distributed by Abbott after the close of trading on         to the holders of record of Abbott common shares at the close of business on the record date. However, no assurance can be provided as to the timing of the separation or that all conditions to the separation will be met.

Can Abbott decide to cancel the
distribution of AbbVie common stock
even if all the conditions have been
met?

 

Yes. The distribution is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions. See the section entitled "The Separation and Distribution—Conditions to the Distribution." Until the distribution has occurred, Abbott has the right to terminate the distribution, even if all of the conditions are satisfied.

What if I want to sell my Abbott
common stock or my AbbVie common
stock?

 

You should consult with your financial advisors, such as your stockbroker, bank or tax advisor.

What is "regular-way" and
"ex-distribution" trading of Abbott
stock?

 

Beginning on or shortly before the record date and continuing up to and through the distribution date, it is expected that there will be two markets in Abbott common shares: a "regular-way" market and an "ex-distribution" market. Abbott common shares that trade in the "regular-way" market will trade with an entitlement to shares of AbbVie common stock distributed pursuant to the distribution. Shares that trade in the "ex-distribution" market will trade without an entitlement to shares of AbbVie common stock distributed pursuant to the distribution.

 

If you decide to sell any Abbott common shares before the distribution date, you should make sure your stockbroker, bank or other nominee understands whether you want to sell your Abbott common shares with or without your entitlement to AbbVie common stock pursuant to the distribution.

Where will I be able to trade shares of
AbbVie common stock?

 

AbbVie intends to apply to list its common stock on the NYSE under the symbol "        ." AbbVie anticipates that trading in shares of its common stock will begin on a "when-issued" basis on or shortly before the record date and will continue up to and through the distribution date and that "regular-way" trading in AbbVie common stock will begin on the first trading day following the completion of the separation. If trading begins on a "when-issued" basis, you may purchase or sell AbbVie common stock up to and through the distribution date, but your transaction will not settle until after the distribution date. AbbVie cannot predict the trading prices for its common stock before, on or after the distribution date.

What will happen to the listing of Abbott
common shares?

 

Abbott common shares will continue to trade on the NYSE after the distribution.

Will the number of Abbott common
shares that I own change as a result
of the distribution?

 

No. The number of Abbott common shares that you own will not change as a result of the distribution.

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Will the distribution affect the market
price of my Abbott shares?

 

Yes. As a result of the distribution, Abbott expects the trading price of Abbott common shares immediately following the distribution to be lower than the "regular-way" trading price of such shares immediately prior to the distribution because the trading price will no longer reflect the value of the research-based pharmaceuticals business held by AbbVie. Abbott believes that over time following the separation, assuming the same market conditions and the realization of the expected benefits of the separation, the Abbott common shares and the AbbVie common stock should have a higher aggregate market value as compared to what the market value of Abbott common shares would be if the separation and distribution did not occur. There can be no assurance, however, that such a higher aggregate market value will be achieved. This means, for example, that the combined trading prices of one Abbott common share and         share[s] of AbbVie common stock after the distribution may be equal to, greater than or less than the trading price of one Abbott common share before the distribution.

What are the material U.S. federal
income tax consequences of the
contribution and the distribution?

 

It is a condition to the completion of the distribution that Abbott receive a private letter ruling from the IRS to the effect that, among other things, the contribution and the distribution will qualify as a transaction that is tax-free for U.S. federal income tax purposes under Sections 355 and 368(a)(1)(D) of the Code and that such ruling shall not have been revoked or modified in any material respect. In addition, it is a condition to the completion of the distribution that Abbott receive an opinion from outside tax counsel to the effect that the contribution and the distribution will qualify as a transaction that is described in Sections 355(a) and 368(a)(1)(D) of the Code. Under the private letter ruling from the IRS, the contribution and the distribution will qualify as a reorganization for U.S. federal income tax purposes under Section 355 and Section 368(a)(1)(D) of the Code, and accordingly, no gain or loss will be recognized by Abbott in connection with the contribution and distribution and, except with respect to cash received in lieu of a fractional share of AbbVie common stock, no gain or loss will be recognized by you, and no amount will be included in your income, upon the receipt of shares of AbbVie common stock in the distribution for U.S. federal income tax purposes. You will, however, recognize gain or loss for U.S. federal income tax purposes with respect to cash received in lieu of a fractional share of AbbVie common stock. For more information regarding the private letter ruling and the potential U.S. federal income tax consequences to Abbott and to you of the contribution and the distribution, see the section entitled "Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences."

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How will I determine my tax basis in
the AbbVie shares I receive in the
distribution?

 

For U.S. federal income tax purposes, your aggregate basis in the common shares that you hold in Abbott and the new AbbVie common stock received in the distribution (including any fractional share interest in AbbVie common stock for which cash is received) will equal the aggregate basis in the Abbott common shares held by you immediately before the distribution, allocated between your Abbott common shares and the AbbVie common stock (including any fractional share interest in AbbVie common stock for which cash is received) you receive in the distribution in proportion to the relative fair market value of each on the distribution date.

 

You should consult your tax advisor about the particular consequences of the distribution to you, including the application of these tax basis allocation rules and the application of state, local and foreign tax laws.

What will AbbVie's relationship be with
Abbott following the separation?

 

AbbVie will enter into a separation and distribution agreement with Abbott to effect the separation and provide a framework for AbbVie's relationship with Abbott after the separation. In addition, AbbVie will enter into other agreements with Abbott, including transition services agreements, a tax sharing agreement, an international commercial operations agreement, manufacture and supply agreements, an employee matters agreement, a special products master agreement, intellectual property license agreements, an information technology agreement and certain other commercial agreements. These agreements will provide for the separation between AbbVie and Abbott of the assets, employees, liabilities and obligations (including its investments, property and employee benefits and tax-related assets and liabilities) of Abbott and its subsidiaries attributable to periods prior to, at and after AbbVie's separation from Abbott and will govern the relationship between AbbVie and Abbott subsequent to the completion of the separation. For additional information regarding the separation and distribution agreement and other transaction agreements, see the sections entitled "Risk Factors—Risks Related to the Separation" and "AbbVie's Relationship with Abbott Following the Distribution."

Who will manage AbbVie after the
separation?

 

AbbVie benefits from having in place a management team with an extensive background in the research-based pharmaceuticals business. Led by Richard A. Gonzalez, who will be AbbVie's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer after the separation, AbbVie's management team possesses deep knowledge of, and extensive experience in, its industry. AbbVie's management team also includes William J. Chase, Timothy J. Richmond and Laura J. Schumacher, who have all held senior positions of responsibility at Abbott. For more information regarding AbbVie's management, see "Management."

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Are there risks associated with owning
AbbVie common stock?

 

Yes. Ownership of AbbVie common stock is subject to both general and specific risks relating to AbbVie's business, the industry in which it operates, its ongoing contractual relationships with Abbott and its status as a separate, publicly traded company. Ownership of AbbVie common stock is also subject to risks relating to the separation. These risks are described in the "Risk Factors" section of this information statement beginning on page 15. You are encouraged to read that section carefully.

Does AbbVie plan to pay dividends?

 

AbbVie currently expects that it will initially pay a regular cash dividend. However, the declaration and payment of any dividends in the future by AbbVie will be subject to the sole discretion of its board of directors and will depend upon many factors. See "Dividend Policy."

Who will be the distribution agent,
transfer agent, registrar and
information agent for the AbbVie
common stock?

 

The distribution agent, transfer agent and registrar for the AbbVie common stock will be        . For questions relating to the transfer or mechanics of the stock distribution, you should contact:

 

        

 

If your shares are held by a bank, broker or other nominee, you may call the information agent for the distribution,     , toll free at        .

Where can I find more information
about Abbott and AbbVie?

 

Before the distribution, if you have any questions relating to Abbott's business performance, you should contact:

 

Abbott Laboratories
Investor Relations
100 Abbott Park Road
Abbott Park, Illinois 60064-6400
Tel: 847-937-6100
www.abbottinvestor.com

 

After the distribution, AbbVie shareholders who have any questions relating to AbbVie's business performance should contact AbbVie at:

 

AbbVie Inc.
Investor Relations
1 North Waukegan Road
North Chicago, Illinois 60064
Tel: 847-937-6100
www.                .com

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INFORMATION STATEMENT SUMMARY

        The following is a summary of material information discussed in this information statement. This summary may not contain all the details concerning the separation or other information that may be important to you. To better understand the separation and AbbVie's business and financial position, you should carefully review this entire information statement. Except as otherwise indicated or unless the context otherwise requires, the information included in this information statement assumes the completion of all the transactions referred to in this information statement in connection with the separation and distribution. Unless the context otherwise requires, references in this information statement to "AbbVie" and "the company" refer to AbbVie Inc. and its combined subsidiaries. References in this information statement to "Abbott" and "Abbott Laboratories" refer to Abbott Laboratories, an Illinois corporation, and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context otherwise requires.

        This information statement describes the businesses to be transferred to AbbVie by Abbott in the separation as if the transferred businesses were AbbVie's business for all historical periods described. References in this information statement to AbbVie's historical assets, liabilities, products, businesses or activities of AbbVie's business are generally intended to refer to the historical assets, liabilities, products, businesses or activities of the transferred businesses as the businesses were conducted as part of Abbott and its subsidiaries prior to the separation.

AbbVie

        AbbVie is a research-based pharmaceutical company with a broad and sustainable portfolio of market-leading proprietary pharmaceuticals and biologics sold worldwide. AbbVie products are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn's disease, HIV, cystic fibrosis complications, low testosterone, thyroid disease, Parkinson's disease, and complications associated with chronic kidney disease, among other indications. AbbVie also has a pipeline of promising new medicines, including more than 20 compounds or indications in Phase II or Phase III development across such important medical specialties as immunology, renal care, Hepatitis C, women's health, oncology, and neuroscience, including multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's diseases. After the separation, AbbVie will be a Fortune 200 company.

        In 2011, AbbVie generated revenue of approximately $17.4 billion, growing 11.6 percent from 2010, with net earnings of $3.4 billion. AbbVie's revenues are generated worldwide, with approximately 55 percent of 2011 revenue generated in the United States, approximately 31 percent in the European Union and other developed markets, and approximately 14 percent in emerging markets. AbbVie has a strong portfolio of marketed products led by HUMIRA. HUMIRA is approved for six indications in the United States and seven in the European Union, and is also in development for a number of additional indications. Since the launch of HUMIRA in 2003, AbbVie has successfully grown worldwide sales of this product to approximately $7.9 billion in 2011.

        AbbVie's principal products are:

    HUMIRA, for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and Crohn's disease as well as ulcerative colitis in the European Union;

    Kaletra, also marketed as Aluvia, and Norvir for the treatment of HIV infection;

    Lupron, also marketed as Lucrin, and Lupron Depot, used for the palliative treatment of advanced prostate cancer, treatment of endometriosis and central precocious puberty, and for the preoperative treatment of patients with anemia caused by uterine fibroids;

    Synagis, for the prevention of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV);

    AndroGel, for the treatment of adult males who have low testosterone;

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    the anesthesia product sevoflurane (sold under the trademarks Ultane and Sevorane);

    Zemplar, for the prevention and treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism associated with Stage 3, 4, or 5 chronic kidney disease;

    Synthroid, for the treatment of hypothyroidism;

    Creon, for the treatment of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency associated with several underlying conditions, including cystic fibrosis and chronic pancreatitis; and

    TriCor, Trilipix, Simcor, and Niaspan, for the treatment of dyslipidemia.

AbbVie has the rights to sell AndroGel, Synthroid, Creon, TriCor, Trilipix and Niaspan only in the United States. AbbVie has the rights to sell sevoflurane for human use worldwide.

AbbVie's Strengths

        AbbVie possesses a number of competitive advantages that distinguish the company from its competitors, including:

        Portfolio of leading products.    AbbVie has a strong portfolio of products led by its market leading biologic, HUMIRA. HUMIRA is approved for six indications in the United States and seven in the European Union, and is also in development for a number of additional indications. AbbVie has leading market positions in several treatment areas including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn's disease, HIV, cystic fibrosis complications, low testosterone, and thyroid disease. These treatment areas have significant growth potential driven by a number of factors, including increasing prevalence and diagnosis, demographics, and market penetration. AbbVie's products demonstrate strong clinical performance for the patient and economic value for the payor.

        Broad pipeline of small molecule drugs and biologics targeting areas of unmet medical need.    Building and advancing AbbVie's existing product pipeline is a key driver to future growth. For example, bardoxolone methyl is currently in Phase III development as a novel treatment for chronic kidney disease. AbbVie's interferon-free HCV regimen, which is expected to begin Phase III trials in 2013, has the potential to shorten and simplify treatment and increase cure rates, and daclizumab is in Phase III development as a promising treatment for multiple sclerosis.

        Worldwide commercial infrastructure and opportunity for continued geographic penetration and expansion.    In 2011, AbbVie's products were sold in more than 170 countries. AbbVie has strong and extensive sales, marketing, and distribution organizations around the world to support its products. In 2011, AbbVie had sales of approximately $7.7 billion outside of the United States, including sales to emerging markets of approximately $2.4 billion, or 14 percent, of sales. Continued penetration of HUMIRA and other products will help drive growth in markets worldwide.

        Strong cash flow.    In 2011, AbbVie generated approximately $6.2 billion in operating cash flow and spent approximately $0.4 billion on capital expenditures. AbbVie anticipates that its business will continue to generate stable cash flow going forward, which would allow the company to continue to invest in its pipeline and return cash to stockholders in the form of dividends.

        Experienced management team with track record of successful performance.    AbbVie's management team has a strong track record of performance and execution. Richard A. Gonzalez, who has served as Executive Vice President of Abbott's Pharmaceutical Products Group since 2010, will be AbbVie's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Gonzalez has served more than 30 years in various capacities at Abbott, including as President and Chief Operating Officer. William J. Chase, who has served more than 20 years in various capacities at Abbott, including as Abbott's Vice President, Licensing and Acquisitions since 2010 and as Abbott's Treasurer, will be AbbVie's Chief Financial Officer. Laura J. Schumacher, who has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and

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Corporate Secretary of Abbott, with additional responsibility for Abbott's licensing and acquisitions function and its Office of Ethics and Compliance, will be AbbVie's General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Ms. Schumacher has served over 20 years at Abbott and was head of Abbott's litigation department before being appointed General Counsel. Timothy J. Richmond, who has served more than 5 years at Abbott, most recently as Divisional Vice President of Compensation and Benefits, will be Chief Human Resources Officer of AbbVie's Human Resources department.

AbbVie's Strategies

        AbbVie is seeking to grow its business by, among other things:

        Expanding HUMIRA sales.    AbbVie expects to continue to drive strong HUMIRA sales growth in two ways. First, AbbVie is seeking to expand patients' use of its biologic, HUMIRA. Worldwide use of biologics in applicable populations continues to be low, ranging from mid-single digits in moderate to severe plaque psoriasis to the mid-20s for conditions such as moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis and moderate to severe Crohn's disease. AbbVie believes that there is significant room for increasing clinically appropriate use across all of HUMIRA's therapeutic areas, particularly in international markets. By encouraging early diagnosis and proper use of HUMIRA for clinically appropriate patients, AbbVie intends to increase the number of patients who use HUMIRA to treat their autoimmune conditions. Second, AbbVie is seeking to expand the HUMIRA patient base by applying for regulatory approval of new indications for HUMIRA, treating conditions such as axial and peripheral spondyloarthritis and uveitis.

        Advancing the pipeline.    AbbVie's goal is to bring to market products that demonstrate strong clinical performance for patients and economic value for payors. The company's pipeline includes both small molecules and targeted biologic therapies, and a mix of new compounds and new indications. The company has more than 20 compounds or indications in Phase II or III development individually and under collaboration or license agreements. From 2013 through 2016, AbbVie anticipates new product launches, including: AbbVie's interferon-free regimen for the treatment of HCV; bardoxolone methyl, which is being developed as a novel treatment for chronic kidney disease; daclizumab, a monoclonal antibody for the treatment of multiple sclerosis; elotuzumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody for the treatment of multiple myeloma; and new indications for HUMIRA.

        Expanding its presence in emerging markets.    AbbVie plans to continue making investments in key emerging markets, including Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Russia, and Turkey. Continued penetration by HUMIRA and other leading products is expected to help drive growth in these markets.

        Managing the product portfolio to maximize value.    AbbVie plans to continue its investment in products with durable sales, while making adjustments as necessary to increase the value of its product portfolio. AbbVie will achieve this objective in a variety of ways depending on product and circumstances by, for example, identifying supply chain efficiencies, pursuing additional indications, and optimizing residual value as products reach the end of exclusivity. AbbVie believes that its approach will allow the company to maintain a strong operating margin on existing products.

Risks Associated with AbbVie's Business

        An investment in AbbVie common stock involves risks associated with its business. It is also subject to risks relating to the separation. Following the separation, AbbVie will also be subject to risks associated with being an independent, publicly traded company. Please read carefully the information set forth described under "Risk Factors."

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The Separation and Distribution

        On October 19, 2011, Abbott announced that it intended to separate its research-based pharmaceuticals business from the remainder of its business, including its medical devices, nutritional products, diagnostics, and branded generic pharmaceuticals (sold outside the United States) businesses.

        On                        , 2012, the Abbott board of directors approved the distribution of all of AbbVie's issued and outstanding shares of common stock on the basis of         share[s] of AbbVie common stock for each Abbott common share held on the record date.

    AbbVie's Post-Separation Relationship with Abbott

        AbbVie will enter into a separation and distribution agreement with Abbott, which we refer to in this information statement as the "separation agreement" or the "separation and distribution agreement." In connection with the separation, AbbVie will enter into various other agreements to effect the separation and provide a framework for its relationship with Abbott after the separation. These other agreements will include transition services agreements, a tax sharing agreement, an international commercial operations agreement, manufacture and supply agreements, an employee matters agreement, a special products master agreement, intellectual property license agreements, an information technology agreement and certain other commercial agreements. These agreements will provide for the allocation between AbbVie and Abbott of Abbott's assets, employees, liabilities and obligations (including its investments, property and employee benefits and tax-related assets and liabilities) attributable to periods prior to, at and after AbbVie's separation from Abbott and will govern certain relationships between AbbVie and Abbott after the separation. For additional information regarding the separation agreement and other transaction agreements, see the sections entitled "Risk Factors—Risks Related to the Separation" and "AbbVie's Relationship with Abbott Following the Distribution."

    Reasons for the Separation

        The Abbott board of directors believes that separating the research-based pharmaceuticals business from the remainder of Abbott is in the best interests of Abbott and its shareholders for a number of reasons, including that:

    The investment identities of Abbott and AbbVie have evolved independently over time. The separation will allow investors to separately value Abbott and AbbVie based on their unique investment identities, including the merits, performance and future prospects of their respective businesses. The separation will also provide investors with two distinct and targeted investment opportunities.

    The separation will allow each business to more effectively pursue its own distinct operating priorities and strategies, which have diverged over time, and will enable the management of both companies to pursue unique opportunities for long-term growth and profitability.

    The separation will permit each company to concentrate its financial resources solely on its own operations, providing greater flexibility to invest capital in its business in a time and manner appropriate for its distinct strategy and business needs. This will facilitate a more efficient allocation of capital.

    The separation will create an independent equity structure that will afford AbbVie direct access to capital markets and facilitate the ability to capitalize on its unique growth opportunities and effect future acquisitions utilizing its common stock.

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and one-time separation costs, but concluded that the potential benefits of the separation outweighed these factors. For more information, see the sections entitled "The Separation and Distribution—Reasons for the Separation" and "Risk Factors" included elsewhere in this information statement.

Corporate Information

        AbbVie Inc. was incorporated in Delaware on April 10, 2012 for the purpose of holding Abbott's research-based pharmaceuticals business in connection with the separation and distribution described herein. Prior to the contribution of this business to AbbVie, which will occur over a period of several months prior to the distribution, AbbVie will have no operations. The address of AbbVie's principal executive offices is 1 North Waukegan Road, North Chicago, Illinois 60064. AbbVie's telephone number is 847-937-6100.

        AbbVie also maintains an Internet site at                        . AbbVie's website and the information contained therein or connected thereto shall not be deemed to be incorporated herein, and you should not rely on any such information in making an investment decision.

Reason for Furnishing this Information Statement

        This information statement is being furnished solely to provide information to shareholders of Abbott who will receive shares of AbbVie common stock in the distribution. It is not and is not to be construed as an inducement or encouragement to buy or sell any of AbbVie's securities. The information contained in this information statement is believed by AbbVie to be accurate as of the date set forth on its cover. Changes may occur after that date and neither Abbott nor AbbVie will update the information except in the normal course of their respective disclosure obligations and practices.

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SUMMARY HISTORICAL AND UNAUDITED PRO FORMA
COMBINED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

        The following table sets forth summary historical financial information for the periods indicated below. The summary balance sheet data as of December 31, 2011 and 2010 and the summary statement of earnings data for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010, and 2009 have been derived from AbbVie's audited combined financial statements which are included elsewhere in this information statement. The summary balance sheet data as of December 31, 2009 have been derived from AbbVie's unaudited combined financial statements that are not included in this information statement. The summary balance sheet data as of March 31, 2012 and the summary statement of earnings data for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 are derived from AbbVie's unaudited condensed interim financial statements which are included elsewhere in this information statement. The summary balance sheet data as of March 31, 2011 is derived from AbbVie's unaudited condensed financial statements which are not included in this information statement.

        The summary financial information may not be indicative of AbbVie's future performance as an independent company. It should be read in conjunction with the discussion in "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," the unaudited pro forma combined financial statements and corresponding notes, the audited combined financial statements and corresponding notes and the unaudited interim combined financial statements and corresponding notes included elsewhere in this information statement.

        The pro forma data for the periods ended March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 assume that the separation occurred as of January 1, 2011. The pro forma balance sheet assumes that the separation occurred as of March 31, 2012. The pro forma adjustments are based upon available information and assumptions that AbbVie believes are reasonable. The summary unaudited pro forma condensed financial information is for illustrative and informational purposes only and does not purport to represent what the financial position or results of operations would have been if AbbVie had operated as an independent company during the periods presented or if the transactions described therein had actually occurred as of the date indicated, nor does it project the financial position at any future date or the results of operations for any future period. Please see the notes to the unaudited pro forma combined financial statements included elsewhere in this information statement for a discussion of adjustments reflected in the pro forma combined financial statements.

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  For the Three Months Ended March 31,   For the Years Ended December 31,  
 
  Pro
Forma
2012
  2012   2011   Pro
Forma
2011
  2011   2010   2009  
 
  (dollars and shares in millions; except earnings per share amounts)
 

Combined Statement of Earnings Data:

                                           

Net Sales

  $            $ 4,173   $ 3,897   $            $ 17,444   $ 15,638   $ 14,214  

Costs and Expenses:

                                           

Cost of products sold

                 1,156     1,208                  4,639     4,293     4,056  

Research and development

                 642     587                  2,618     2,495     1,707  

Acquired in-process research and development

                 150     100                  673     313     170  

Selling, general and administrative

                 1,247     1,178                  5,894     3,820     3,349  

Interest Expense

                                               

Net foreign exchange loss (gain)

                 10     (13 )                (30 )   (30 )   19  

Other (income) expense, net

                 (38 )   (21 )                (18 )   (89 )   (1,037 )
                               

Earnings before taxes

                 1,006     858                  3,668     4,836     5,950  

Taxes on earnings

                 123     135                  235     658     1,314  
                               

Net earnings

                 883     723                  3,433     4,178     4,636  
                               

Earnings per common share:

                                           

Basic

                 N/A     N/A                  N/A     N/A     N/A  

Diluted

                 N/A     N/A                  N/A     N/A     N/A  

Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:

                                           

Basic

                 N/A     N/A                  N/A     N/A     N/A  

Diluted

                 N/A     N/A                  N/A     N/A     N/A  

 

 
  As of March 31,    
   
   
   
 
 
   
  As of December 31,  
 
  Pro
Forma
2012
   
   
   
 
 
  2012   2011    
  2011   2010   2009  
 
  (dollars in millions)
 

Combined Balance Sheet Data:

                                           

Total assets

  $            $ 18,962   $ 21,408         $ 19,657   $ 21,135   $ 15,858  

Long-term debt

                                        

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RISK FACTORS

        You should carefully consider the following risks and other information in this information statement in evaluating AbbVie and AbbVie's common stock. Any of the following risks could materially and adversely affect AbbVie's results of operations or financial condition. The risk factors generally have been separated into three groups: risks related to AbbVie's business, risks related to the separation and risks related to AbbVie's common stock.

Risks Related to AbbVie's Business

The expiration or loss of patent protection and licenses may adversely affect AbbVie's future revenues and operating income.

        AbbVie relies on patent, trademark and other intellectual property protection in the discovery, development, manufacturing, and sale of its products. In particular, patent protection is, in the aggregate, important in AbbVie's marketing of pharmaceutical products in the United States and most major markets outside of the United States. Patents covering AbbVie products normally provide market exclusivity, which is important for the profitability of many of AbbVie's products.

        As patents for certain of its products expire, AbbVie will or could face competition from lower priced generic products. The expiration or loss of patent protection for a product typically is followed promptly by substitutes that may significantly reduce sales for that product in a short amount of time. If AbbVie's competitive position is compromised because of generics or otherwise, it could have a material adverse effect on AbbVie's business. In addition, proposals emerge from time to time for legislation to further encourage the early and rapid approval of generic drugs. Any such proposals that are enacted into law could worsen the effect of generic competition.

        AbbVie's principal patents and trademarks are described in greater detail in the sections captioned "Business—Intellectual Property Protection and Regulatory Exclusivity" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Results of Operations," and litigation regarding these patents is described in the section captioned "Business—Legal Proceedings." The U.S. composition of matter patent for HUMIRA, which is AbbVie's largest selling product and had worldwide sales of approximately $7.9 billion in 2011, is expected to expire in December 2016, and the equivalent European Union patent is expected to expire in the majority of EU countries in April 2018. Because HUMIRA is a biologic and biologics cannot be readily substituted, it is uncertain what impact the loss of patent protection would have on the sales of HUMIRA.

AbbVie's major products could lose patent protection earlier than expected, which could adversely affect AbbVie's future revenues and operating income.

        Third parties or government authorities may challenge or seek to invalidate or circumvent AbbVie's patents and patent applications. For example, manufacturers of generic pharmaceutical products file, and may continue to file, Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDA) with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking to market generic forms of AbbVie's products prior to the expiration of relevant patents owned or licensed by AbbVie by asserting that the patents are invalid or not infringed.

        Although most of the challenges to AbbVie's intellectual property have come from other businesses, governments may also challenge intellectual property protections. For example, court decisions and potential legislation relating to patents, such as legislation regarding biosimilars, and other regulatory initiatives may result in further erosion of intellectual property protection. In addition, certain governments outside the United States have indicated that compulsory licenses to patents may be sought to further their domestic policies or on the basis of national emergencies, such as HIV/AIDS.

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If triggered, compulsory licenses could diminish or eliminate sales and profits from those jurisdictions and negatively affect AbbVie's results of operations.

        AbbVie normally responds to challenges by vigorously defending its patents, including by filing patent infringement lawsuits. Patent litigation and other challenges to AbbVie's patents are costly and unpredictable and may deprive AbbVie of market exclusivity for a patented product. To the extent AbbVie's intellectual property is successfully challenged or circumvented or to the extent such intellectual property does not allow AbbVie to compete effectively, AbbVie's business will suffer. To the extent that countries do not enforce AbbVie's intellectual property rights or require compulsory licensing of AbbVie's intellectual property, AbbVie's future revenues and operating income will be reduced.

A third party's intellectual property may prevent AbbVie from selling its products or have a material adverse effect on AbbVie's future profitability and financial condition.

        Third parties may claim that an AbbVie product infringes upon their intellectual property. Resolving an intellectual property infringement claim can be costly and time consuming and may require AbbVie to enter into license agreements. AbbVie cannot guarantee that it would be able to obtain license agreements on commercially reasonable terms. A successful claim of patent or other intellectual property infringement could subject AbbVie to significant damages or an injunction preventing the manufacture, sale, or use of the affected AbbVie product or products. Any of these events could have a material adverse effect on AbbVie's profitability and financial condition.

Any significant event that adversely affects HUMIRA revenues could have a material and negative impact on AbbVie's results of operations and cash flows.

        HUMIRA generates approximately 45 percent of AbbVie's sales. Any significant event that adversely affects HUMIRA's revenues could have a material adverse impact on AbbVie's operations and cash flows. These events could include increased costs associated with manufacturing HUMIRA, the approval of biosimilars of HUMIRA, the discovery of previously unknown side effects or impaired efficacy, increased competition from the introduction of new, more effective or less expensive treatments, and discontinuation or removal from the market of HUMIRA for any reason.

        The U.S. composition of matter patent for HUMIRA is expected to expire in December 2016, and the equivalent European Union patent for HUMIRA is expected to expire in the majority of EU countries in April 2018. Because HUMIRA is a biologic and biologics cannot be readily substituted, it is uncertain what impact the loss of patent protection would have on the sales of HUMIRA.

AbbVie's research and development efforts may not succeed in developing commercially successful products and technologies, which may cause its revenue and profitability to decline.

        To remain competitive, AbbVie must continue to launch new products and new indications and/or brand extensions for existing products, and such launches must generate revenue sufficient both to cover its substantial research and development costs and to replace sales of profitable products that are lost to or displaced by competing products or therapies. Failure to do so would have a material adverse effect on AbbVie's revenue and profitability. Accordingly, AbbVie commits substantial effort, funds, and other resources to research and development and must make ongoing substantial expenditures without any assurance that its efforts will be commercially successful. A high rate of failure is inherent in the research and development of new products, and failure can occur at any point in the research and development process, including after significant funds have been invested.

        Decisions about research studies made early in the development process of a pharmaceutical product candidate can affect the marketing strategy once such candidate receives approval. More detailed studies may demonstrate additional benefits that can help in the marketing, but they also

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consume time and resources and may delay submitting the pharmaceutical product candidate for approval. AbbVie cannot guarantee that a proper balance of speed and testing will be made with respect to each pharmaceutical product candidate or that decisions in this area would not adversely affect AbbVie's future results.

A portion of AbbVie's near-term pharmaceutical pipeline relies on collaborations with third parties, which may adversely affect the development and sale of its products.

        AbbVie depends on alliances with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies for a portion of the products in its near-term pharmaceutical pipeline, as described in the "Business—Advancing Pharmaceutical Pipeline" section. Failure by these parties to meet their contractual, regulatory, or other obligations to AbbVie, or any disruption in the relationships between AbbVie and these third parties, could have an adverse effect on AbbVie's pharmaceutical pipeline and business. In addition, AbbVie's collaborative relationships for research and development extend for many years and may give rise to disputes regarding the relative rights, obligations and revenues of AbbVie and its collaboration partners, including the ownership of intellectual property and associated rights and obligations. This could result in the loss of intellectual property rights or protection, delay the development and sale of potential pharmaceutical products, and lead to lengthy and expensive litigation or arbitration.

AbbVie's business is dependent on the successful development and marketing of new products, which are subject to substantial risks.

        Products that appear promising in development may fail to reach the market for numerous reasons, including failure to demonstrate effectiveness, safety concerns, superior safety or efficacy of competing therapies, failure to achieve positive clinical or pre-clinical outcomes beyond the current standard of care, inability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals or delays in the approval of new products and new indications, limited scope of approved uses, excessive costs to manufacture, the failure to obtain or maintain intellectual property rights, or infringement of the intellectual property rights of others. Even if AbbVie successfully develops new products or enhancements to its existing products, they may be quickly rendered obsolete by changing clinical preferences, changing industry standards, or competitors' innovations. AbbVie's innovations may not be accepted quickly in the marketplace because of existing clinical practices or uncertainty over third-party reimbursement.

        AbbVie cannot state with certainty when or whether any of its products under development will be launched, whether it will be able to develop, license, or otherwise acquire compounds or products, or whether any products will be commercially successful. Failure to launch successful new products or new indications for existing products may cause AbbVie's products to become obsolete, causing AbbVie's revenues and operating results to suffer.

Biologics carry unique risks and uncertainties, which could have a negative impact on future results of operations.

        The successful discovery, development, manufacturing and sale of biologics is a long, expensive and uncertain process. There are unique risks and uncertainties with biologics. For example, access to and supply of necessary biological materials such as cell lines may be limited, and governmental regulations restrict access to and regulate the transport and use of such materials. In addition, the development, manufacturing, and sale of biologics is subject to regulations that are often more complex and extensive than the regulations applicable to other pharmaceutical products. Manufacturing biologics, especially in large quantities, is often complex and may require the use of innovative technologies. Such manufacturing also requires facilities specifically designed and validated for this purpose and sophisticated quality assurance and quality control procedures. Biologics are also frequently costly to manufacture because production ingredients are derived from living animal or plant material, and some

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biologics cannot be made synthetically. Failure to successfully discover, develop, manufacture and sell biologics—including HUMIRA—could adversely impact AbbVie's business and results of operations.

New products and technological advances by AbbVie's competitors may negatively affect AbbVie's results of operations.

        Competitors may introduce new products or develop technological advances that compete with AbbVie's products. AbbVie cannot predict with certainty the timing or impact of the introduction by competitors of new products or technical advances. Such competing products may be safer, more effective, more effectively marketed or sold, or have lower prices or superior performance features than AbbVie's products, and this could negatively impact AbbVie's business and results of operations.

AbbVie's biologic products may become subject to competition from biosimilars.

        The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act was passed on March 23, 2010 as Title VII to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law created a framework for the approval of biosimilars in the United States and could allow competitors to reference data from biologic products already approved. In Europe, the European Commission has granted marketing authorizations for several biosimilars pursuant to a set of general and product class-specific guidelines for biosimilar approvals issued over the past few years. In addition, companies are developing biosimilars in other countries that could compete with AbbVie's biologic products. If competitors are able to obtain marketing approval for biosimilars referencing AbbVie's biologic products, AbbVie's products may become subject to competition from such biosimilars, with the attendant competitive pressure. Expiration or successful challenge of AbbVie's applicable patent rights could also trigger competition from other products, assuming any relevant exclusivity period has expired. As a result, AbbVie could face more litigation with respect to the validity and/or scope of patents relating to its biologic products.

The manufacture of many of AbbVie's products is a highly exacting and complex process, and if AbbVie or one of its suppliers encounters problems manufacturing AbbVie's products, AbbVie's business could suffer.

        The manufacture of many of AbbVie's products is a highly exacting and complex process, due in part to strict regulatory requirements. Problems may arise during manufacturing for a variety of reasons, including equipment malfunction, failure to follow specific protocols and procedures, problems with raw materials, delays related to the construction of new facilities or the expansion of existing facilities, including those intended to support future demand for AbbVie's products, changes in manufacturing production sites and limits to manufacturing capacity due to regulatory requirements, changes in the types of products produced, physical limitations that could inhibit continuous supply, man-made or natural disasters, and environmental factors. If problems arise during the production of a batch of product, that batch of product may have to be discarded and AbbVie may experience product shortages or incur added expenses. This could, among other things, lead to increased costs, lost revenue, damage to customer relations, time and expense spent investigating the cause and, depending on the cause, similar losses with respect to other batches or products. If problems are not discovered before the product is released to the market, recall and product liability costs may also be incurred.

        In addition, AbbVie has a single source of supply for certain products and services. The failure of a single-source supplier to fulfill its contractual obligations in a timely manner or as a result of regulatory noncompliance or physical disruption at a manufacturing site may impair AbbVie's ability to deliver its products to customers on a timely and competitive basis, which could adversely affect AbbVie's business and results of operations. Finding an alternative supplier could take a significant amount of time and involve significant expense due to the nature of the services and the need to obtain regulatory approvals. AbbVie cannot guarantee that it will be able to reach agreement with alternative providers or that regulatory authorities would approve AbbVie's use of such alternatives.

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Significant safety or efficacy issues could arise for AbbVie's products, which could have a material adverse effect on AbbVie's revenues and financial condition.

        Pharmaceutical products receive regulatory approval based on data obtained in controlled clinical trials of limited duration. Following regulatory approval, these products will be used over longer periods of time in many patients. Investigators may also conduct additional, and perhaps more extensive, studies. In addition, due to various product withdrawals and other significant safety issues related to pharmaceutical products, the amount of time to obtain regulatory approval has increased industrywide and some health authorities are re-reviewing select products that are already marketed.

        If new safety or efficacy issues are reported or if new scientific information becomes available (including results of post-marketing Phase IV trials), or if there are changes in government standards regarding safety, efficacy or labeling, AbbVie may be required to amend the conditions of use for a product. The FDA has authority, based on such new clinical or scientific information, to require post-market studies, clinical trials and labeling changes and compliance with FDA-approved risk evaluation and mitigation strategies. The FDA's exercise of this authority could result in delays or increased costs during product development, clinical trials and regulatory review, increased costs to comply with additional post-approval regulatory requirements and potential restrictions on marketing of approved products. Regulatory agencies outside of the United States often have similar authority.

        New safety data may emerge from adverse event reports, post-marketing studies, whether conducted by AbbVie or by others and whether mandated by regulatory agencies or voluntary, and other sources and may adversely affect sales of AbbVie's products. For example, AbbVie may voluntarily provide or be required to provide updated information on a product's label or narrow its approved indication, either of which could reduce the product's market acceptance. If serious safety or efficacy issues with an AbbVie product arise, sales of the product could be halted by AbbVie or by regulatory authorities. Safety or efficacy issues affecting suppliers' or competitors' products also may reduce the market acceptance of AbbVie's products.

        New data about AbbVie's products, or products similar to its products, could negatively impact demand for AbbVie's products due to real or perceived safety issues or uncertainty regarding efficacy and, in some cases, could result in product withdrawal. Furthermore, new data and information, including information about product misuse, may lead government agencies, professional societies, practice management groups or organizations involved with various diseases to publish guidelines or recommendations related to the use of AbbVie's products or the use of related therapies or place restrictions on sales. Such guidelines or recommendations may lead to lower sales of AbbVie's products.

        In addition, in the ordinary course of business, AbbVie is the subject of product liability claims and lawsuits alleging that AbbVie's products or the products of other companies that it promotes have resulted or could result in an unsafe condition for or injury to patients. Product liability claims and lawsuits and safety alerts or product recalls, regardless of their ultimate outcome, may have a material adverse effect on AbbVie's business and reputation and on its ability to attract and retain customers. Consequences may also include additional costs, a decrease in market share for the products, lower income and exposure to other claims. Product liability losses are self-insured. Product liability claims could have a material adverse effect on AbbVie's business and results of operations.

AbbVie is subject to cost-containment efforts and pricing pressures that could cause a reduction in future revenues and operating income.

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United States, the European Union and other countries, AbbVie's business has experienced downward pressure on product pricing, and this pressure could increase in the future.

        In the United States, practices of managed care groups and institutional and governmental purchasers and U.S. federal laws and regulations related to Medicare and Medicaid, including the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, contribute to pricing pressures. Recently enacted changes to the health care system in the United States and the increased purchasing power of entities that negotiate on behalf of Medicare, Medicaid, and private sector beneficiaries could result in additional pricing pressures.

        In numerous major markets worldwide, the government plays a significant role in funding health care services and determining the pricing and reimbursement of pharmaceutical products. Consequently, in those markets, AbbVie is subject to government decision making and budgetary actions with respect to its products. In particular, there were government-mandated price reductions for many pharmaceutical products in many European countries in 2010 and 2011, and AbbVie anticipates continuing pricing pressures in Europe. Differences between countries in pricing regulations could lead to third-party cross-border trading in AbbVie's products that results in a reduction in future revenues and operating income.

AbbVie is subject to numerous governmental regulations, and it can be costly to comply with these regulations and to develop compliant products and processes.

        AbbVie's products are subject to rigorous regulation by numerous international, supranational, federal, and state authorities, as described in the section titled "Business—Regulation—Discovery and Clinical Development." The process of obtaining regulatory approvals to market a pharmaceutical product can be costly and time-consuming, and approvals might not be granted for future products, or additional indications or uses of existing products, on a timely basis, if at all. Delays in the receipt of, or failure to obtain approvals for, future products, or new indications and uses, could result in delayed realization of product revenues, reduction in revenues, and substantial additional costs.

        In addition, AbbVie cannot guarantee that it will remain compliant with applicable regulatory requirements once approval has been obtained for a product. These requirements include, among other things, regulations regarding manufacturing practices, product labeling, and advertising and postmarketing reporting, including adverse event reports and field alerts due to manufacturing quality concerns. Many of AbbVie's facilities and procedures and those of its suppliers also are subject to ongoing regulation, including periodic inspection by regulatory authorities. AbbVie must incur expense and spend time and effort to ensure compliance with these complex regulations.

        Possible regulatory actions in the event of non-compliance could include warning letters, fines, damages, injunctions, civil penalties, recalls, seizures of AbbVie's products, and criminal prosecution. These actions could result in substantial modifications to AbbVie's business practices and operations; refunds, recalls, or seizures of AbbVie's products; a total or partial shutdown of production in one or more of AbbVie's or its suppliers' facilities while AbbVie or its supplier remedies the alleged violation; the inability to obtain future approvals; and withdrawals or suspensions of current products from the market. Any of these events could disrupt AbbVie's business and have a material adverse effect on its business and results of operations.

Laws and regulations affecting government benefit programs could impose new obligations on AbbVie, require it to change its business practices, and restrict its operations in the future.

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pricing and sales and marketing practices. Violations of these laws may be punishable by criminal and/or civil sanctions, including, in some instances, substantial fines, imprisonment, and exclusion from participation in federal and state health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans Administration health programs. These laws and regulations are broad in scope and they are subject to evolving interpretations, which could require AbbVie to incur substantial costs associated with compliance or to alter one or more of its sales or marketing practices. In addition, violations of these laws, or allegations of such violations, could disrupt AbbVie's business and result in a material adverse effect on its business and results of operations.

Changes in laws and regulations may adversely affect AbbVie's business.

        As described above, the development, manufacture, marketing, sale, promotion, and distribution of AbbVie's products are subject to comprehensive government regulation. Changes in these regulations could affect AbbVie in various ways. For example, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, AbbVie pays a fee related to its pharmaceutical sales to government programs and, beginning in 2013, must record and report any transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals. Similar reporting requirements have been enacted on a state level in the United States and within the European Union and an increasing number of countries worldwide have adopted or are considering similar laws. Future legislation and regulation in the markets that AbbVie serves could affect access to health care products and services, increase rebates, reduce prices or the rate of price increases for health care products and services, change health care delivery systems, create new fees and obligations for the pharmaceutical industry, or require additional reporting and disclosure. Such legislation and regulation could adversely affect AbbVie's business, results of operations, cash flow, financial condition and prospects.

AbbVie could be subject to increased monetary penalties and/or other sanctions, including exclusion from federal health care programs, if it fails to comply with the terms of the May 7, 2012 resolution of the Department of Justice's investigation into sales and marketing activities for Depakote.

        On May 7, 2012 Abbott Laboratories settled U.S. federal and 49 state investigations into its sales and marketing activities for Depakote by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the Food Drug & Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and agreeing to pay criminal fines, forfeitures, and civil damages. AbbVie previously recorded a non-cash charge related to these investigations, as discussed in "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations." Under the plea agreement, Abbott submitted to a term of probation that is initially set at 5 years, and will be shortened to 3 years upon the separation of Abbott and AbbVie. The obligations of the plea agreement transfer to and become fully binding on AbbVie upon the separation and distribution. The conditions of probation include certain reporting requirements, maintenance of certain compliance measures, certifications of AbbVie's CEO and board of directors, and other conditions. If AbbVie violates the terms of its probation, it may face additional monetary sanctions and other such remedies as the court deems appropriate. In addition, Abbott entered into a five-year Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) with the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG). The obligations of the CIA transfer to and become fully binding on AbbVie upon the separation and distribution. The CIA requires enhancements to certain compliance procedures and contains numerous reporting and monitoring obligations and certifications from AbbVie's board of directors. If AbbVie fails to comply with the CIA, the OIG may impose monetary penalties or exclude AbbVie from federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. Abbott may be subject to third party claims and shareholder lawsuits in connection with the settlement, and AbbVie may be required to indemnify all or a portion of these costs.

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AbbVie's compliance with the obligations of the May 7, 2012 resolution of the Department of Justice's investigation into the sales and marketing activities for Depakote will impose costs and burdens on AbbVie.

        On May 7, 2012 Abbott Laboratories settled U.S. federal and 49 state investigations into its sales and marketing activities for Depakote by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the FDCA and agreeing to pay criminal fines, forfeitures, and civil damages. In addition, Abbott entered into a five-year CIA with the OIG. The obligations of the plea agreement and the CIA transfer to and become fully binding on AbbVie upon the separation and distribution. Compliance with the requirements of the settlement will impose additional costs and burdens on AbbVie in the form of additional resources and support systems.

The international nature of AbbVie's business subjects it to additional business risks that may cause its revenue and profitability to decline.

        AbbVie's business is subject to risks associated with doing business internationally. Sales outside of the United States make up approximately 45 percent of AbbVie's net sales. The risks associated with its operations outside the United States include:

    fluctuations in currency exchange rates;

    changes in medical reimbursement policies and programs;

    multiple legal and regulatory requirements that are subject to change and that could restrict AbbVie's ability to manufacture, market, and sell its products;

    differing local product preferences and product requirements;

    trade protection measures and import or export licensing requirements;

    difficulty in establishing, staffing, and managing operations;

    differing labor regulations;

    potentially negative consequences from changes in or interpretations of tax laws;

    political and economic instability, including sovereign debt issues;

    price and currency exchange controls, limitations on participation in local enterprises, expropriation, nationalization, and other governmental action;

    inflation, recession and fluctuations in interest rates;

    compulsory licensing or diminished protection of intellectual property; and

    potential penalties or other adverse consequences for violations of anti-corruption, anti-bribery and other similar laws and regulations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act.

These risks may, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on AbbVie's revenues and profitability.

Further deterioration in the economic position and credit quality of certain European countries may negatively affect AbbVie's results of operations.

        Financial instability and fiscal deficits in certain European countries, including Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, may result in additional austerity measures to reduce costs, including health care costs. If economic conditions continue to worsen, this could result in lengthening the time or reducing the collectability of AbbVie's outstanding trade receivables and increasing government efforts to reduce health care spending, leading to reductions in drug prices and utilization of AbbVie's products.

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Ongoing sovereign debt issues in these countries could increase AbbVie's collection risk given that a significant amount of AbbVie's receivables in these countries are with governmental health care systems.

AbbVie may not be able to realize the expected benefits of its investments in emerging markets.

        AbbVie seeks to make investments in key emerging markets, but cannot guarantee that its efforts to expand sales in these markets will succeed. Some emerging markets may be especially vulnerable to periods of financial instability or may have very limited resources to spend on health care. For AbbVie to successfully implement its emerging markets strategy, AbbVie must attract and retain qualified personnel or may be required to increase its reliance on third-party distributors within less developed markets. Many of these countries have currencies that fluctuate substantially; if such currencies devalue and AbbVie cannot offset the devaluations, its financial performance within such countries could be adversely affected. In addition, price and currency exchange controls, limitations on participation in local enterprises, expropriation, nationalization, and other governmental actions could affect AbbVie's business and results of operations in emerging markets.

AbbVie may acquire other businesses, license rights to technologies or products, form alliances, or dispose of assets, which could cause it to incur significant expenses and could negatively affect profitability.

        AbbVie may pursue acquisitions, technology licensing arrangements, and strategic alliances, or dispose of some of its assets, as part of its business strategy. AbbVie may not complete these transactions in a timely manner, on a cost-effective basis, or at all, and may not realize the expected benefits. If AbbVie is successful in making an acquisition, the products and technologies that are acquired may not be successful or may require significantly greater resources and investments than originally anticipated. AbbVie may not be able to integrate acquisitions successfully into its existing business and could incur or assume significant debt and unknown or contingent liabilities. AbbVie could also experience negative effects on its reported results of operations from acquisition or disposition-related charges, amortization of expenses related to intangibles and charges for impairment of long-term assets. These effects could cause a deterioration of AbbVie's credit rating and result in increased borrowing costs and interest expense.

        Additionally, changes in AbbVie's structure, operations, revenues, costs, or efficiency resulting from major transactions such as acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, alliances, restructurings or other strategic initiatives, may result in greater than expected costs, may take longer than expected to complete or encounter other difficulties, including the need for regulatory approval where appropriate.

AbbVie is dependent on wholesale distributors for distribution of its products in the United States and, accordingly, its results of operations could be adversely affected if they encounter financial difficulties.

        In 2011, three wholesale distributors accounted for substantially all of AbbVie's sales in the United States. If one of its significant wholesale distributors encounters financial or other difficulties, such distributor may decrease the amount of business that it does with AbbVie, and AbbVie may be unable to collect all the amounts that the distributor owes it on a timely basis or at all, which could negatively impact AbbVie's business and results of operations. In addition, AbbVie's sales to wholesale distributors are generally subject to rebates based upon the volume of purchases. An increase in the size of these rebates could negatively impact AbbVie's revenues.

AbbVie is subject to evolving and complex tax laws, which may result in additional liabilities that may affect results of operations.

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be periodically examined by various tax authorities. Although Abbott will retain the risk for tax contingencies arising from operations pre-separation, AbbVie will have risks for future tax contingencies arising from operations post-separation. Due to the complexity of tax contingencies, the ultimate resolution of any tax matters related to operations post-separation may result in payments greater or less than amounts accrued.

        In addition, AbbVie may be impacted by changes in tax laws, including tax rate changes, changes to the laws related to the treatment and remittance of foreign earnings, new tax laws, and subsequent interpretations of tax law in the United States and other jurisdictions.

The investment of AbbVie's cash balance and investments in marketable securities are subject to risks that may cause losses and affect the liquidity of these investments.

        AbbVie expects to invest its cash balance in a portfolio of short-term investments, primarily securities of the U.S. federal government and its agencies, U.S. corporate debt securities, U.S. and foreign commercial paper, and certificates of deposit at major banks. These investments will be subject to credit, liquidity, market, and interest rate risks. If such investments suffer market price declines, AbbVie may recognize in its earnings the decline in the fair value of these investments below their cost basis when the decline is judged to be other than temporary. The risks associated with AbbVie's expected cash balance and investment portfolio may have a material adverse effect on AbbVie's results of operations and financial condition.

AbbVie may need additional financing in the future to meet its capital needs or to make opportunistic acquisitions, and such financing may not be available on favorable terms, if at all, and may be dilutive to existing stockholders.

        AbbVie may need to seek additional financing for its general corporate purposes. For example, it may need to increase its investment in research and development activities or need funds to make acquisitions. AbbVie may be unable to obtain any desired additional financing on terms favorable to it, if at all. If AbbVie fails to obtain or loses an investment grade credit rating or adequate funds are not available on acceptable terms, AbbVie may be unable to fund its expansion, successfully develop or enhance products, or respond to competitive pressures, any of which could negatively affect AbbVie's business. If AbbVie raises additional funds through the issuance of equity securities, its stockholders will experience dilution of their ownership interest. If AbbVie raises additional funds by issuing debt, it may be subject to limitations on its operations due to restrictive covenants.

AbbVie depends on information technology and a failure of those systems could adversely affect AbbVie's business.

        AbbVie relies on sophisticated information technology systems to operate its business. These systems are potentially vulnerable to malicious intrusion, random attack, or breakdown. Although AbbVie has invested in the protection of its data and information technology and also monitors its systems on an ongoing basis, there can be no assurance that these efforts will prevent breakdowns or breaches in AbbVie's information technology systems that could adversely affect AbbVie's business.

Other factors can have a material adverse effect on AbbVie's future profitability and financial condition.

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    changes in or interpretations of laws and regulations, including changes in accounting standards, taxation requirements, product marketing application standards, and environmental laws;

    differences between the fair value measurement of assets and liabilities and their actual value, particularly for pensions, retiree health care, stock compensation, intangibles, and goodwill; and for contingent liabilities such as litigation, the absence of a recorded amount, or an amount recorded at the minimum, compared to the actual amount;

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    changes in the rate of inflation (including the cost of raw materials, commodities, and supplies), interest rates, market value of AbbVie's equity investments, and the performance of investments held by it or its employee benefit trusts;

    changes in the creditworthiness of counterparties that transact business with or provide services to AbbVie or its employee benefit trusts; and

    changes in business, economic, and political conditions, including: war, political instability, terrorist attacks, the threat of future terrorist activity and related military action; natural disasters; the cost and availability of insurance due to any of the foregoing events; labor disputes, strikes, slow-downs, or other forms of labor or union activity; and pressure from third-party interest groups.

Risks Related to the Separation

AbbVie has no history operating as an independent company, and AbbVie's historical and pro forma financial information is not necessarily representative of the results that it would have achieved as a separate, publicly traded company and may not be a reliable indicator of its future results.

        The historical information about AbbVie in this information statement refers to AbbVie's business as operated by and integrated with Abbott. AbbVie's historical and pro forma financial information included in this information statement is derived from the consolidated financial statements and accounting records of Abbott. Accordingly, the historical and pro forma financial information included in this information statement does not necessarily reflect the financial condition, results of operations or cash flows that AbbVie would have achieved as a separate, publicly traded company during the periods presented or those that AbbVie will achieve in the future primarily as a result of the factors described below:

    Prior to the separation, AbbVie's business was operated by Abbott as part of its broader corporate organization, rather than as an independent company. Abbott or one of its affiliates performed various corporate functions for AbbVie, such as accounting, information technology, and finance. Following the separation, Abbott will provide some of these functions to AbbVie, as described in "AbbVie's Relationship with Abbott Following the Distribution." AbbVie's historical and pro forma financial results reflect allocations of corporate expenses from Abbott for such functions and are likely to be less than the expenses AbbVie would have incurred had it operated as a separate publicly traded company. AbbVie will need to make significant investments to replicate or outsource from other providers certain facilities, systems, infrastructure, and personnel to which AbbVie will no longer have access after its separation from Abbott. These initiatives to develop AbbVie's independent ability to operate without access to Abbott's existing operational and administrative infrastructure will be costly to implement. AbbVie may not be able to operate its business efficiently or at comparable costs, and its profitability may decline;

    Currently, AbbVie's business is integrated with the other businesses of Abbott. AbbVie is able to use Abbott's size and purchasing power in procuring various goods and services and has shared economies of scope and scale in costs, employees, vendor relationships and customer relationships. Although AbbVie will enter into transition agreements with Abbott, these arrangements may not fully capture the benefits AbbVie has enjoyed as a result of being integrated with Abbott and may result in AbbVie paying higher charges than in the past for these services. As a separate, independent company, AbbVie may be unable to obtain goods and services at the prices and terms obtained prior to the separation, which could decrease AbbVie's overall profitability. As a separate, independent company, AbbVie may also not be as successful in negotiating favorable tax treatments and credits with governmental entities. This could have an adverse effect on AbbVie's results of operations and financial condition following the completion of the separation;

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    Generally, AbbVie's working capital requirements and capital for its general corporate purposes, including acquisitions, research and development and capital expenditures, have historically been satisfied as part of the corporate-wide cash management policies of Abbott. Following the completion of the separation, AbbVie may need to obtain additional financing from banks, through public offerings or private placements of debt or equity securities, strategic relationships or other arrangements;

    After the completion of the separation, the cost of capital for AbbVie's business may be higher than Abbott's cost of capital prior to the separation; and

    AbbVie's historical financial information does not reflect the debt it will incur as part of the separation and distribution or its obligations to purchase from Abbott certain operations and assets, and assume the corresponding liabilities, of AbbVie's business after the distribution date.

        Other significant changes may occur in AbbVie's cost structure, management, financing and business operations as a result of operating as a company separate from Abbott. For additional information about the past financial performance of AbbVie's business and the basis of presentation of the historical combined financial statements and the unaudited pro forma combined financial statements of AbbVie's business, see "Unaudited Pro Forma Combined Financial Statements," "Selected Historical Combined Financial Data," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and the historical financial statements and accompanying notes included elsewhere in this information statement.

As AbbVie builds its information technology infrastructure and transitions its data to its own systems, AbbVie could incur substantial additional costs and experience temporary business interruptions.

        After the separation, AbbVie will install and implement information technology infrastructure to support its critical business functions, including accounting and reporting, manufacturing process control, customer service, inventory control and distribution. AbbVie may incur temporary interruptions in business operations if it cannot transition effectively from Abbott's existing transactional and operational systems, data centers and the transition services that support these functions as AbbVie replaces these systems. AbbVie may not be successful in implementing its new systems and transitioning its data, and it may incur substantially higher costs for implementation than currently anticipated. AbbVie's failure to avoid operational interruptions as it implements the new systems and replaces Abbott's IT services, or its failure to implement the new systems and replace Abbott's services successfully, could disrupt its business and have a material adverse effect on its profitability. In addition, if AbbVie is unable to replicate or transition certain systems, its ability to comply with regulatory requirements could be impaired.

Abbott may fail to perform under various transaction agreements that will be executed as part of the separation or AbbVie may fail to have necessary systems and services in place when certain of the transaction agreements expire.

        In connection with the separation, AbbVie and Abbott will enter into a separation and distribution agreement and will enter into various other agreements, including transition services agreements, a tax sharing agreement, an international commercial operations agreement, manufacture and supply agreements, an employee matters agreement, a special products master agreement, intellectual property license agreements, an information technology agreement and certain other commercial agreements. These agreements are discussed in greater detail in the section titled "AbbVie's Relationship With Abbott Following the Separation." Certain of these agreements will provide for the performance of services by each company for the benefit of the other for a period of time after the separation. AbbVie will rely on Abbott to satisfy its performance and payment obligations under these agreements. If

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Abbott is unable to satisfy its obligations under these agreements, including its indemnification obligations, AbbVie could incur operational difficulties or losses.

        In addition, AbbVie and Abbott will enter into long-term arrangements for site-sharing at Abbott Park (Abbott's current headquarters), for a special products master agreement, and for Abbott to provide AbbVie with back office functions and other services in certain markets outside the United States until AbbVie has established sufficient back office infrastructure to conduct operations in such markets. These arrangements could lead to disputes between Abbott and AbbVie over the use of facilities, AbbVie's rights to shared intellectual property and territorial distribution rights, and the allocation of costs and revenues for AbbVie's products and operations outside of the United States.

        If AbbVie does not have in place its own systems and services, or if AbbVie does not have agreements with other providers of these services when the transaction or long-term agreements terminate, AbbVie may not be able to operate its business effectively and its profitability may decline. AbbVie is in the process of creating its own, or engaging third parties to provide, systems and services to replace many of the systems and services Abbott currently provides to it. AbbVie may not be successful in effectively or efficiently implementing these systems and services or in transitioning data from Abbott's systems to AbbVie's. These systems and services may also be more expensive or less efficient than the systems and services Abbott is expected to provide during the transition period.

        AbbVie will be developing and implementing its own back office functions, administrative systems, personnel, and processes for markets outside the United States where Abbott will initially provide such functions. There can be no assurance that AbbVie will be able to implement such functions effectively and without disrupting its business in those markets.

Potential indemnification liabilities to Abbott pursuant to the separation agreement could materially adversely affect AbbVie.

        The separation agreement with Abbott provides for, among other things, the principal corporate transactions required to effect the separation, certain conditions to the separation and provisions governing the relationship between AbbVie and Abbott with respect to and resulting from the separation. For a description of the separation agreement, see "AbbVie's Relationship with Abbott Following the Distribution—The Separation Agreement." Among other things, the separation agreement provides for indemnification obligations designed to make AbbVie financially responsible for substantially all liabilities that may exist relating to its business activities, whether incurred prior to or after the separation, as well as those obligations of Abbott assumed by AbbVie pursuant to the separation agreement, including those relating to Depakote. If AbbVie is required to indemnify Abbott under the circumstances set forth in the separation agreement, AbbVie may be subject to substantial liabilities.

There could be significant liability if the distribution is determined to be a taxable transaction.

        A condition to the distribution is the receipt by Abbott of a private letter ruling from the IRS to the effect that, among other things, the contribution and the distribution will qualify as a transaction that is tax-free for U.S. federal income tax purposes under Sections 355(a) and 368(a)(1)(D) of the Internal Revenue Code, and that this private letter ruling shall not be revoked or modified in any material respect. In addition, the distribution is conditioned upon Abbott's receipt of an opinion from outside tax counsel to the effect that the contribution and the distribution will qualify as a transaction that is described in Sections 355(a) and 368(a)(1)(D) of the Code. The ruling and the opinion will rely on certain facts, assumptions, representations and undertakings from Abbott and AbbVie regarding the past and future conduct of the companies' respective businesses and other matters. If any of these facts, assumptions, representations or undertakings are incorrect or not satisfied, Abbott and its shareholders may not be able to rely on the ruling or the opinion of tax counsel and could be subject to significant

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tax liabilities. Notwithstanding the private letter ruling and opinion of tax counsel, the IRS could determine on audit that the separation is taxable if it determines that any of these facts, assumptions, representations or undertakings are not correct or have been violated or if it disagrees with the conclusions in the opinion that are not covered by the private letter ruling, or for other reasons, including as a result of certain significant changes in the share ownership of Abbott or AbbVie after the separation. If the separation is determined to be taxable for U.S. federal income tax purposes, Abbott and its shareholders that are subject to U.S. federal income tax could incur significant U.S. federal income tax liabilities and AbbVie could incur significant liabilities. For a description of the sharing of such liabilities between Abbott and AbbVie, see "AbbVie's Relationship with Abbott Following the Distribution—Tax Sharing Agreement."

AbbVie may not be able to engage in certain corporate transactions after the separation.

        To preserve the tax-free treatment to Abbott of the contribution and the distribution, under the tax sharing agreement that AbbVie will enter into with Abbott, AbbVie is restricted from taking any action that prevents the distribution and related transactions from being tax-free for U.S. federal income tax purposes. These restrictions may limit AbbVie's ability to pursue certain strategic transactions or engage in other transactions, including use of AbbVie's common stock to make acquisitions and equity capital market transactions, that might increase the value of its business. In addition, under the tax sharing agreement, AbbVie is required to indemnify Abbott against any such tax liabilities as a result of the acquisition of AbbVie's stock or assets, even if it did not participate in or otherwise facilitate the acquisition. For more information, see the sections entitled "AbbVie's Relationship with Abbott Following the Distribution—Tax Sharing Agreement."

After the separation, certain of AbbVie's executive officers may have actual or potential conflicts of interest because of their previous positions at Abbott.

        The ownership by AbbVie's expected executive officers of Abbott common shares, options, or other equity awards may create, or may create the appearance of, conflicts of interest. Because of their current or former positions with Abbott, certain of AbbVie's expected executive officers own Abbott common shares, options to purchase Abbott common shares or other equity awards. Abbott common shares, options to purchase Abbott common shares or other equity awards may comprise a significant portion of some of these individuals' total personal financial assets. Following the separation, even though expected executive officers who are currently employees of Abbott will cease to be employees of Abbott, some AbbVie executive officers will continue to have a financial interest in Abbott common shares, which may create, or may create the appearance of, conflicts of interest when these individuals are faced with decisions that could have different implications for Abbott than the decisions have for AbbVie.

AbbVie may not achieve some or all of the expected benefits of the separation, and the separation may adversely affect AbbVie's business.

        AbbVie may not be able to achieve the full strategic and financial benefits expected to result from the separation, or such benefits may be delayed or not occur at all. These expected benefits include the benefits described in the section "The Separation and Distribution—Reasons for the Separation."

        AbbVie may not achieve these and other anticipated benefits for a variety of reasons. There also can be no assurance that the separation will not adversely affect AbbVie's business.

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AbbVie may have received better terms from unaffiliated third parties than the terms it will receive in its agreements with Abbott.

        The agreements AbbVie will enter into with Abbott in connection with the separation, including transition services agreements, a tax sharing agreement, an international commercial operations agreement, manufacturing and supply agreements, an employee matters agreement, a special products master agreement, intellectual property license agreements, an information technology agreement and certain other commercial agreements, were prepared in the context of the separation while AbbVie was still a wholly owned subsidiary of Abbott. Accordingly, during the period in which the terms of those agreements were prepared, AbbVie did not have an independent board of directors or a management team that was independent of Abbott. As a result, the terms of those agreements may not reflect terms that would have resulted from arm's-length negotiations between unaffiliated third parties. Arm's-length negotiations between Abbott and an unaffiliated third party in another form of transaction, such as a buyer in a sale of a business transaction, may have resulted in more favorable terms to the unaffiliated third party. See "AbbVie's Relationship with Abbott Following the Distribution."

Challenges in the commercial and credit environment may adversely affect AbbVie's ability to complete the separation and AbbVie's future access to capital.

        AbbVie's ability to issue debt or enter into other financing arrangements on acceptable terms could be adversely affected if there is a material decline in the demand for AbbVie's products or in the solvency of its customers or suppliers or other significantly unfavorable changes in economic conditions. Volatility in the world financial markets could increase borrowing costs or affect AbbVie's ability to access the capital markets. These conditions may adversely affect AbbVie's ability to obtain and maintain investment grade credit ratings prior to and following the separation.

Risks Related to AbbVie's Common Stock

AbbVie cannot be certain that an active trading market for its common stock will develop or be sustained after the separation, and following the separation, AbbVie's stock price may fluctuate significantly.

        A public market for AbbVie's common stock does not currently exist. AbbVie anticipates that on or prior to the record date for the distribution, trading of shares of its common stock will begin on a "when-issued" basis and will continue through the distribution date. However, AbbVie cannot guarantee that an active trading market will develop or be sustained for its common stock after the separation. Nor can AbbVie predict the prices at which shares of its common stock may trade after the separation. Similarly, AbbVie cannot predict the effect of the separation on the trading prices of its common stock or whether the combined market value of the shares of AbbVie's common stock and the Abbott common shares will be less than, equal to or greater than the market value of Abbott's common shares prior to the separation.

        The market price of AbbVie's common stock may fluctuate significantly due to a number of factors, some of which may be beyond AbbVie's control, including:

    actual or anticipated fluctuations in AbbVie's operating results;

    changes in earnings estimated by securities analysts or AbbVie's ability to meet those estimates;

    the operating and stock price performance of comparable companies; and

    domestic and worldwide economic conditions.

        In addition, when the market price of a company's common stock drops significantly, stockholders often institute securities class action lawsuits against the company. A lawsuit against AbbVie could cause it to incur substantial costs and could divert the time and attention of its management and other resources.

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A number of AbbVie's shares of common stock are or will be eligible for future sale, which may cause AbbVie's stock price to decline.

        Any sales of substantial amounts of AbbVie's common stock in the public market or the perception that such sales might occur, in connection with the distribution or otherwise, may cause the market price of AbbVie's common stock to decline. Upon completion of the distribution, AbbVie expects that it will have an aggregate of approximately        shares of its common stock issued and outstanding on         . These shares will be freely tradeable without restriction or further registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), unless the shares are owned by one of AbbVie's "affiliates," as that term is defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act.

        AbbVie is unable to predict whether large amounts of its common stock will be sold in the open market following the distribution. AbbVie is also unable to predict whether a sufficient number of buyers would be in the market at that time. A portion of Abbott's common stock is held by index funds tied to the Standard & Poor's 500 Index or other stock indices. If AbbVie is not included in these indices at the time of distribution, these index funds will be required to sell AbbVie's stock.

AbbVie cannot guarantee the timing, amount, or payment of dividends on its common stock.

        Although AbbVie expects to pay regular cash dividends following the separation, the timing, declaration, amount and payment of future dividends to shareholders will fall within the discretion of AbbVie's board of directors. The board's decisions regarding the payment of dividends will depend on many factors, such as AbbVie's financial condition, earnings, capital requirements, and debt service obligations, industry practice, legal requirements, regulatory constraints, and other factors that the board deems relevant. For more information, see "Dividend Policy." AbbVie's ability to pay dividends will depend on its ongoing ability to generate cash from operations and access capital markets. AbbVie cannot guarantee that it will pay a dividend in the future or continue to pay any dividend if AbbVie commences paying dividends.

Your percentage of ownership in AbbVie may be diluted in the future.

        In the future, your percentage ownership in AbbVie may be diluted because of equity issuances for acquisitions, capital market transactions or otherwise, including equity awards that AbbVie will be granting to AbbVie's directors, officers and employees. AbbVie's employees will have options to purchase shares of its common stock after the distribution as a result of conversion of their Abbott stock options (in whole or in part) to AbbVie stock options. AbbVie anticipates its compensation committee will grant additional stock options or other stock-based awards to its employees after the distribution. Such awards will have a dilutive effect on AbbVie's earnings per share, which could adversely affect the market price of AbbVie's common stock. From time to time, AbbVie will issue additional options or other stock-based awards to its employees under AbbVie's employee benefits plans.

        In addition, AbbVie's amended and restated certificate of incorporation will authorize AbbVie to issue, without the approval of AbbVie's stockholders, one or more classes or series of preferred stock having such designation, powers, preferences and relative, participating, optional and other special rights, including preferences over AbbVie's common stock respecting dividends and distributions, as AbbVie's board of directors generally may determine. The terms of one or more classes or series of preferred stock could dilute the voting power or reduce the value of AbbVie's common stock. For example, AbbVie could grant the holders of preferred stock the right to elect some number of AbbVie's directors in all events or on the happening of specified events or the right to veto specified transactions. Similarly, the repurchase or redemption rights or liquidation preferences AbbVie could assign to holders of preferred stock could affect the residual value of the common stock. See "Description of AbbVie's Capital Stock."

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Certain provisions in AbbVie's amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated by-laws, and of Delaware law, may prevent or delay an acquisition of AbbVie, which could decrease the trading price of the common stock.

        AbbVie's amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated by-laws will contain, and Delaware law contains, provisions that are intended to deter coercive takeover practices and inadequate takeover bids by making such practices or bids unacceptably expensive to the bidder and to encourage prospective acquirors to negotiate with AbbVie's board of directors rather than to attempt a hostile takeover. These provisions include, among others:

    the inability of AbbVie's stockholders to call a special meeting;

    rules regarding how stockholders may present proposals or nominate directors for election at stockholder meetings;

    the right of AbbVie's board to issue preferred stock without stockholder approval;

    the division of AbbVie's board of directors into three classes of directors, with each class serving a staggered three-year term;

    a provision that stockholders may only remove directors with cause;

    the ability of AbbVie's directors, and not stockholders, to fill vacancies on AbbVie's board of directors; and

    the requirement that stockholders holding at least 80 percent of AbbVie's voting stock are required to amend certain provisions in AbbVie's amended and restated certificate of incorporation and AbbVie's amended and restated by-laws relating to the number, term and election of AbbVie's directors, the filling of board vacancies, the calling of special meetings of stockholders and director and officer indemnification provisions.

        In addition, because AbbVie has not chosen to be exempt from Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, this provision could also delay or prevent a change of control that you may favor. Section 203 provides that, subject to limited exceptions, persons that acquire, or are affiliated with a person that acquires, more than 15 percent of the outstanding voting stock of a Delaware corporation shall not engage in any business combination with that corporation, including by merger, consolidation or acquisitions of additional shares, for a three-year period following the date on which that person or its affiliate becomes the holder of more than 15 percent of the corporation's outstanding voting stock.

        AbbVie believes these provisions will protect its stockholders from coercive or otherwise unfair takeover tactics by requiring potential acquirors to negotiate with AbbVie's board of directors and by providing AbbVie's board of directors with more time to assess any acquisition proposal. These provisions are not intended to make the company immune from takeovers. However, these provisions will apply even if the offer may be considered beneficial by some stockholders and could delay or prevent an acquisition that AbbVie's board of directors determines is not in the best interests of the company and AbbVie's stockholders. These provisions may also prevent or discourage attempts to remove and replace incumbent directors.

        Several of the agreements that AbbVie has entered into with Abbott require Abbott's consent to any assignment by AbbVie of its rights and obligations under the agreements. These agreements will generally expire within two years of AbbVie's separation from Abbott, except for certain agreements that will continue for longer terms and in some cases for the life of the products covered by the agreements. The consent and termination rights set forth in these agreements might discourage, delay or prevent a change of control that you may consider favorable. See "AbbVie's Relationship with

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Abbott Following the Distribution" and "Description of AbbVie's Capital Stock" for a more detailed description of these agreements and provisions.

        In addition, an acquisition or further issuance of AbbVie's stock could trigger the application of Section 355(e) of the Internal Revenue Code. For a discussion of Section 355(e), see "Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences." Under the tax sharing agreement, AbbVie would be required to indemnify Abbott for the resulting tax, and this indemnity obligation might discourage, delay or prevent a change of control that you may consider favorable.

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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

        This information statement and other materials Abbott and AbbVie have filed or will file with the SEC contain, or will contain, certain forward-looking statements regarding business strategies, market potential, future financial performance and other matters. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "project" and similar expressions, among others, generally identify "forward-looking statements," which speak only as of the date the statements were made. The matters discussed in these forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. In particular, information included under "Risk Factors," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," "Business," and "The Separation and Distribution" contain forward-looking statements. Where, in any forward-looking statement, an expectation or belief as to future results or events is expressed, such expectation or belief is based on the current plans and expectations of management and expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that the expectation or belief will result or be achieved or accomplished. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated include the matters described under "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations."

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DIVIDEND POLICY

        AbbVie expects that it will pay a regular cash dividend. However, the timing, declaration, amount of, and payment of any dividends following the separation by AbbVie is within the discretion of its board of directors and will depend upon many factors, including AbbVie's financial condition, earnings, capital requirements of its operating subsidiaries, covenants associated with certain of AbbVie's debt service obligations, legal requirements, regulatory constraints, industry practice, ability to access capital markets, and other factors deemed relevant by the board of directors. Moreover, if AbbVie determines to pay any dividend in the future, there can be no assurance that it will continue to pay such dividends or the amount of such dividends.

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CAPITALIZATION

        The following table sets forth AbbVie's capitalization as of March 31, 2012 on a historical basis and on a pro forma basis to give effect to the pro forma adjustments included in AbbVie's unaudited pro forma financial information. The information below is not necessarily indicative of what AbbVie's capitalization would have been had the separation, distribution and related financing transactions been completed as of March 31, 2012. In addition, it is not indicative of AbbVie's future capitalization. This table should be read in conjunction with "Unaudited Pro Forma Combined Financial Statements," "Selected Historical Combined Financial Data," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," and AbbVie's combined financial statements and notes included elsewhere in this information statement.

 
  As of March 31, 2012
 
  (dollars in millions)
 
  Actual   Pro Forma

Debt:

         

Total debt

  $           

Equity:

         

Common stock, no par value

              

Additional paid-in capital

              

Net parent company investment in AbbVie

    11,857           

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

    194           

Total Capitalization

 
$

12,051
 

        

        AbbVie has not yet finalized its post-distribution capitalization. Pro forma financial information reflecting AbbVie's post-distribution capitalization will be included in an amendment to this information statement.

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UNAUDITED PRO FORMA COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

        The following unaudited pro forma combined financial statements consist of unaudited pro forma combined statements of earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and for the year ended December 31, 2011 and an unaudited pro forma condensed combined balance sheet as of March 31, 2012. The unaudited pro forma combined financial statements reported below should be read in conjunction with AbbVie's "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," the historical combined annual and condensed interim financial statements and the corresponding notes included elsewhere in this information statement.

        The following unaudited pro forma combined balance sheet and statements of earnings have been derived from AbbVie's historical combined annual and condensed interim financial statements included elsewhere in this information statement. The statements are for informational purposes only and do not purport to represent what AbbVie's financial position and results of operations actually would have been had the separation and distribution occurred on the dates indicated, or to project AbbVie's financial performance for any future period.

        Abbott did not account for AbbVie as, and AbbVie was not operated as a separate, independent company for the periods presented. Due to regulations governing the preparation of pro forma financial statements, the pro forma financial statements do not reflect certain estimated incremental expenses associated with being an independent, public company because they are projected amounts based on judgmental estimates and are not factually supportable. The estimated incremental expenses associated with being an independent, public company include costs for information technology and costs associated with corporate administrative services such as tax, treasury, audit, risk management, legal, stockholder relations and human resources.

        The pro forma balance sheet adjustments assume that AbbVie's separation from Abbott occurred as of March 31, 2012. The pro forma adjustments to the combined statements of earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and for the year ended December 31, 2011 assume that the separation occurred as of January 1, 2011.

        The unaudited pro forma combined statements of earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and for the year ended December 31, 2011 and the unaudited pro forma condensed combined balance sheet as of March 31, 2012 have been adjusted to give effect to the following transactions:

    the contribution by Abbott to AbbVie of the assets and liabilities that comprise AbbVie's business,

    the transfer of various Corporate and other assets and liabilities not included in AbbVie's historical combined balance sheet,

    the issuance of        of debt at an interest rate of      %,

    the issuance of approximately        shares of AbbVie's common stock, and

    the impact of the separation agreement, the tax matters agreement, transition services agreements, the employee matters agreement, manufacture and supply agreements and other commercial agreements between AbbVie and Abbott and the provisions contained therein.

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ABBVIE
THE RESEARCH-BASED PHARMACEUTICALS BUSINESS OF ABBOTT LABORATORIES
UNAUDITED PRO FORMA COMBINED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2012

(Dollars and Shares in Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)

 
  Historical   Pro Forma
Adjustments
  Pro
Forma
 

Net Sales

  $ 4,173   $          (A) $           
               

Cost of products sold

    1,156              (A)(B)             

Research and development

    642         642  

Acquired in-process and collaborations research and development

    150         150  

Selling, general and administrative

    1,247              (B)             
               

Total Operating Cost and Expenses

    3,195                            
               

Operating Earnings

    978                            

Net foreign exchange (gain) loss

    10         10  

Interest expense, net

                 (C)             

Other (income) expense, net

    (38 )       (38 )
               

Earnings Before Taxes

    1,006                            

Taxes on Earnings

    123              (D)             
               

Net Earnings

  $ 883   $            $           
               

Unaudited Pro Forma Earnings Per Share

                   

Basic

    N/A                            

Diluted

    N/A                            

Average Number of Shares Used in Calculating Earnings Per Share

                   

Basic

    N/A              (E)             

Diluted

    N/A              (F)             

   

See accompanying notes to Unaudited Pro Forma Combined Financial Statements.

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ABBVIE
THE RESEARCH-BASED PHARMACEUTICALS BUSINESS OF ABBOTT LABORATORIES
UNAUDITED PRO FORMA COMBINED STATEMENT OF EARNINGS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011

(Dollars and Shares in Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)

 
  Historical   Pro Forma
Adjustments
  Pro
Forma
 

Net Sales

  $ 17,444   $          (A) $           
               

Cost of products sold

    4,639   $          (A)(B)             

Research and development

    2,618         2,618  

Acquired in-process and collaborations research and development

    673         673  

Selling, general and administrative

    5,894              (B)             
               

Total Operating Cost and Expenses

    13,824                            
               

Operating Earnings

    3,620                            

Net foreign exchange (gain) loss

    (30 )       (30 )

Interest expense, net

                 (C)             

Other (income) expense, net

    (18 )       (18 )
               

Earnings Before Taxes

    3,668                            

Taxes on Earnings

    235              (D)             
               

Net Earnings

  $ 3,433   $            $           
               

Unaudited Pro Forma Earnings Per Share

                   

Basic

    N/A                            

Diluted

    N/A                            

Average Number of Shares Used in Calculating Earnings Per Share

                   

Basic

    N/A              (E)             

Diluted

    N/A              (F)             

   

See accompanying notes to Unaudited Pro Forma Combined Financial Statements.

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ABBVIE
THE RESEARCH-BASED PHARMACEUTICALS BUSINESS OF ABBOTT LABORATORIES
UNAUDITED PRO FORMA COMBINED BALANCE SHEET
AS OF MARCH 31, 2012

(Dollars in Millions)

 
  Historical   Pro Forma
Adjustments
  Pro
Forma
 

Current Assets:

                   

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 41   $          (G) $           

Investments, primarily U.S. treasury bills

    2         2  

Trade receivables

    3,647              (A)             

Inventories

    916              (A)             

Deferred income taxes, prepaid expenses and other receivables

    2,145              (J)             
               

Total Current Assets

    6,751                            

Investments

    221                  221  

Net property and equipment

    2,169              (J)             

Intangible assets, net of amortization

    2,745         2,745  

Goodwill

    6,164         6,164  

Deferred income taxes and other assets

    912              (D)(J)             
               

Total Assets

  $ 18,962   $            $           
               

Current Liabilities:

                   

Trade accounts payable

  $ 476       $ 476  

Salaries, wages and commissions

    359         359  

Accrued sales rebates

    1,439         1,439  

Other accrued liabilities

    3,241              (J)             
               

Total Current Liabilities

    5,515                            

Long-term Debt

                 (G)             

Other Long-term Liabilities

    1,396              (I)(J)             

Common Stock

                 (H)             

Additional Paid-in Capital

                 (H)             

Net parent company investment in AbbVie

    11,857     (11,857 )    

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

    194              (I)             
               

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

  $ 18,962   $            $           
               

   

See accompanying notes to Unaudited Pro Forma Combined Financial Statements.

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ABBVIE
THE RESEARCH-BASED PHARMACEUTICALS BUSINESS OF ABBOTT LABORATORIES
NOTES TO UNAUDITED PRO FORMA COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(A)
Reflects the effect of the manufacturing and supply agreements that AbbVie and Abbott will enter into at separation. The revenue adjustment reflects the revenue that AbbVie will record for product manufactured and sold to Abbott under manufacturing and supply arrangements. Pricing under these arrangements will reflect AbbVie's costs plus a manufacturing profit. The Cost of products sold adjustment reflects the costs incurred to manufacture certain products for Abbott as well as the incremental costs that AbbVie will record for purchases of other products from Abbott under manufacturing and supply arrangements. Historically, inventory transfers between AbbVie and Abbott were recorded at cost.

(B)
Reflects the difference in costs to be incurred by AbbVie for the services to be provided by Abbott or AbbVie to the other party under transition services agreements.

(C)
Reflects interest expense related to approximately $        in debt that AbbVie expects to issue. Based on AbbVie's currently expected debt rating, the interest rate on the debt is expected to be approximately        %. Interest expense was calculated assuming constant debt levels throughout the periods. Interest expense may be higher or lower if AbbVie's actual interest rate or credit ratings change. A 1% change to the annual interest rate would change net income by $         million on an annual basis.

(D)
Reflects the tax effects of the pro forma adjustments at the applicable statutory income tax rates.

(E)
The number of AbbVie shares used to compute basic earnings per share is based on the number of shares of AbbVie common stock assumed to be outstanding on the distribution date, based on the number of Abbott common shares outstanding on December 31, 2011, assuming a distribution ratio of        shares of AbbVie common stock for         Abbott common shares outstanding.

(F)
The number of shares used to compute diluted earnings per share is based on the number of basic shares of AbbVie common stock as described in Note E above, plus incremental shares assuming exercise of dilutive outstanding options and restricted stock awards.

(G)
Reflects the issuance of approximately $        in debt and the distribution of $        cash to Abbott.

(H)
On the distribution date, Abbott's net investment in AbbVie will be redesignated as AbbVie Shareholders' Equity and will be allocated between common stock and additional paid in capital based on the number of shares of AbbVie common stock outstanding at the distribution date.

(I)
Reflects the net retirement obligations expected to be transferred to AbbVie.

(J)
Reflects various Corporate and other assets and liabilities to be transferred to AbbVie. These will include a portion of shared information technology assets.

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SELECTED HISTORICAL COMBINED FINANCIAL DATA

        The following table sets forth our selected financial information derived from our (i) unaudited combined financial statements as of December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007 and for the years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007, which are not included in this information statement; (ii) audited combined financial statements as of December 31, 2011 and 2010 and for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009, which are included elsewhere in this information statement; (iii) unaudited interim combined financial statements as of March 31, 2012 and for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, which are included elsewhere in this information statement; and (iv) unaudited interim combined balance sheet as of March 31, 2011, which is not included in this information statement. The historical financial information presented may not be indicative of the results of operations or financial position that would have been obtained if AbbVie had been an independent company during the periods shown or of AbbVie's future performance as an independent company.

        The selected financial information should be read in conjunction with "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," the unaudited pro forma combined financial statements and the corresponding notes included elsewhere in this information statement.

 
  For the Three Months
Ended March 31
  For the Years Ended December 31  
 
  2012   2011   2011   2010   2009   2008   2007  
 
  (dollars in millions)
 

Combined Statement of Earnings Data:

                                           

Net Sales

  $ 4,173   $ 3,897   $ 17,444   $ 15,638   $ 14,214   $ 14,179   $ 12,236  

Net Earnings

    883     723     3,433     4,178     4,636     4,058     3,201  

Combined Balance Sheet Data:

                                           

Total Assets

    18,962     21,408     19,657     21,135     15,858     16,601     15,669  

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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

        You should read the following discussion in conjunction with the audited combined financial statements and the corresponding notes, the unaudited interim condensed combined financial statements and the corresponding notes, and the unaudited pro forma combined financial statements and the corresponding notes included elsewhere in this information statement. This Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations contains forward-looking statements. The matters discussed in these forward-looking statements are subject to risk, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those made, projected or implied in the forward-looking statements. Please see "Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" for a discussion of the uncertainties, risks and assumptions associated with these statements.

Separation from Abbott

        On October 19, 2011, Abbott announced its plan to separate into two independent public companies, one in diversified medical products and the other in research-based pharmaceuticals. For purposes of this discussion, AbbVie refers to the research-based pharmaceuticals business of Abbott prior to separation. To accomplish this separation, Abbott created a new company, AbbVie Inc. to be the parent company for the research-based pharmaceuticals business. AbbVie Inc. was incorporated in Delaware on April 10, 2012 and is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Abbott. To effect the separation, Abbott will make a pro rata distribution of AbbVie Inc.'s common stock to Abbott's shareholders. The distribution is subject to a number of conditions, including the receipt of a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service to the effect that, among other things, the distribution will qualify as a tax-free transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes. See "The Separation and Distribution" section of this information statement for additional details on these conditions. After the distribution, AbbVie Inc. will operate as an independent, publicly-traded company.

        AbbVie's products are materially consistent with the products sold by Abbott's Proprietary Pharmaceutical Products segment as reported in Abbott's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. In addition, AbbVie's sales include Abbott's contract manufacturing of pharmaceutical products. AbbVie's historical combined financial statements have been prepared on a stand-alone basis and are derived from Abbott's consolidated financial statements and accounting records. The combined financial statements reflect AbbVie's financial position, results of operations, and cash flows as its business was operated as part of Abbott prior to the distribution, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

        The combined financial statements include the allocation of certain assets and liabilities that have historically been held at the Abbott corporate level but which are specifically identifiable or allocable to AbbVie. Cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted funds held by Abbott were not allocated to AbbVie unless the cash or investments were held by an entity that is expected to be transferred to AbbVie. Long-term debt and short-term borrowings were not allocated to AbbVie as none of the debt recorded by Abbott is directly attributable to or guaranteed by AbbVie. All intracompany transactions and accounts have been eliminated. All intercompany transactions between AbbVie and Abbott are considered to be effectively settled in the combined financial statements at the time the transactions are recorded. The total net effect of the settlement of these intercompany transactions is reflected in the combined statement of cash flow as a financing activity and in the combined balance sheet as Net parent company investment in AbbVie.

        The historical financial statements do not necessarily include all of the expenses that would have been incurred had AbbVie been a separate, stand-alone entity and may not necessarily reflect AbbVie's results of operations, financial position and cash flows had AbbVie been a stand-alone company during the periods presented. AbbVie's historical financial statements include an allocation of expenses related

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to certain Abbott corporate functions, including senior management, legal, human resources, finance, information technology, and quality assurance. These expenses have been allocated to AbbVie based on direct usage or benefit where identifiable, with the remainder allocated on a pro rata basis of revenues, headcount, square footage, number of transactions or other measures. AbbVie considers the expense allocation methodology and results to be reasonable for all periods presented. However, the allocations may not be indicative of the actual expenses that would have been incurred had AbbVie operated as an independent, publicly-traded company for the periods presented.

        AbbVie expects to incur additional costs associated with being an independent, publicly-traded company, primarily from higher charges than in the past from Abbott for various services that will continue to be provided on a transition basis and from newly established or expanded corporate functions. AbbVie believes that cash flow from operations will be sufficient to fund these additional corporate expenses.

Overview and Outlook

        AbbVie's revenues are derived primarily from the sale of a broad line of proprietary pharmaceutical products manufactured in AbbVie facilities and by third party manufacturers and sold to customers under short-term receivable arrangements. AbbVie operates in one business segment—pharmaceutical products. Substantially all of AbbVie's U.S. sales are to three wholesalers. Sales in markets outside the U.S. are approximately 45 percent of combined net sales. Patent protection and licenses, efficacy and safety of AbbVie products relative to other pharmaceuticals for a therapeutic category, and inclusion of AbbVie's products under a contract or by a pharmacy benefit manager most impact which products are sold; price controls, competition, and rebates, along with government budgets outside the U.S., most impact the net selling prices of products; and foreign currency translation impacts the measurement of net sales and costs.

        Robust growth of HUMIRA in a broad range of indications, the acquisition of Solvay Group's U.S. pharmaceuticals business and certain other product rights, the loss of patent protection for some pharmaceutical products, a federal government investigation of AbbVie's sales and marketing activities related to Depakote which has now been settled and the challenging economic environment in many countries around the world have impacted AbbVie's sales, costs and financial position over the last three years.

        In 2003, AbbVie began the worldwide launch of HUMIRA for rheumatoid arthritis, followed by launches for five additional indications, which increased HUMIRA's worldwide sales to $7.9 billion in 2011 compared to $6.5 billion in 2010, and $5.6 billion in 2009. In April 2012, HUMIRA received approval from the European Commission for the treatment of moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis in adult patients who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy. AbbVie forecasts low double-digit growth for worldwide HUMIRA sales in 2012. AbbVie is studying additional indications for HUMIRA. Substantial research and development and selling support has been and continues to be dedicated to maximizing the worldwide potential of HUMIRA.

        The acquisition of Solvay's U.S. pharmaceuticals business and certain other product rights for $1.9 billion in February 2010 added several new products, including the U.S. rights to AndroGel and Creon, to AbbVie's portfolio. Increased generic competition resulted in U.S. Depakote sales declining from approximately $330 million in 2009 to approximately $150 million in 2011. Generic competition is expected to begin in the second half of 2012 for TriCor, in the second half of 2013 for Niaspan, and in the second half of 2013 or early 2014 for Trilipix. The decrease in U.S. sales of Zemplar from $592 million in 2009 to $255 million in 2011 reflects the impact of changes in reimbursement regulations resulting from U.S. health care reform legislation. Austerity measures implemented by several European countries reduced health care spending and affected pharmaceutical pricing in those countries in 2011 and 2010 and the impact is expected to continue in 2012.

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        Research and development is focused on therapeutic areas that include immunology, oncology, neuroscience, pain management, virology, renal disease and women's health. During the last three years, AbbVie acquired the rights to various in-process research and development projects, including the development of second-generation oral antioxidant inflammation modulators, a product for the treatment of chronic kidney disease and an oral, next-generation JAK1 inhibitor with the potential to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. The April 2010 acquisition of Facet Biotech also enhanced AbbVie's early and mid-stage pipeline and included a biologic for multiple sclerosis and an oncology compound.

        In 2010, the U.S. government passed health care reform legislation which included an increase in Medicaid rebate rates and the extension of the rebate to drugs provided through Medicaid managed care organizations beginning in 2010. The legislation also imposed annual fees which pharmaceutical manufacturers began paying in 2011, as well as additional rebates related to the Medicare Part D "donut hole" beginning in 2011. The legislation's negative impact on AbbVie's performance grew from more than $200 million in 2010 to approximately $400 million in 2011 and is expected to remain approximately $400 million in 2012. The $400 million in 2011 included approximately $100 million for the annual pharmaceutical manufacturing fee. This fee is not tax-deductible and is included in Selling, general, and administrative expenses.

        During the next few years, AbbVie will focus on several key initiatives. AbbVie will continue maximizing the market potential of HUMIRA and other products, including AndroGel, Lupron, Synthroid, and Creon as well as advancing its research and development pipeline and investing in emerging markets. Research and development efforts will continue to focus a significant portion of expenditures on compounds for immunology, oncology, neuroscience, pain management, virology, renal disease and women's health. Current research and development projects are described in the "Research and Development Programs" section below.

        Subsequent to the separation, AbbVie expects to incur one-time costs primarily to establish certain stand-alone AbbVie functions and information technology systems, further establish its infrastructure outside the U.S. and to complete the separation in certain countries. A portion of these expenditures will be capitalized and depreciated over the assets' useful lives while the remainder will be expensed as incurred, depending on the nature of the cost. AbbVie expects to fund these costs with cash from operating activities.

Critical Accounting Policies

        Revenue Recognition and Sales Rebates—AbbVie recognizes revenue when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, delivery has occurred, the sales price is fixed or determinable, and collectability of the sales price is reasonably assured. Revenue from product sales is recognized when title and risk of loss have passed to the customer.

        Approximately 67 percent of AbbVie's gross revenues are subject to various forms of rebates and allowances that AbbVie records as reductions of revenues at the time of sale. AbbVie provides rebates to pharmacy benefit management companies, state agencies that administer the federal Medicaid program, insurance companies that administer Medicare drug plans, wholesalers, group purchasing organizations, and other government agencies and private entities. Rebate amounts are usually based upon the volume of purchases using contractual or statutory prices for a product. Factors used in the rebate accrual calculations include the identification of which products have been sold subject to a rebate, which customer or government agency price terms apply, and the estimated lag time between sale and payment of a rebate. Using historical trends, adjusted for current changes, AbbVie estimates the amount of the rebate that will be paid, and records the liability as a reduction of gross sales when AbbVie records its sale of the product. Settlement of the rebate generally occurs from two to eight months after sale. AbbVie regularly analyzes the historical rebate trends and makes adjustments to

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reserves for changes in trends and terms of rebate programs. Rebates and chargebacks charged against gross sales in 2011, 2010 and 2009 amounted to approximately $3.7 billion, $3.4 billion and $2.7 billion, respectively, or 25.3 percent, 28.2 percent and 26.0 percent, respectively, based on gross sales of approximately $14.7 billion, $12.1 billion and $10.3 billion, respectively, subject to rebate. A one-percentage point increase in the percentage of rebates to related gross sales would decrease net sales by approximately $147 million in 2011. AbbVie considers a one-percentage point increase to be a reasonably likely increase in the percentage of rebates to related gross sales. Other allowances charged against gross sales were approximately $292 million, $263 million and $215 million for cash discounts in 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively, and $325 million, $190 million and $128 million for returns in 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively. Cash discounts can be reliably estimated. Product returns can be reliably estimated because AbbVie's historical returns are low, and because sales returns terms and other sales terms have remained relatively unchanged for several periods.

        Management analyzes the adequacy of ending rebate accrual balances each quarter. In the U.S., the most significant charges against gross sales are for Medicaid and Medicare rebates, pharmacy benefit manager rebates and wholesaler chargebacks. In order to evaluate the adequacy of the ending accrual balances, management uses both internal and external data to estimate the level of inventory in the distribution channel and the rebate claims processing lag time. External data sources used to estimate the inventory in the distribution channel include inventory levels periodically reported by wholesalers. Management estimates the processing lag time based on periodic sampling of claims data. To estimate the price rebate percentage, systems and calculations are used to track sales by product by customer and to estimate the contractual or statutory price. AbbVie's systems and calculations have developed over time as rebates have become more significant, and AbbVie believes they are reliable.

        The following table is an analysis of the three largest rebate accruals, which comprise approximately 86 percent of the combined rebate provisions charged against revenues in 2011. Remaining rebate provisions charged against gross sales are not significant in the determination of operating earnings. (dollars in millions)

 
  U.S. Pharmaceutical Products  
 
  Medicaid
and
Medicare Rebates
  Pharmacy
Benefit
Manager
Rebates
  Wholesaler
Chargebacks
 

Balance at January 1, 2009

  $ 295   $ 228   $ 146  

Provisions

    563     505     1,134  

Payments

    (506 )   (494 )   (1,120 )
               

Balance at December 31, 2009

    352     239     160  

Provisions

    899     841     1,162  

Payments

    (617 )   (670 )   (1,163 )
               

Balance at December 31, 2010

    634     410     159  

Provisions

    985     831     1,361  

Payments

    (899 )   (735 )   (1,349 )
               

Balance at December 31, 2011

  $ 720   $ 506   $ 171  
               

        Historically, adjustments to prior years' rebate accruals have not been material to net income. AbbVie employs various techniques to verify the accuracy of claims submitted to it, and where possible, works with the organizations submitting claims to gain insight into changes that might affect the rebate amounts. For Medicaid, Medicare and other government agency programs, the calculation of a rebate involves interpretations of relevant regulations, which are subject to challenge or change in interpretation.

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        Income Taxes—In AbbVie's combined financial statements, income tax expense and deferred tax balances have been calculated on a separate tax return basis although AbbVie's operations have historically been included in the tax returns filed by the respective Abbott entities of which the AbbVie business is a part. In the future, as a stand-alone entity, AbbVie will file tax returns on its own behalf and its deferred taxes and effective tax rate may differ from those in the historical periods.

        AbbVie does not maintain an income taxes payable to/from account with Abbott. With the exception of certain entities outside the U.S. that will transfer to AbbVie at separation, AbbVie is deemed to settle current tax balances with the Abbott tax paying entities in the respective jurisdictions. These settlements are reflected as changes in Net parent company investment in AbbVie.

        AbbVie operates in numerous countries where the tax returns of the Abbott entity of which AbbVie is a part are subject to audits and adjustments. Because AbbVie operates worldwide, the nature of the audit items are often very complex, and the objectives of the government auditors can result in a tax on the same income in more than one country. In accordance with the accounting rules relating to the measurement of tax contingencies, in order to recognize an uncertain tax benefit, the taxpayer must conclude that it will more likely than not sustain the position, and the measurement of the benefit is calculated as the largest amount that is more than 50 percent likely to be realized upon resolution of the benefit. Application of these rules requires a significant amount of judgment.

        AbbVie and Abbott will enter into a tax sharing agreement prior to or concurrent with the separation. For tax contingencies prior to the separation, Abbott will indemnify and hold AbbVie harmless if the tax positions are settled for amounts in excess of recorded liabilities, and AbbVie will not benefit if prior tax positions are resolved more favorably than recorded amounts.

        Intangible Assets and Goodwill—AbbVie has acquired and may continue to acquire significant intangible assets in connection with business combinations that AbbVie records at fair value. Transactions involving the purchase or sale of intangible assets occur with some frequency between companies in the pharmaceutical industry and valuations are usually based on a discounted cash flow analysis. The discounted cash flow model requires assumptions about the timing and amount of future net cash flows, risk, cost of capital, terminal values and market participants. Each of these factors can significantly affect the value of the intangible asset. AbbVie engages independent valuation experts who review AbbVie's critical assumptions and calculations for acquisitions of significant intangibles. AbbVie reviews the recoverability of definite-lived intangible assets each quarter using an undiscounted net cash flow approach. If the undiscounted cash flows of an intangible asset are less than the carrying value of an intangible asset, the intangible asset is written down to its fair value, which is usually the discounted cash flow amount. Where cash flows cannot be identified for an individual asset, the review is applied at the lowest level for which cash flows are identifiable. Goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets, which relate to in-process research and development acquired in a business combination, are reviewed for impairment annually or when an event that could result in an impairment occurs. At March 31, 2012, goodwill and other intangible assets totaled $6.2 billion and $2.7 billion, respectively. At December 31, 2011, goodwill and other intangible assets amounted to $6.1 billion and $2.9 billion, respectively, and amortization expense for intangible assets amounted to approximately $764 million in 2011. There were no impairments of goodwill in 2011, 2010 or 2009 and the results of the last impairment test indicated that the fair value of each reporting unit was substantially in excess of its carrying value. In 2011, AbbVie recorded impairment charges of $46 million for certain projects under development.

        Litigation—AbbVie accounts for litigation losses in accordance with FASB Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) No. 450, "Contingencies." Under ASC No. 450, loss contingency provisions are recorded for probable losses at management's best estimate of a loss, or when a best estimate cannot be made, a minimum loss contingency amount is recorded. These estimates are often initially developed substantially earlier than the ultimate loss is known, and the estimates are refined each accounting

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period as additional information becomes known. Accordingly, AbbVie is often initially unable to develop a best estimate of loss, and therefore the minimum amount, which could be zero, is recorded. As information becomes known, either the minimum loss amount is increased, resulting in additional loss provisions, or a best estimate can be made, also resulting in additional loss provisions. Occasionally, a best estimate amount is changed to a lower amount when events result in an expectation of a more favorable outcome than previously expected. Reserves of approximately $1.6 billion have been recorded at March 31, 2012 and represent management's best estimate of probable loss, as defined by ASC No. 450.

        Pension and Post-Employment Benefits—AbbVie employees participate in various pension and post-employment health care plans sponsored by Abbott. In AbbVie's financial statements, these plans are accounted for as multiemployer benefit plans and no liabilities have been reflected in AbbVie's combined balance sheets as there were no unfunded contributions due at the end of any reporting period. At the separation date, AbbVie expects to record the net benefit plan obligations transferred from Abbott. See "Unaudited Pro Forma Combined Financial Statements" for additional information. AbbVie's combined statements of earnings include expense allocations for these benefits. These expenses were funded through intercompany transactions with Abbott which are reflected within Net parent company investment in AbbVie.

        Certain pension plans in AbbVie's German and U.S. operations are direct obligations of AbbVie and are recorded in the combined financial statements. AbbVie engages outside actuaries to assist in the determination of the obligations and costs under these plans. AbbVie must develop long-term assumptions, the most significant of which are the discount rates and the expected return on plan assets. At December 31, 2011, pretax net actuarial losses and prior service costs recognized in Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) for these plans were losses of $98 million. Actuarial losses and gains are amortized over the remaining service attribution periods of the employees under the corridor method, in accordance with the rules for accounting for post-employment benefits. Differences between the expected long-term return on plan assets and the actual annual return are amortized over a five-year period.

Results of Operations—Years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009

        Net sales increased 11.6 percent in 2011 and 10.0 percent in 2010. U.S. net sales increased 8.2 percent in 2011 and 10.7 percent in 2010. Net sales outside the U.S. increased 16.0 percent in 2011 and 9.1 percent in 2010. Increases in net sales in 2011 and 2010 reflect primarily unit growth, the acquisition of Solvay's U.S. pharmaceutical business on February 15, 2010 and the favorable effect of exchange.

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        The following table details the sales of key products. Percent changes are versus the prior year and are based on unrounded numbers.

 
  Year Ended December 31   % Change   % Change Attributable
to Exchange
 
 
  2011   2010   2009   2011 vs. 2010   2010 vs. 2009   2011 vs. 2010   2010 vs. 2009  
 
  (dollars in millions)
 

HUMIRA

                                           

U.S. 

  $ 3,427   $ 2,872   $ 2,520     19     14          

Non-U.S. 

    4,505     3,636     3,042     24     20     7     1  

Total

    7,932     6,508     5,562     22     17     4      

TriCor/Trilipix

                                           

U.S. 

    1,372     1,355     1,337     1     1          

Kaletra

                                           

U.S. 

    326     363     447     (10 )   (19 )        

Non-U.S. 

    844     860     926     (2 )   (7 )   4      

Total

    1,170     1,223     1,373     (4 )   (11 )   3      

Niaspan

                                           

U.S. 

    976     927     855     5     8          

AndroGel

                                           

U.S. 

    874     649         35     n/m         n/m  

Lupron

                                           

U.S. 

    540     483     540     12     (11 )        

Non-U.S. 

    270     258     263     4     (2 )   5     4  

Total

    810     741     803     9     (8 )   2     1  

Synagis

                                           

U.S. 

    17     16     39     5     (58 )        

Non-U.S. 

    775     710     663     9     7     5     4  

Total

    792     726     702     9     3     4     4  

Sevoflurane

                                           

U.S. 

    88     126     160     (30 )   (21 )        

Non-U.S. 

    577     538     561     7     (4 )   4     2  

Total

    665     664     721         (8 )   3     1  

Synthroid

                                           

U.S. 

    522     451     415     16     9          

Norvir

                                           

U.S. 

    289     241     246     20     (2 )        

Non-U.S. 

    130     103     103     27         5      

Total

    419     344     349     21     (2 )   2      

Zemplar

                                           

U.S. 

    255     476     592     (46 )   (20 )        

Non-U.S. 

    154     120     108     28     11     3     (2 )

Total

    409     596     700     (31 )   (15 )   1      

Creon

                                           

U.S. 

    332     246         35     n/m         n/m  

n/m—Percent change is not meaningful

        Continued penetration in major markets across the world and market growth drove sales increases for HUMIRA in all three years. HUMIRA had approval to market for six indications during the 2009 - 2011 period. In April 2012, HUMIRA received approval from the European Commission for the

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treatment of moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis in adult patients who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy.

        AbbVie acquired AndroGel in the acquisition of Solvay's U.S. pharmaceuticals business in February 2010. AndroGel holds the number one share position in the U.S. testosterone replacement market where 2011 growth was driven by increasing diagnosis and treatment of low testosterone. In April 2011, AbbVie received U.S. FDA approval for AndroGel 1.62%, a low-volume formulation, and AndroGel 1.62% gained market share during the second half of 2011.

        The 2011 increase in U.S. sales of Lupron was partially due to strong performance by the six-month formulation of Lupron Depot that was approved in 2011. The 2010 decrease in U.S. sales of Lupron was due to lower price and demand.

        U.S. sales of Sevoflurane were impacted by generic competition in 2011 and 2010. U.S. sales of Zemplar in 2011 and 2010 were impacted by changes in reimbursement regulations resulting from U.S. health care reform legislation. Worldwide sales of Kaletra in all three years were negatively affected by market competition. The decreases in U.S. sales of Depakote reflect the impact of generic competition which began in 2008.

        AbbVie has periodically sold product rights to non-strategic products and has recorded the related gains in net sales in accordance with AbbVie's revenue recognition policies as discussed in Note 2 to the combined financial statements. Sales of product rights were not material in 2011, 2010 or 2009.

        The expiration of licenses, patent protection and generic competition can affect the future revenues and operating income of AbbVie. There are currently no significant patent or license expirations in the next three years. However, AbbVie has agreements with generic manufacturers that will permit generic competition for certain products in the future. Under a license agreement for TriCor 145 mg, generic competition is expected in the second half of 2012. Under a license agreement for Trilipix 45 mg and 135 mg, generic competition may begin in January 2014 except that under certain circumstances the license may commence as early as July 2013. Under an agreement relating to AbbVie's niacin products acquired with the Kos Pharmaceuticals acquisition, Niaspan may become subject to generic competition in September 2013. 2011 sales of TriCor, Trilipix and Niaspan were $987 million, $385 million and $976 million, respectively. AndroGel 1% sales are expected to be impacted by generic competition in 2015.

Operating Earnings

        Gross profit margins were 73.4 percent of net sales in 2011, 72.5 percent in 2010 and 71.5 percent in 2009. The increases in gross profit margin were due, in part, to improved efficiencies and favorable product mix. In the U.S., various governmental rebate programs continue to have a negative effect on the gross profit margins. The 2010 health care reform legislation in the U.S. resulted in increased and additional Medicaid rebates beginning in 2010 and in additional rebates related to the Medicare Part D "donut hole" beginning in 2011 which negatively affected AbbVie's business. The negative impact of the rebates resulting from the 2010 health care reform legislation grew from more than $200 million in 2010 to approximately $300 million in 2011.

        Research and development expense was $2.6 billion in 2011, $2.5 billion in 2010 and $1.7 billion in 2009 and represented increases of 4.9 percent in 2011 and 46.1 percent in 2010. The increase in 2010 reflects the acquisitions of Solvay's U.S. pharmaceuticals business in February 2010 and Facet Biotech Corporation in April 2010. The increases in 2011 and 2010 also reflect continued pipeline spending, including programs for immunology, oncology, neuroscience, pain management, virology, renal disease and women's health.

        Selling, general and administrative expenses totaled $5.9 billion in 2011, $3.8 billion in 2010 and $3.3 billion in 2009 and represented increases of 54.3 percent in 2011 and 14.1 percent in 2010. The

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U.S. Department of Justice through the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia investigated AbbVie's sales and marketing activities for Depakote. In 2011, AbbVie recorded a litigation charge of $1.5 billion related to ongoing settlement discussions in this investigation. Excluding the litigation charge, selling, general and administrative expenses increased 14.8 percent in 2011. The 2011 increase reflects approximately $100 million for the annual fee which pharmaceutical manufacturers began paying in 2011 under the 2010 U.S. health care reform legislation. The increase in 2010 reflects the acquisition of Solvay's U.S. pharmaceuticals business in 2010. The remaining increases in selling, general and administrative expenses were due primarily to increased selling and marketing support for new and existing products, including continued spending for HUMIRA, and inflation.

Other (income) expense, net

        Other (income) expense, net, for 2011 includes $56 million of fair value adjustments and accretion of contingent consideration related to the acquisition of Solvay's U.S. pharmaceuticals business. Other (income) expense, net, for 2009 includes the derecognition of a contingent liability of $797 million associated with the conclusion of the TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc. joint venture in 2008. The contingent liability was established as AbbVie agreed to remit cash to Takeda if certain research and development events were not achieved on the development assets retained by Takeda. In 2009, the research and development events were achieved and the contingent liability was derecognized. Other (income) expense, net, for 2011, 2010 and 2009 also includes ongoing contractual payments from Takeda associated with the conclusion of the TAP joint venture.

Taxes on Earnings

        The income tax rates on earnings were 6.4 percent in 2011, 13.6 percent in 2010 and 22.1 percent in 2009. Taxes on earnings in 2011 reflect the non-deductibility of a litigation reserve and the recognition of $411 million of tax benefits as a result of the favorable resolution of various tax positions pertaining to prior years. Excluding these discrete items, the effective tax rates are less than the statutory U.S. federal income tax rate of 35 percent principally due to the benefit of lower statutory tax rates and tax exemptions in Puerto Rico and other foreign taxing jurisdictions that reduced the tax rates by 25.4, 22.5, and 14.8 percentage points in 2011, 2010, and 2009, respectively. The tax rate reductions are primarily derived from operations in Puerto Rico where AbbVie benefits from a combination of favorable statutory tax rules, tax rulings, grants, and exemptions. AbbVie believes that it is reasonably possible that the recorded amount of gross unrecognized tax benefits may decrease by up to $250 million, including cash payments, within the next twelve months as a result of concluding various domestic and international tax matters.

        In October 2010, Puerto Rico enacted legislation that assesses an excise tax beginning in 2011 on certain products manufactured in Puerto Rico. The tax is levied on gross inventory purchases from entities in Puerto Rico and is included in inventory cost. The tax is creditable for U.S. income tax purposes. In 2011, Cost of products sold included approximately $105 million related to this tax.

Research and Development Programs

        AbbVie currently has numerous pharmaceutical products in development.

        The research and development process generally begins with discovery research which focuses on the identification of a molecule that has a desired effect against a given disease. If preclinical testing of an identified compound proves successful, the compound moves into clinical development which generally includes the following phases:

    Phase I—involves the first human tests in a small number of healthy volunteers or patients to assess safety, tolerability and potential dosing.

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    Phase II—tests the molecule's efficacy against the disease in a relatively small group of patients.

    Phase III—tests a molecule that demonstrates favorable results in the earlier phases in a significantly larger patient population to further demonstrate efficacy and safety based on regulatory criteria.

        The clinical trials from all of the development phases provide the data required to prepare and submit a New Drug Application (NDA), a Biological License Application (BLA) or other submission for regulatory approval to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or similar government agencies outside the U.S. The specific requirements (e.g., scope of clinical trials) for obtaining regulatory approval vary across different countries and geographic regions.

        The research and development process from discovery through a new drug launch typically takes 8 - 12 years and can be even longer. There is a significant amount of uncertainty inherent in the research and development of new pharmaceutical products and there is no guarantee when, or if, a molecule will receive the regulatory approval required to launch a new drug or indication.

        In addition to the development of new products and new formulations, research and development projects also may include Phase IV trials, sometimes called post-marketing studies. For such projects, clinical trials are designed and conducted to collect additional data regarding, among other parameters, the benefits and risks of an approved drug.

        AbbVie's significant areas of therapeutic focus include the following:

        Virology—AbbVie's antiviral program is focused on developing treatments for hepatitis C and Phase III development is expected to start in 2013 for combinations of ABT-450, part of the Enanta collaboration, polymerase inhibitor ABT-333, and ABT-267, a NS5A inhibitor.

        Renal Disease—In 2010, AbbVie entered into an agreement with Reata Pharmaceuticals for ex-U.S. rights, excluding certain Asian markets, to bardoxolone, an investigational treatment for chronic kidney disease (CKD). A global Phase III trial was initiated in June 2011. A global Phase IIb study was initiated for atrasentan in June 2011.

        Neuroscience/Pain—AbbVie is focused on the development of compounds that target receptors in the brain that help regulate neurological functions to address conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, pain, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis (MS). These efforts include four compounds directed toward the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The ABT-126 Phase IIb program began in March 2012, ABT-354 is to enter Phase IIa in late 2012 or early 2013, ABT-363 is to complete Phase I in late 2012, and ABT-957 started Phase I in March 2012. Daclizumab, a monoclonal antibody, is in ongoing Phase III clinical trials for relapsing remitting MS. ABT-110 is under development for the treatment of multiple pain indications with Phase IIa clinical trials expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2012. A levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) is completing its Phase III program for Parkinson's disease and a U.S. registration submission is expected in the second half of 2012. The latter product is sold under the Duodopa name outside the U.S.

        Oncology—AbbVie is focused on the development of targeted treatments that inhibit tumor growth and improve responses to common cancer therapies. AbbVie has new molecular entities in development for more than a dozen types of cancer including:

    Veliparib (ABT-888), a PARP-inhibitor, for which Phase II is ongoing for a number of specific tumor types.

    Elotuzumab under a collaboration agreement acquired as part of the Facet Biotech acquisition in 2010. Phase III development of elotuzumab for the treatment of multiple myeloma began in June 2011.

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    ABT-199, a next-generation Bcl-2 inhibitor currently in Phase I development being studied for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL).

        Women's Health—In 2010, AbbVie entered into a collaboration agreement with Neurocrine Biosciences to develop and commercialize elagolix, an oral gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist, for the treatment of endometriosis-related pain and uterine fibroids. A Phase III study in endometriosis is expected to begin by mid-2012 and a Phase IIa study for uterine fibroids was initiated in November 2011.

        Immunology—Projects are ongoing to identify new mechanisms with the potential to treat an array of immune-mediated diseases. Projects include early stage work in oral DMARD therapies and a number of biologic candidates. ABT-122 and ABT-981 are both dual variable domain immunoglobulins in Phase I clinical trials with potential to be disease modifying anti-arthritic drugs.

        In the first quarter of 2012, AbbVie entered into a global collaboration with Galapagos to develop and commercialize an oral, next-generation JAK1 inhibitor currently in Phase II development with the potential to treat multiple autoimmune diseases. In the fourth quarter of 2011, AbbVie entered into a collaboration with Reata Pharmaceuticals for the joint development and commercialization of second-generation, oral antioxidant inflammation modulators. Phase II clinical trials for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis are ongoing for AbbVie's anti-CD4 biologic, BT-061, under a collaboration with Biotest.

        Additional indications of HUMIRA have registration submissions under review, including ankylosing spondylitis in China where the registration was submitted in September 2011 and pediatric Crohn's disease where the European Union registration was submitted in October 2011 and the U.S. submission is expected in mid-2012. For ulcerative colitis, European Union approval was obtained April 4, 2012, the registration submission in Japan was made in March 2012, and the U.S. submission was made to the FDA in January 2011. Phase III trials are ongoing for uveitis in the U.S., EU and Japan, peripheral spondyloarthritis in the U.S. and EU, hidradenitis suppurativa in the U.S. and EU, and for intestinal Behcet's disease in Japan. The registration submission for axial spondyloarthritis was made in the EU in July 2011 and is expected to be made in the U.S. in late 2012. Approval for juvenile idiopathic arthritis was obtained in July 2011 for Japan.

        In 2011, new formulations of some of AbbVie's existing pharmaceutical products were approved, including the 6-month and 3-month strengths of Lupron Depot in the U.S. in June and August, respectively. A new strength for Creon was approved in the U.S. in June and AndroGel 1.62% was approved in April in the U.S.

        Given the numerous sources for potential future growth, no individual project is expected to be material to cash flows or results of operations over the next five years. Factors considered included research and development expenses projected to be incurred for the project over the next year relative to AbbVie's total research and development expenses as well as qualitative factors, such as marketplace perceptions and impact of a new product on AbbVie's overall market position. There were no delays in AbbVie's 2011 research and development activities that are expected to have a material impact on operations.

        While the aggregate cost to complete the numerous pharmaceutical projects currently in development is expected to be material, the total cost to complete will depend upon AbbVie's ability to successfully complete each project, the rate at which each project advances, and the ultimate timing for completion. Given the potential for significant delays and the high rate of failure inherent in the research and development of new pharmaceutical products, it is not possible to accurately estimate the total cost to complete all projects currently in development. However, AbbVie plans to continue to manage its portfolio of projects to achieve research and development spend equal to approximately 13 percent to 14 percent of sales each year. AbbVie does not regularly accumulate or make

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management decisions based on the total expenses incurred for a particular development phase in a given period.

        Generally, AbbVie seeks to obtain various forms of exclusivity for each product in development. AbbVie obtains patent protection, where available, in all significant markets and/or countries for each product in development. Additionally, AbbVie also seeks to obtain other forms of legal or regulatory exclusivity that would protect the product upon approval. These forms of regulatory exclusivity have a variety of terms, from 3, 5 to 7 years in the United States and up to 10 years in the European Union. This regulatory exclusivity is granted upon the approval of each development project. In certain instances, regulatory exclusivity may protect a product where patent protection is no longer available or for a period of time in excess of patent protection. The availability and length of such regulatory exclusivity is based, in part, on the length of the regulatory review process and can only be determined upon product approval. It is not possible to estimate for each product in development the total period of exclusivity that will be obtained if regulatory approval is obtained.

        Generally, upon approval, products in development may be entitled to exclusivity. AbbVie seeks patent protection, where available, in all significant markets and/or countries for each product in development. In the United States, the expiration date for patents filed on or after June 8, 1995 is 20 years after the filing date. Given that patents relating to pharmaceutical products are often obtained early in the development process and given the amount of time needed to complete clinical trials and other development activities required for regulatory approval, the length of time between product launch and patent expiration is significantly less than 20 years if a product in development ultimately obtains regulatory approval. The Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984 (commonly known as the Hatch-Waxman Act) permits a patent holder to seek a patent extension commonly called a patent term restoration for patents on products (or processes for making the product) regulated by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The calculation of the patent extension is roughly based on 50 percent of the period of time extending from the filing of an Investigational New Drug application to the submission of the NDA, plus 100 percent of the time period from NDA submission to regulatory approval. The extension, however, cannot exceed 5 years and the remaining patent term after regulatory approval cannot exceed 14 years. Only one patent related to the first commercial marketing of a newly approved pharmaceutical product is eligible for a patent term restoration.

        Additionally, products may be entitled to obtain other forms of legal or regulatory exclusivity upon approval. These forms of regulatory exclusivity have a variety of terms in the United States and are variable in other jurisdictions. In the United States, when the FDA approves a new chemical entity that it has not previously approved alone or in combination with other chemical entities, the product is granted 5 years of regulatory exclusivity. The FDA may grant 3 years of market exclusivity for an NDA, including supplementary applications, if the application contains reports of new clinical investigations that have not previously been relied upon by the FDA. If the FDA grants pediatric exclusivity, the longest existing exclusivity (patent or regulatory) related to the product would be extended by 180 days. If the FDA designates a product as an orphan drug that is either used to treat conditions that afflict a relatively small population or for which there is not a reasonable expectation that the research and development costs will be recovered, the FDA may grant 7 years of exclusivity.

        This regulatory exclusivity is granted upon the approval of each development project. In certain instances, regulatory exclusivity may protect a product where patent protection is no longer available or for a period of time in excess of patent protection. It is not possible to estimate for each product in development the total period of exclusivity that will be granted if regulatory approval is obtained. However, given the length of time required to complete clinical development of a pharmaceutical product, the minimum and maximum periods of exclusivity that might be achieved in any individual case would not be expected to exceed 3 and 14 years, respectively. These estimates do not consider other factors, such as the difficulty of recreating the manufacturing process for a particular product or

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other proprietary knowledge that may provide some level of additional protection against generic incursion.

Business Combinations, Technology Acquisitions and Related Transactions

        In February 2010, AbbVie acquired Solvay's U.S. pharmaceuticals business and certain other product rights for approximately $1.9 billion, in cash, plus additional payments of up to EUR 100 million per year if certain sales milestones are met in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Contingent consideration of approximately $290 million was recorded. The acquisition of Solvay's U.S. pharmaceuticals business provides AbbVie with a complementary pharmaceutical product portfolio including the U.S. rights to AndroGel and Creon, worldwide rights to Duodopa and various research and development projects. AbbVie acquired control of this business on February 15, 2010 and the financial results of the acquired operations are included in AbbVie's results of operations beginning on that date. Net sales for the acquired operations were approximately $1.1 billion for 2010. If the acquisition had taken place on January 1, 2009, AbbVie's 2009 net sales would have increased by approximately $1 billion and net earnings would not have been significantly different from the reported amount with the inclusion of intangible amortization, as well as acquisition, integration and restructuring expenses. The acquisition was funded with cash and short-term investments. The allocation of the fair value of the acquisition is shown in the table below (in billions of dollars).

Acquired intangible assets, non-deductible

  $ 1.8  

Goodwill, non-deductible

    0.4  

Acquired in-process research and development, non-deductible

    0.5  

Deferred income taxes recorded at acquisition

    (0.5 )
       

Total allocation of fair value

  $ 2.2  
       

        Acquired intangible assets consist primarily of product rights for currently marketed products and are amortized over 2 to 13 years (average of 8 years). Acquired in-process research and development projects are accounted for as indefinite lived intangible assets until regulatory approval or discontinuation.

        In April 2010, AbbVie acquired the outstanding shares of Facet Biotech Corporation (Facet) for approximately $430 million, in cash, net of cash held by Facet. The acquisition enhances AbbVie's early-and mid-stage pharmaceutical pipeline, including daclizumab, a biologic for multiple sclerosis and an oncology compound. A substantial portion of the fair value of the acquisition, including $381 million for daclizumab, has been allocated to acquired in-process research and development projects that are accounted for as indefinite-lived intangible assets until regulatory approval or discontinuation.

        Except for the acquisition of the Solvay pharmaceutical business, had the above acquisitions taken place on January 1 of the previous year, combined net sales and income would not have been significantly different from reported amounts.

        During 2010 and 2011, AbbVie entered into a series of transactions with Reata Pharmaceuticals which included (1) a collaboration agreement for the joint development and commercialization of second generation oral antioxidant inflammation modulators resulting in a charge to acquired in-process and collaborations research and development of $400 million in 2011, (2) an agreement to acquire licensing rights outside the U.S., excluding certain Asian markets, to a product in development for the treatment of chronic kidney disease resulting in a charge to acquired in-process and collaborations research and development of $238 million in 2010 and (3) the acquisition of equity interests in Reata of $62 million each in 2011 and 2010. In 2011, certain milestones were achieved in the development for the treatment of chronic kidney disease and charges to acquired in-process and collaborations research and development of $188 million were recorded. In the first quarter of 2012, $50 million of research and development expense was recorded related to the achievement of a clinical

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development milestone under this agreement. Additional payments of up to $200 million could be required for the achievement of certain development and regulatory milestones associated with the chronic kidney disease compound in development.

        In 2011, AbbVie entered into an agreement with Biotest AG to develop and commercialize a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis resulting in a charge to acquired in-process and collaborations research and development of $85 million. Additional payments totaling up to $395 million based on projected regulatory approval timelines could be required for the achievement of certain development, regulatory and commercial milestones under this agreement. In 2010, AbbVie entered into an agreement with Neurocrine Biosciences to develop and commercialize a product for the treatment of endometriosis resulting in a charge to acquired in-process and collaborations research and development of $75 million. Additional payments of approximately $500 million could be required for the achievement of certain development, regulatory and commercial milestones under this agreement. In 2009, AbbVie acquired the global rights to a novel biologic for the treatment of chronic pain for $170 million resulting in a charge to acquired in-process and collaborations research and development.

Goodwill

        At December 31, 2011, goodwill recorded as a result of business combinations totaled $6.1 billion. Goodwill is reviewed for impairment annually or when an event that could result in an impairment occurs. The results of the impairment tests performed during 2011, 2010, and 2009 indicated that the estimated fair value of each reporting unit was substantially in excess of its carrying value.

Transition from Abbott and Cost to Operate as an Independent Company

        The combined financial statements reflect the operating results and financial position of AbbVie as it was operated by Abbott, rather than as an independent company. AbbVie will incur additional ongoing operating expenses to operate as an independent company. These costs will include the cost of various corporate headquarters functions, incremental information technology-related costs, and incremental costs to operate a stand-alone back office infrastructure outside the U.S. In order to establish these stand-alone functions, information technology systems, and back office infrastructure, AbbVie will also incur non-recurring expenses and non-recurring capital expenditures.

        The operating costs of various information technology systems maintained by Abbott has been allocated to AbbVie on bases which management believes are reasonable. Included in these allocations is AbbVie's proportionate share of fixed operating costs. As an independent company, AbbVie's information technology operating costs may be higher than the costs allocated in the historical combined financial statements. In addition, AbbVie will incur non-recurring expenses and capital expenditures to establish its independent information technology systems.

        In markets outside the U.S., AbbVie does not currently have sufficient back office infrastructure to operate without a transition service agreement with Abbott. Abbott will likely provide some level of infrastructure support to AbbVie in certain countries for up to two years after the separation. During the transition from Abbott, AbbVie will incur non-recurring expenses to expand its international infrastructure. In addition, in certain international markets, the marketing authorizations to sell AbbVie's products will continue to be held by Abbott post-separation until the authorizations can be transferred through the applicable regulatory channels.

        It is not practicable to estimate the costs that would have been incurred in each of the periods presented in the historical financial statements for the functions described above. Actual costs that would have been incurred if AbbVie operated as a stand-alone company during these periods would have depended on various factors, including organizational design, outsourcing and other strategic decisions related to corporate functions, information technology, and international back office infrastructure.

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Results of Operations—Three Months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011

        Net sales increased 7.1 percent for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2011. The increase reflects primarily unit growth partially offset by the unfavorable effect of exchange. U.S. net sales increased 7.0 percent and net sales outside the U.S. increased 7.2 percent.

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        A comparison of significant product group sales for the three months ended March 31 is as follows. Percent changes are versus the prior year and are based on unrounded numbers.

 
  Three Months ended
March 31
  % Change   % Change Attributable
to Exchange
 
 
  2012   2011   2012 vs. 2011   2011 vs. 2010   2012 vs. 2011   2011 vs. 2010  
 
  (dollars in millions)
 

HUMIRA

                                     

U.S. 

  $ 773   $ 630     23     16          

Non-U.S. 

    1,161     1,016     14     19     (3 )    

Total

    1,934     1,646     17     18     (2 )    

TriCor/Trilipix

                                     

U.S. 

    254     289     (12 )   4          

Kaletra

                                     

U.S. 

    55     64     (15 )   (10 )        

Non-U.S. 

    166     184     (10 )   (17 )   (3 )    

Total

    221     248     (11 )   (15 )   (2 )    

Niaspan

                                     

U.S. 

    191     226     (15 )   11          

AndroGel

                                     

U.S. 

    232     188     23     n/m          

Lupron

                                     

U.S. 

    141     119     18     11          

Non-U.S. 

    58     65     (10 )   1     (2 )   3  

Total

    199     184     8     7     (1 )   1  

Synagis

                                     

U.S. 

    4     4         (58 )        

Non-U.S. 

    346     325     7     7         4  

Total

    350     329     7     5         4  

Sevoflurane

                                     

U.S. 

    14     12     19     (54 )        

Non-U.S. 

    142     141     1     3     (3 )    

Total

    156     153     2     (6 )   (2 )    

Synthroid

                                     

U.S. 

    129     117     11     19          

Norvir

                                     

U.S. 

    54     44     21     7          

Non-U.S. 

    29     29     2     24     (3 )    

Total

    83     73     13     13     (1 )    

Zemplar

                                     

U.S. 

    53     55     (5 )   (47 )        

Non-U.S. 

    37     36     4     24     (4 )   (3 )

Total

    90     91     (1 )   (32 )   (1 )   (1 )

Creon

                                     

U.S. 

    68     64     6     n/m          

n/m—Percent change is not meaningful

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have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy. With this approval, HUMIRA became the first and only self-injectable biologic therapy for the treatment of moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis in adults. The approval also marked the seventh indication for HUMIRA in the European Union.

        The increase in AndroGel sales reflects higher prices, market share gains, the launch of AndroGel 1.62% in the second quarter of 2011, and volume growth in the U.S. testosterone replacement market where AndroGel holds the number one market share position. The growth in Lupron sales is partially due to strong performance by the six-month formulation of Lupron Depot that was approved in 2011. Synthroid sales increased 11 percent despite the presence of generic competition in the U.S. since 2004.

        The decline in TriCor, Trilipix, and Niaspan sales reflects softness in the overall branded cholesterol market, as well as continued impact from the 2011 results of the ACCORD and AIM-HIGH studies. The decline in Kaletra revenues is primarily due to lower market share in various countries due to the impact of competition.

Operating Earnings

        The gross profit margin increased to 72.3 percent in the first quarter 2012 from 69.0 percent for the first quarter 2011 primarily due to favorable product mix, improved efficiencies and higher prices in the U.S., partially offset by pricing pressures in various other markets. It also reflects the positive impact in 2012 of 2011 restructuring programs to realign various manufacturing operations.

        Research and development expense increased 9.3 percent in the first quarter 2012 over the first quarter 2011. The increase reflects continued pipeline spending on programs in biologics, neuroscience, oncology, and virology as well as a $50 million research and development milestone payment related to a product in development for the treatment of chronic kidney disease.

        Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 5.9 percent in the first quarter 2012 over the first quarter 2011. This increase reflects a charge of approximately $100 million related to the government's investigation of AbbVie's sales and marketing activities related to Depakote, higher selling and marketing support for existing products, and inflation.

Business and Technology Acquisitions

        In the first quarter of 2012, AbbVie recorded a charge to acquired in-process and collaborations research and development of $150 million as a result of entering into a global collaboration to develop and commercialize an oral, next-generation JAK1 inhibitor in Phase II development with the potential to treat multiple autoimmune diseases. Additional payments of approximately $1.2 billion could be required for the achievement of certain development, regulatory and commercial milestones under this agreement. In the fourth quarter of 2011, AbbVie entered into a collaboration for the joint development and commercialization of second-generation oral antioxidant inflammation modulators resulting in a charge to acquired in-process and collaborations research and development of $400 million which was paid in the first quarter of 2012. In connection with the acquisition of Solvay's U.S. pharmaceuticals business, the achievement of a certain sales milestone resulted in a payment of approximately $134 million in the first quarter of 2012 for which a liability was previously established.

        In 2010, AbbVie entered into an agreement to acquire licensing rights outside the U.S., excluding certain Asian markets, to a product in development for the treatment of chronic kidney disease. In the first quarter of 2011, certain milestones were achieved resulting in the recording of $100 million of acquired in-process and collaborations research and development. In the first quarter of 2012, $50 million of research and development expense was recorded related to the achievement of a clinical development milestone under this agreement.

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Taxes on Earnings

        Taxes on earnings reflect the estimated annual effective rates. The effective tax rates are less than the statutory U.S. federal income tax rate principally due to the benefit of lower statutory tax rates and tax exemptions in non-U.S. taxing jurisdictions. AbbVie believes that it is reasonably possible that the recorded amount of gross unrecognized tax benefits may decrease by up to $250 million, including cash payments, within the next twelve months as a result of concluding various domestic and international tax matters. Additional cash payments as a result of concluding these various tax matters beyond what is already on deposit with the tax authorities is not expected to be material.

Financial Condition—As of December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009 and as of March 31, 2012 and 2011

Liquidity and Capital Resources Overview

        Historically, AbbVie has generated and expects to continue to generate positive cash flow from operations. Cash flows related to financing activities reflect changes in Abbott's investment in AbbVie. Transfers of cash to and from Abbott are reflected as a component of Net parent company investment in AbbVie in the combined balance sheets. AbbVie has not reported cash or cash equivalents or short-term investment securities on its balance sheet for the periods presented except for the restricted funds discussed below and for cash and short-term investment securities held by a legal entity that will transfer to AbbVie.

        Subsequent to the separation, AbbVie will no longer participate in cash management and funding arrangements with Abbott. AbbVie's ability to fund its operations and capital needs will depend on its ongoing ability to generate cash from operations and access to capital markets. AbbVie believes that its future cash from operations and access to capital markets will provide adequate resources to fund its working capital needs, dividends, capital expenditures, and strategic investments.

Cash Flow

        Net cash from operating activities amounted to $1.6 billion and $1.3 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Net cash from operating activities amounted to $6.2 billion, $5.0 billion and $5.4 billion in 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively. Trade accounts payable and other liabilities in Net cash from operating activities in 2011 includes the non-cash impact of a litigation reserve of $1.5 billion.

        The United States Department of Justice, through the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, investigated AbbVie's previous sales and marketing activities for Depakote. AbbVie recorded non-cash charges of $1.5 billion in the third quarter of 2011 and $100 million in the first quarter of 2012. In May 2012, AbbVie reached resolution of all of the Depakote-related federal claims, Medicaid-related claims with 49 states and the District of Columbia, and consumer protection claims with 45 states and the District of Columbia. The settlement of the federal claims is subject to approval by the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Payment of the settlement is expected to be material to cash flows in 2012.

Debt and Capital

        AbbVie intends to enter into certain financing arrangements prior to or in connection with the separation.

        The judgment entered in 2009 by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against AbbVie in its litigation with New York University and Centocor, Inc. required AbbVie to secure the judgment in the event that its appeal to the Federal Circuit court was unsuccessful in overturning the district court's decision. In the first quarter of 2010, AbbVie deposited $1.87 billion with an escrow agent and considered these assets to be restricted. On February 23, 2011, the Federal Circuit reversed

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the district court's final judgment and found Centocor's patent invalid. On April 25, 2011, Centocor petitioned the Federal Circuit to rehear and reconsider the decision. In June 2011 the Federal Circuit denied Centocor's petition and the restrictions on the funds were lifted.

Working Capital

        At March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 and 2010, working capital was $1.2 billion, $1.5 billion and $4.5 billion, respectively. The decrease in working capital in 2011 was due to the release of restricted funds and an increase in litigation reserves.

        Substantially all of AbbVie's trade receivables in Greece, Portugal, Italy, and Spain are with governmental health systems. Given the economic conditions and sovereign debt issues in these countries, the time it takes to collect outstanding receivables increased in 2011. With the exception of Greece, AbbVie historically has collected almost all of the outstanding receivables in these countries. The table below summarizes the total outstanding net governmental trade receivables in each country and the amount over a year past due at December 31, 2011 and 2010. (dollars in millions)

 
  Total
Outstanding
  Amount Over
One Year
Past Due
 
 
  2011   2010   2011   2010  

Spain

  $ 589   $ 439   $ 240   $ 119  

Italy

    372     265     42     31  

Portugal

    121     91     31     21  

Greece

    44     90     2     41  
                   

Total

  $ 1,126   $ 885   $ 315   $ 212  
                   

        AbbVie continues to monitor the credit worthiness of customers located in these and other geographic areas and establishes an allowance against trade receivables when it is probable that the balance will not be collected. In addition to closely monitoring economic conditions and budgetary and other fiscal developments in these countries, AbbVie regularly communicates with its customers regarding the status of receivable balances, including their payment plans and obtains positive confirmation of the validity of the receivables. AbbVie also monitors the potential for and periodically has utilized factoring arrangements to mitigate credit risk although the receivables included in such arrangements have historically not been a material amount of total outstanding receivables. If government funding were to become unavailable in these countries or if significant adverse changes in their reimbursement practices were to occur, AbbVie may not be able to collect the entire balance.

Capital Expenditures

        Capital expenditures of $162 million in 2012 (three months), $356 million in 2011, $448 million in 2010 and $313 million in 2009 were principally for upgrading and expanding manufacturing, research and development, investments in information technology and administrative support facilities.

Restructurings

        In 2011 and prior years, AbbVie management approved plans to realign its worldwide manufacturing operations and selected domestic and international commercial and research and development operations in order to reduce costs. In 2011 and 2009, AbbVie recorded charges of approximately $160 million and $27 million, respectively, employee severance and other related charges. Approximately $42 million in 2011 is classified as Cost of products sold, $69 million as Research and development and $49 million as Selling, general and administrative. Approximately $27 million was

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classified in 2009 as Selling, general and administrative. The following summarizes the activity for these restructurings: (dollars in millions)

Accrued balance at January 1, 2009

  $ 77  

2009 restructuring charges

    27  

Payments and other adjustments

    (50 )
       

Accrued balance at December 31, 2009

    54  

Payments and other adjustments

    (54 )
       

Accrued balance at December 31, 2010

    0  

2011 restructuring charges

    160  

Payments and other adjustments

    (70 )
       

Accrued balance at December 31, 2011

    90  

Payments and other adjustments

    (8 )
       

Accrued balance at March 31, 2012

  $ 82  
       

        An additional $17 million, $26 million, $7 million and $7 million were subsequently recorded in 2012 (three months), 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively, relating to these restructurings, primarily for accelerated depreciation.

        In 2010, AbbVie management approved a restructuring plan primarily related to the acquisition of Solvay's U.S. pharmaceuticals business. This plan streamlines operations, improves efficiencies and reduces costs in certain Solvay sites and functions as well as in certain AbbVie and Solvay commercial organizations in various countries. In 2010, AbbVie recorded charges to Cost of products sold, Research and development and Selling, general and administrative of approximately $6 million, $126 million and $15 million, respectively. The following summarizes the employee severance activity for this restructuring: (dollars in millions)

2010 employee severance charge

  $ 147  

Payments and other adjustments

    (35 )
       

Accrued balance at December 31, 2010

    112  

Payments and other adjustments

    (92 )
       

Accrued balance at December 31, 2011

    20  

Payments and other adjustments

    (5 )
       

Accrued balance at March 31, 2012

  $ 15  
       

        An additional $27 million and $17 million was recorded in 2011 and 2010, respectively, relating to this restructuring, primarily for accelerated depreciation and asset impairments.

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Contractual Obligations

        The following table summarizes AbbVie's estimated contractual obligations as of December 31, 2011: (dollars in millions)

 
  Payment Due By Period  
 
  Total   2012   2013-2014   2015-2016   2017 and
Thereafter
 

Operating lease obligations(a)

  $ 163   $ 11   $ 32   $ 34   $ 86  

Capitalized auto lease obligations

    69     32     37          

Purchase commitments(b)

    1,514     1,514              

Other long-term liabilities reflected on the combined balance sheet—

                               

Benefit plan obligations

    397         73     77     247  

Other

    1,103         500     133     470  
                       

Total(c)

  $ 3,246   $ 1,557   $ 642   $ 244   $ 803  
                       

(a)
The total excludes lease arrangements that AbbVie may enter into with Abbott at separation.

(b)
Purchase commitments are for purchases made in the normal course of business to meet operational and capital expenditure requirements.

(c)
The total excludes obligations that result from financing arrangements that AbbVie may enter into at or prior to the separation.

        AbbVie enters into research and development collaboration arrangements with third parties that may require future milestone payments to the third party contingent upon the achievement of certain development, regulatory, or commercial milestones. It is not possible to predict with reasonable certainty whether these milestones will be achieved or the timing for achievement. These potential payments are not included in the table of contractual obligations above due to the contingent nature of these payments. See the Business Combinations, Technology Acquisitions and Related Transactions section for a further discussion of these collaboration arrangements.

Recently Issued Accounting Standards

        In 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued an amendment to Topic 270 in the FASB's Accounting Standards Codification. The amendment requires that all non-owner changes in stockholders' equity be presented either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements. AbbVie adopted this amendment for the year ended December 31, 2011 and retrospectively presented all non-owner changes in stockholders' equity in two separate but consecutive statements. Adoption of this amendment did not have a material impact on AbbVie's results of operations, cash flows or financial position.

Legislative Issues

        In the first quarter 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (collectively referred to herein as "health care reform legislation") were signed into law in the U.S. health care reform legislation included an increase in the basic Medicaid rebate rate from 15.1 percent to 23.1 percent and extended the rebate to drugs provided through Medicaid managed care organizations. These Medicaid rebate changes will continue to have a negative effect on AbbVie's gross profit margin in future years.

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annual fee, which totaled approximately $100 million in 2011, is based on the ratio of certain of AbbVie's sales as compared to the total such sales of all covered entities multiplied by a fixed dollar amount specified in the legislation by year. The fee is not tax deductible and is included in Selling, general, and administrative expenses. In 2011, additional rebates were incurred related to the Medicare Part D coverage gap "donut hole."

        AbbVie's primary markets are highly competitive and subject to substantial government regulations throughout the world. AbbVie expects debate to continue over the availability, method of delivery, and payment for health care products and services. It is not possible to predict the extent to which AbbVie or the health care industry in general might be adversely affected by these factors in the future. A more complete discussion of these factors is contained in the Risk Factors and Business sections of this information statement.

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Financial Instruments and Risk Management

Market Price Sensitive Investments

        AbbVie holds available-for-sale equity securities from strategic technology acquisitions. The market value of these investments was approximately $58 million and $35 million as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively. AbbVie monitors these investments for other than temporary declines in market value, and charges impairment losses to income when an other than temporary decline in value occurs. A hypothetical 20 percent decrease in the share prices of these investments would decrease their fair value at December 31, 2011 by approximately $12 million. (A 20 percent decrease is believed to be a reasonably possible near-term change in share prices.)

Non-Publicly Traded Equity Securities

        AbbVie holds equity securities from strategic technology acquisitions that are not traded on public stock exchanges. The carrying value of these investments was approximately $171 million and $102 million as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively. AbbVie increased its equity investment in one company from $62 million at December 31, 2010 to $124 million at December 31, 2011. No other individual investment is in excess of $13 million. AbbVie monitors these investments for other than temporary declines in market value, and charges impairment losses to income when an other than temporary decline in estimated value occurs.

Foreign Currency Sensitive Financial Instruments

        Various AbbVie foreign operations enter into foreign currency forward exchange contracts to manage exposures to changes in foreign exchange rates for anticipated intercompany purchases by those operations whose functional currencies are not the U.S. dollar. These contracts are designated as cash flow hedges of the variability of the cash flows due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates and are marked-to-market with the resulting gains or losses reflected in Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss). Deferred gains or losses on these contracts are included in Cost of products sold at the time the products are sold to a third party, generally within the next twelve months. At December 31, 2011 and 2010, AbbVie held $249 million and $364 million, respectively, of such contracts, which all mature in the following calendar year.

        AbbVie enters into foreign currency forward exchange contracts to manage its exposure to foreign currency denominated trade payables and receivables. The contracts are marked-to-market, and resulting gains or losses are reflected in income and are generally offset by losses or gains on the foreign currency exposure being managed. At December 31, 2011 and 2010, AbbVie held $3.0 billion and $2.6 billion, respectively, of such foreign currency forward exchange contracts.

        The following table reflects the total foreign currency forward contracts outstanding at December 31, 2011 and 2010: (dollars in millions)

 
  2011   2010  
 
  Contract
Amount
  Weighted
Average
Exchange
Rate
  Fair and
Carrying
Value
Receivable/
(Payable)
  Contract
Amount
  Weighted
Average
Exchange
Rate
  Fair and
Carrying
Value
Receivable/
(Payable)
 

Receive primarily U.S. Dollars in exchange for the following currencies:

                                     

Euro

  $ 1,656     1.329   $ (2 ) $ 1,483     1.334   $ (6 )

British Pound

    143     1.571         118     1.577      

Japanese Yen

    578     80.3     (15 )   424     82.7     (5 )

Canadian Dollar

    50     1.026         159     1.015     (3 )

All other currencies

    794     N/A     13     747     N/A     (6 )
                               

Total

  $ 3,221         $ (4 ) $ 2,931         $ (20 )
                               

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BUSINESS

Overview

        AbbVie is a research-based pharmaceutical company with a broad and sustainable portfolio of market-leading proprietary pharmaceuticals and biologics sold worldwide. AbbVie products are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn's disease, HIV, cystic fibrosis complications, low testosterone, thyroid disease, Parkinson's disease and complications associated with chronic kidney disease, among other indications. AbbVie also has a pipeline of promising new medicines, including more than 20 compounds or indications in Phase II or Phase III development across such important medical specialties as immunology, renal care, Hepatitis C, women's health, oncology, and neuroscience, including multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's diseases.

        In 2011, AbbVie generated revenue of approximately $17.4 billion, growing 11.6 percent from 2010, with net earnings of $3.4 billion. AbbVie's revenues are generated worldwide, with approximately 55 percent of 2011 revenue generated in the United States, approximately 31 percent in the European Union and other developed markets, and approximately 14 percent in emerging markets. AbbVie has a strong portfolio of marketed products led by HUMIRA. HUMIRA is approved for six indications in the United States and seven in the European Union, and is also in development for a number of additional indications. Since the launch of HUMIRA in 2003, AbbVie has successfully grown worldwide sales of the product to approximately $7.9 billion in 2011.

        The 2010 acquisitions of Facet Biotech Corporation and the U.S. pharmaceuticals business of Solvay Pharmaceuticals added several new products to AbbVie's portfolio, including the U.S. rights to AndroGel and Creon, and enhanced AbbVie's early- and mid-stage pipeline by adding a biologic for multiple sclerosis and compounds that complement AbbVie's oncology program. These acquisitions are discussed more fully in the section titled "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations—Business Combinations, Technology Acquisitions and Related Transactions."

        AbbVie was incorporated in Delaware on April 10, 2012, in connection with the separation of Abbott Laboratories' research-based pharmaceuticals business from its diversified medical products business, including Abbott's established pharmaceutical business, which focuses primarily on branded generic pharmaceutical products outside of the United States. After the separation, AbbVie will be a Fortune 200 company. The company's corporate offices are located at 1 North Waukegan Road, North Chicago, Illinois 60064.

Strengths

        AbbVie possesses a number of competitive advantages that distinguish the company from its competitors, including:

        Portfolio of leading products.    AbbVie has a strong portfolio of products led by its market leading biologic, HUMIRA. HUMIRA is approved for six indications in the United States and seven in the European Union, and is also in development for a number of additional indications. AbbVie has leading market positions in several treatment areas including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn's disease, HIV, cystic fibrosis complications, low testosterone, and thyroid disease. These treatment areas have significant growth potential driven by a number of factors, including increasing prevalence and diagnosis, demographics, and market penetration. AbbVie's products demonstrate strong clinical performance for the patient and economic value for the payor.

        Broad pipeline of small molecule drugs and biologics targeting areas of unmet medical need.    Building and advancing AbbVie's existing product pipeline is a key driver to future growth. For example, bardoxolone methyl is currently in Phase III development as a novel treatment for chronic kidney disease. AbbVie's interferon-free HCV regimen, which is expected to begin Phase III trials in 2013, has

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the potential to shorten and simplify treatment and increase cure rates, and daclizumab is in Phase III development as a promising treatment for multiple sclerosis.

        Worldwide commercial infrastructure and opportunity for continued geographic penetration and expansion.    In 2011, AbbVie's products were sold in over 170 countries. AbbVie has strong and extensive sales, marketing, and distribution organizations around the world to support its products. In 2011, AbbVie had sales of approximately $7.7 billion outside of the United States, including sales to emerging markets of approximately $2.4 billion, or 14 percent, of sales. Continued penetration of HUMIRA and other products will help drive growth in markets worldwide.

        Strong cash flow.    In 2011, AbbVie generated approximately $6.2 billion in operating cash flow and spent approximately $0.4 billion on capital expenditures. AbbVie anticipates that its business will continue to generate stable cash flow going forward, which will allow the company to continue to invest in its pipeline and return cash to stockholders in the form of dividends.

        Experienced management team with track record of successful performance.    AbbVie's management team has a strong track record of performance and execution. Richard A. Gonzalez, who has served as Executive Vice President of Abbott's Pharmaceutical Products Group since 2010, will be AbbVie's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Gonzalez has served more than 30 years in various capacities at Abbott, including as President and Chief Operating Officer. William J. Chase, who has served more than 20 years in various capacities at Abbott, including as Abbott's Vice President, Licensing and Acquisitions since 2010 and as Abbott's Treasurer, will be AbbVie's Chief Financial Officer. Laura J. Schumacher, who has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Abbott, with additional responsibility for Abbott's licensing and acquisitions function and its Office of Ethics and Compliance, will be AbbVie's General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Ms. Schumacher has served over 20 years at Abbott and was head of Abbott's litigation department before being appointed General Counsel. Timothy J. Richmond, who has served more than 5 years at Abbott, most recently as Divisional Vice President of Compensation and Benefits, will be Chief Human Resources Officer of AbbVie's Human Resources department.

Strategies

        AbbVie is seeking to grow its business by, among other things:

        Expanding HUMIRA sales.    AbbVie expects to continue to drive strong HUMIRA sales growth in two ways. First, AbbVie is seeking to expand patients' use of its biologic, HUMIRA. Worldwide use of biologics in applicable populations continues to be low, ranging from mid-single digits in moderate to severe plaque psoriasis to the mid-20s for conditions such as moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis and moderate to severe Crohn's disease. AbbVie believes that there is significant room for increasing clinically appropriate use across all of HUMIRA's therapeutic areas, particularly in international markets. By encouraging early diagnosis and proper use of HUMIRA for clinically appropriate patients, AbbVie intends to increase the number of patients using HUMIRA to treat their autoimmune conditions. Second, AbbVie is seeking to expand the HUMIRA patient base by applying for regulatory approval of new indications for HUMIRA, treating conditions such as axial and peripheral spondyloarthritis and uveitis.

        Advancing the pipeline.    AbbVie's goal is to bring to market products that demonstrate strong clinical performance for patients and economic value for payors. The company's pipeline includes both small molecules and targeted biologic therapies, and a mix of new compounds and new indications. The company has more than 20 compounds or indications in Phase II or III development individually and under collaboration or license agreements. From 2013 through 2016, AbbVie anticipates new product launches, including: AbbVie's interferon-free regimen for the treatment of HCV; bardoxolone methyl, which is being developed as a novel treatment for chronic kidney disease; daclizumab, a monoclonal

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antibody for the treatment of multiple sclerosis; elotuzumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody for the treatment of multiple myeloma; and new indications for HUMIRA.

        Expanding its presence in emerging markets.    AbbVie plans to continue making investments in key emerging markets, including Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Russia, and Turkey. Continued penetration of HUMIRA and other leading products is expected to help drive growth in these markets.

        Managing the product portfolio to maximize value.    AbbVie plans to continue its investment in products with durable sales, while making adjustments as necessary to increase the value of its product portfolio. AbbVie will achieve this objective in a variety of ways depending on product and circumstances by, for example, identifying supply chain efficiencies, pursuing additional indications, and optimizing residual value as products reach the end of exclusivity. AbbVie believes that its approach will allow the company to maintain a strong operating margin on existing products.

Products

        AbbVie's portfolio of proprietary products includes a broad line of adult and pediatric pharmaceuticals.

        HUMIRA.    HUMIRA is a biologic therapy administered as a subcutaneous injection. It is approved to treat the following six autoimmune diseases in the United States, Canada, and Mexico (collectively, North America), and seven autoimmune diseases in the European Union:

Condition
  Principal Markets

Rheumatoid arthritis (moderate to severe)

  North America, European Union

Psoriatic arthritis

  North America, European Union

Ankylosing spondylitis

  North America, European Union

Crohn's disease (moderate to severe)

  North America, European Union (severe only)

Plaque psoriasis (moderate to severe)

  North America, European Union

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis

  North America (excluding Canada), European Union

Ulcerative colitis

  European Union

        HUMIRA is also approved in over 60 other markets, including Japan, Brazil, and Australia.

        Autoimmune diseases develop when underlying defects in the immune system lead the body to attack its own organs, tissues, and cells. These chronic illnesses occur in nearly every part of the body, from joints to skin to the gastrointestinal tract. The worldwide use of biologics, such as HUMIRA, to treat autoimmune diseases continues to grow, especially in psoriasis, spondyloarthritis, and gastrointestinal indications.

        HUMIRA was introduced to the market in January 2003 and has an established track record of safety and efficacy. Its worldwide sales have grown to approximately $7.9 billion in 2011, compared to $6.5 billion in 2010 and $5.6 billion in 2009. HUMIRA accounted for approximately 45 percent of AbbVie's total sales in 2011. The United States composition of matter (that is, compound) patent covering adalimumab is expected to expire in December 2016, and the equivalent European Union patent is expected to expire in the majority of EU countries in April 2018.

        AbbVie continues to dedicate substantial research and development efforts to expanding indications for HUMIRA, including in the fields of rheumatology (peripheral spondyloarthritis, axial spondyloarthritis and pediatric enthesitis related arthritis), gastroenterology (ulcerative colitis and pediatric Crohn's disease), dermatology (pediatric psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa), and ophthalmology (uveitis). AbbVie believes that these additional indications, if approved, will further differentiate HUMIRA. For pediatric Crohn's disease, the European Union registration was submitted in October 2011 and the United States submission is expected to be made in mid-2012. A European

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Union application for axial spondyloarthritis was submitted in July 2011, with approval expected in the second half of 2012, and a Japanese application for ulcerative colitis was submitted in March 2012. Phase III trials are ongoing in preparation for regulatory applications for: uveitis in the United States, the European Union, and Japan; peripheral and axial spondyloarthritis in the United States and the European Union and hidradenitis suppurativa in the United States and the European Union.

        Metabolics/Hormones products.    Metabolics/Hormones products target a number of conditions, including pancreatic insufficiency, testosterone deficiency, and hypothyroidism. AbbVie's Metabolics/Hormones products had combined sales of $1.7 billion in 2011. These products include:

            Synthroid.     Synthroid, used in the treatment of hypothyroidism, is one of the most-widely prescribed products in the United States. Although generic alternatives have been available since 2004, many physicians continue to choose to prescribe Synthroid rather than generic alternatives.

            AndroGel.     AndroGel is a daily testosterone replacement therapy that is available in two strengths: 1 percent and 1.62 percent. AndroGel is the leading therapy for the treatment of testosterone deficiency in the United States, and AbbVie expects that the testosterone replacement market will continue to grow in the United States as a result of demographic trends, increasing awareness of testosterone deficiency and increased penetration rates.

            Creon.     Creon is the leading pancreatic enzyme therapy for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, a condition that occurs in patients with cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, and several other conditions.

        AbbVie has the rights to sell Synthroid, AndroGel, and Creon only in the United States.

        Virology products.    AbbVie's virology products include two leading products for the treatment of HIV infection, Kaletra and Norvir. Worldwide sales of these products were $1.6 billion in 2011.

            Kaletra.     Kaletra (also marketed as Aluvia in emerging markets) is a prescription anti-HIV-1 medicine that contains two protease inhibitors: lopinavir and ritonavir. Kaletra is used with other anti-HIV-1 medications to increase the chance of treatment response in people with HIV-1.

            Norvir.    Norvir is a protease inhibitor that is indicated in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection and has a long track record of efficacy and safety.

        Endocrinology products.    Lupron (also marketed as Lucrin and Lupron Depot) is a product for the palliative treatment of advanced prostate cancer, treatment of endometriosis and central precocious puberty, and for the preoperative treatment of patients with anemia caused by uterine fibroids. Lupron is approved for both daily subcutaneous injection and one-month, three-month, four-month and six-month intramuscular injection. Lupron generated sales of approximately $800 million in 2011 in select markets worldwide.

        Dyslipidemia products.    AbbVie's dyslipidemia products address the range of metabolic conditions characterized by high cholesterol and/or high triglycerides. These products, which generated sales of $2.5 billion in 2011, are primarily marketed to primary care physicians, and include:

            TriCor and Trilipix.     TriCor and Trilipix are fibric acid derivatives that are indicated as adjuncts to diet to reduce total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, which are key contributors to cardiovascular disease, and to increase the cardioprotective HDL cholesterol levels. AbbVie has the rights to sell TriCor and Trilipix only in the United States.

            Niaspan.     Niaspan is an extended release form of niacin that is indicated as an adjunct to diet to reduce total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, and to increase HDL cholesterol levels. AbbVie has the rights to sell Niaspan only in the United States.

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            Simcor.     Simcor is a combination product that contains extended release niacin and simvastatin that is indicated as an adjunct to diet to reduce total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, and to increase HDL cholesterol levels. Simcor is used when treatment with simvastatin or niacin extended-release alone is not insufficient to achieve target lipid levels. AbbVie does not have the rights to sell Simcor in Canada.

        Other products.    AbbVie has a number of other products that combined to generate sales of approximately $2.9 billion in 2011, including the following:

            Synagis.    Synagis is a product marketed outside of the United States that protects at-risk infants from severe respiratory disease, or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

            Anesthesia products.     Sevoflurane (sold under the trademarks Ultane and Sevorane) is an anesthesia product that AbbVie sells worldwide for human use.

            Duodopa and Duopa.     Duodopa is a levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LGIC) marketed outside of the United States to treat advanced Parkinson's disease. This LGIC therapy is currently in Phase III development in the United States under the name Duopa, with an expected regulatory filing in 2012.

            Zemplar.     Zemplar is a product sold worldwide for the prevention and treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism associated with Stage 3, 4, and 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Advancing Pharmaceutical Pipeline

        AbbVie seeks to develop unique, innovative medicines that hold promise in addressing unmet medical needs in specialty areas in order to bring to market medicines that have strong clinical performance, patient benefit, and economic value to customers. AbbVie is studying a variety of promising compounds in the areas of virology, renal disease, neuroscience, oncology, immunology, and women's health, among others.

        Virology.    The hepatitis C virus (HCV) affects more than 170 million people worldwide, with approximately three to four million patients newly diagnosed each year. HCV is a heterogeneous disease with numerous genotypes and subtypes that are not always susceptible to the same treatment regimens. More than 350,000 people are estimated to die from hepatitis C-related liver diseases each year. HCV infections can potentially lead to long-term complications, including severe scarring of the liver, liver cancer, or death. The worldwide market for HCV therapies is currently approximately $3 billion and is expected to be four to five times larger by 2020. The treatment landscape continues to evolve. Current treatment regimens are long and complex, requiring interferon, which has many negative side effects. The goals for AbbVie's HCV program are to markedly transform current treatment practices by combining drugs with various mechanisms of action to shorten therapy duration, improve tolerability and increase cure rates.

        AbbVie's interferon-free combination program includes compounds with three mechanisms of action in clinical trials, including ABT-450, a protease inhibitor AbbVie is developing in collaboration with Enanta Pharmaceuticals, polymerase inhibitor ABT-333, and ABT-267, an NS5A inhibitor. AbbVie has released positive Phase II results from two interferon-free studies for the treatment of HCV. Larger Phase IIb clinical trials are ongoing and a Phase III trial is expected to begin in 2013.

        Renal Disease.    Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, results in the progressive loss of kidney function. The incidence of CKD is on the rise, driven by higher rates of diabetes, obesity, and hypertension, and an aging population. Current treatments for CKD only modestly slow its progression, and many patients ultimately progress to end-stage kidney disease and require dialysis or kidney transplant, which is burdensome to the patient and results in significant cost to health care systems worldwide.

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        AbbVie's Phase III product candidate, bardoxolone methyl, is an oral Nrf2 activator that, in clinical trials to date, has shown statistically significant improvements in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), a marker of kidney function, in diabetic patients with advanced CKD, as compared to a placebo. AbbVie is collaborating with Reata Pharmaceuticals to study bardoxolone methyl in a Phase III trial intended to demonstrate its ability to slow and prevent disease progression in diabetic patients with advanced CKD. AbbVie has commercialization rights to bardoxolone methyl outside the United States, Japan, and certain Asian markets.

        Also in development for the treatment of CKD is atrasentan. A Phase IIb study in patients with diabetic kidney disease is ongoing with results expected in the second half of 2012. Atrasentan will potentially be the first compound specifically launched to treat diabetic nephropathy by targeting albuminuria and slowing the progression of CKD.

        Neuroscience and Pain.    AbbVie has clinical studies underway on multiple compounds that target receptors in the brain that help regulate, mood, memory, and other neurological functions and conditions, including schizophrenia, pain, Alzheimer's disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS). These conditions affect millions of people worldwide and will affect more as the population continues to age. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia and causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. MS is a chronic disease in which the body's own immune system attacks the nervous system and is the most common progressive and disabling neurological condition in young adults.

        Multiple Sclerosis.    AbbVie is collaborating with Biogen Idec to develop daclizumab for the treatment of the relapsing remitting form of MS, which is the most common form, and affects nearly 85 percent of newly diagnosed MS patients. Daclizumab, an anti-CD25 monoclonal antibody, is currently in Phase III development. Phase IIb clinical study results of daclizumab demonstrated an over 50 percent reduction in relapse rates as compared to placebo in patients with MS and a 57 percent relative reduction in risk of disability progression at the dose being utilized in Phase III.

        Alzheimer's Disease and Schizophrenia.    AbbVie currently has several compounds in various stages of clinical development for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. For example, AbbVie is investigating ABT-126, an a7-NNR modulator, in additional Phase II studies in both Alzheimer's disease and cognitive deficits of schizophrenia.

        Pain.    AbbVie is also developing a number of non-opioid agents for relief across a broad spectrum of pain states including postoperative, cancer pain, back pain, and osteoarthritis pain. Phase IIa clinical trials of ABT-110, an injectable biologic, are expected to begin in 2012.

        Oncology.    AbbVie is investing in a number of cancer therapies that may change the way the disease behaves. AbbVie is focused on the development of targeted treatments that inhibit tumor growth and improve response to common cancer therapies. AbbVie's oncology pipeline includes:

    Elotuzumab, an anti-CD37 antibody for multiple myeloma. AbbVie is currently in Phase III development of elotuzumab for the treatment of multiple myeloma under a collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb.

    Veliparib is a PARP-inhibitor. A Phase IIb study in BRCA-mutated breast cancer being treated with chemotherapy was initiated in 2011. Veliparib is also in Phase II evaluation for the treatment of a variety of other solid tumors, including brain metastases from non-small cell lung cancer being treated with radiation therapy and non-small cell lung cancer in combination with chemotherapy.

    AbbVie is also evaluating a number of other promising mechanisms, including work on EGFR, Bcl2, aurora kinase and cMet.

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        Women's Health.    AbbVie is developing a novel gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) oral antagonist, elagolix, under a collaboration with Neurocrine Biosciences for the treatment of endometriosis-related pain and uterine fibroids, both highly prevalent conditions associated with a number of health complication including pain and infertility. Approximately 7.5 million women in the United States suffer from endometriosis. Current treatment options involve full estrogen suppression, leading to side effects such as hot flashes and bone density changes. Uterine fibroids affect approximately 19 million women worldwide and currently, various surgical options are the treatment of choice, but there is no effective chronic therapy available. AbbVie and Neurocrine Biosciences have a Phase II elagolix clinical trial for uterine fibroids underway and a Phase III trial is expected to begin in mid-2012.

        Immunology.    AbbVie's scientific experience with HUMIRA serves as a strong foundation for its continuing research in immunology. AbbVie is developing several additional indications for HUMIRA and has a number of next-generation programs underway to address immune-mediated conditions, including:

    DVD-Ig technology, which represents an innovative approach that can target multiple disease-causing antigens with a single biologic agent. This proprietary technology could lead to next-generation biologic treatments for complex conditions such as cancer or rheumatoid arthritis, where multiple pathways are involved in the disease. In 2011, using DVD-Ig technology, AbbVie advanced two molecules into Phase I clinical trials.

    AbbVie is collaborating with Biotest AG on an anti-CD4 biologic known as tregalizumab. The compound is currently in Phase IIa clinical trials for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.

    GLPG0634, a next-generation, oral JAK1 inhibitor, is being developed in collaboration with Galapagos NV. GLPG0634 is currently in Phase IIa development to treat rheumatoid arthritis and may be able to address other autoimmune diseases.

        AbbVie is also evaluating a number of other oral candidates including an SYK inhibitor. In addition, AbbVie plans to jointly develop and commercialize a portfolio of next-generation oral antioxidant inflammation modulators through a collaboration with Reata Pharmaceuticals announced in 2011.

Research and Development Activities

        AbbVie has several compounds in development, including treatments for highly prevalent conditions and over the past five years has more than doubled the number of compounds in its pipeline. AbbVie's ability to develop new compounds is enhanced by the company's use of integrated discovery project teams, which include chemists, biologists, and pharmacologists who work on the same compounds as a team. For more information, see "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Research and Development Programs."

        AbbVie spent approximately $2.6 billion in 2011, $2.5 billion in 2010, and $1.7 billion in 2009 on research to discover and develop new products, indications and processes and to improve existing products and processes. These expenses consisted primarily of collaboration fees and expenses, salaries and related expenses for personnel, license fees, consulting payments, contract research, manufacturing, and the costs of laboratory equipment and facilities.

Intellectual Property Protection and Regulatory Exclusivity

        Generally, upon approval, products in development may be entitled to exclusivity under applicable intellectual property and regulatory regimes. AbbVie seeks patent protection, where available, in all significant markets and/or countries for each product in development. In the United States, the expiration date for patents filed on or after June 8, 1995 is 20 years after the filing date. Given that

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patents relating to pharmaceutical products are often obtained early in the development process, and given the amount of time needed to complete clinical trials and other development activities required for regulatory approval, the length of time between product launch and patent expiration is significantly less than 20 years. The Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984 (commonly known as the Hatch-Waxman Act) permits a patent holder to seek a patent extension, commonly called a "patent term restoration," for patents on products (or processes for making the product) regulated by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The length of the patent extension is roughly based on 50 percent of the period of time from the filing of an Investigational New Drug Application for a compound to the submission of the NDA for such compound, plus 100 percent of the time period from New Drug Application (NDA) submission to regulatory approval. The extension, however, cannot exceed five years and the patent term remaining after regulatory approval cannot exceed 14 years.

        Pharmaceutical products may be entitled to other forms of legal or regulatory exclusivity upon approval. The scope, length, and requirements for each of these exclusivities vary both in the United States and in other jurisdictions. In the United States, if the FDA approves a chemical entity that it has not previously approved, the product is typically entitled to five years of market exclusivity. Products that do not contain a new chemical entity may be entitled to three years of market exclusivity if approval was based on the FDA's reliance on new clinical studies submitted by the NDA applicant. If the NDA applicant studies the product for use by children, the FDA may grant pediatric exclusivity, which extends by 180 days the longest existing exclusivity (patent or regulatory) related to the product. For products that are either used to treat conditions that afflict a relatively small population or for which there is not a reasonable expectation that the research and development costs will be recovered, the FDA may designate the pharmaceutical as an orphan drug and grant it seven years of market exclusivity.

        The approving regulatory agency determines the market exclusivity to which the product is entitled upon its approval. In certain instances, regulatory exclusivity may protect a product where patent protection is no longer available or for a period of time in excess of patent protection. It is not possible to estimate for each product in development the total period of exclusivity to which it may become entitled until regulatory approval is obtained. However, given the length of time required to complete clinical development of a pharmaceutical product, the minimum and maximum periods of exclusivity that might be achieved in any individual case would not be expected to exceed three and 14 years, respectively. These estimates do not consider other factors, such as the difficulty of recreating the manufacturing process for a particular product or other proprietary knowledge that may delay the introduction of a generic after the expiration of applicable patent and other regulatory exclusivity periods.

        Biologics such as HUMIRA are entitled to exclusivity under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, which was passed on March 23, 2010 as Title VII to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law provides a pathway for approval of biosimilars following the expiration of 12 years of exclusivity for the innovator biologic and a potential additional 180 day-extension term for pediatric indications. The law also includes an extensive process for the innovator biologic and biosimilar manufacturer to litigate patent infringement, validity, and enforceability prior to the approval of the biosimilar. The European Union has also created a pathway for approval of biosimilars and has published guidelines for approval of certain biosimilar products. The more complex nature of biologics and biosimilar products has led to greater regulatory scrutiny and more rigorous requirements for approval of follow-on biosimilar products than for small-molecule generic pharmaceutical products, and it has also reduced the effect of biosimilars on sales of the innovator biologic as compared to the sales erosion caused by generic versions of small molecule pharmaceutical products.

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        AbbVie owns or has licensed rights to a substantial number of patents and patent applications. Principal trademarks and the products they cover are discussed above in the description of AbbVie's products. AbbVie licenses or owns a patent portfolio of over 4,000 patent families, each of which includes United States patent applications and/or issued patents, and may also contain the non-United States counterparts to these patents and applications.

        These patents and applications, including various patents that expire during the period 2012 to 2031, in the aggregate are believed to be of material importance in the operation of AbbVie's business. However, AbbVie believes that no single patent, license, trademark (or related group of patents, licenses, or trademarks), except for those related to adalimumab (which is sold under the trademark HUMIRA), are material in relation to the company's business as a whole. The United States composition of matter (that is, compound) patent covering adalimumab are expected to expire in December 2016, and the equivalent European Union patent is expected to expire in the majority of EU countries in April 2018.

        In addition, the following patents, licenses, and trademarks are significant: those related to lopinavir/ritonavir (which is sold under the trademarks Kaletra and Aluvia), those related to fenofibrate (which is sold under the trademarks TriCor and Trilipix), those related to niacin (which is sold under the trademarks Niaspan and Simcor), and those related to testosterone (which is sold under the trademark AndroGel). The United States composition of matter patent covering lopinavir is expected to expire in 2016. The principal United States non-composition of matter patent covering lopinavir/ritonavir is expected to expire in 2016. The principal United States non-composition of matter patents covering the fenofibrate products are expected to expire in 2018, 2020, 2023, and 2025. The principal United States non-composition of matter patents covering the niacin products are expected to expire in 2013, 2017, and 2018. The principal non-composition of matter patent covering AndroGel is expected to expire in 2020 for the 1.62 percent formulation and, due to pediatric exclusivity, in 2021 for the 1 percent formulation. Agreements that may affect exclusivity are discussed in the section titled "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations—Results of Operations."

        AbbVie may rely, in some circumstances, on trade secrets to protect its technology. However, trade secrets are difficult to protect. AbbVie seeks to protect its technology and product candidates, in part, by confidentiality agreements with its employees, consultants, advisors, contractors, and collaborators. These agreements may be breached and AbbVie may not have adequate remedies for any breach. In addition, AbbVie's trade secrets may otherwise become known or be independently discovered by competitors. To the extent that AbbVie's employees, consultants, advisors, contractors, and collaborators use intellectual property owned by others in their work for the company, disputes may arise as to the rights in related or resulting know-how and inventions.

Sales, Marketing, and Distribution Capabilities

        In 2011, AbbVie's products were sold in over 170 countries. AbbVie utilizes a combination of dedicated commercial resources, regional commercial resources and distributorships to market, sell, and distribute its products worldwide.

        In the United States, AbbVie distributes pharmaceutical products principally through independent wholesale distributors, with some sales directly to pharmacies. In 2011, three wholesale distributors accounted for substantially all of AbbVie's sales in the United States. AbbVie directs its primary marketing efforts toward securing the prescription, or recommendation, of its brand of products by physicians, key opinion leaders, and other health care providers. Managed care providers (for example, health maintenance organizations and pharmacy benefit managers), hospitals, and state and federal government agencies (for example, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the United States Department of Defense) are also important customers. AbbVie also markets directly to

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consumers themselves, although all of the company's products must be sold pursuant to a prescription in the United States. Outside of the United States, AbbVie focuses its marketing efforts on key opinion leaders, payors, physicians, and country regulatory bodies. AbbVie also provides patient support programs closely related to its products.

        AbbVie's products are generally sold worldwide directly to wholesalers, distributors, government agencies, health care facilities, specialty pharmacies, and independent retailers from AbbVie-owned distribution centers and public warehouses. Outside the United States, sales are made either directly to customers or through distributors, depending on the market served. Certain products are co-marketed or co-promoted with other companies. AbbVie has no single customer that, if the customer were lost, would have a material adverse effect on the company's business.

        No material portion of AbbVie's business is subject to renegotiation of profits or termination of contracts at the election of the government.

Manufacturing Capabilities and Operations

        AbbVie is experienced in the manufacturing, process development, analytical development, quality assurance, and quality control of its products. AbbVie's manufacturing operations consist of bulk manufacturing, formulation, fill and finish, and distribution activities. While AbbVie produces some of its own products entirely in-house, the company also contracts with third parties with respect to certain of its products.

        AbbVie's principal manufacturing plants are in the following locations:

United States
  Outside the United States

Abbott Park, Illinois*

  Campoverde di Aprilia, Italy

Barceloneta, Puerto Rico

  Cork, Ireland

Jayuya, Puerto Rico

  Ludwigshafen, Germany

North Chicago, Illinois

  Sligo, Ireland

Worcester, Massachusetts

   

*
Leased property.

        In addition to the above, AbbVie has other manufacturing facilities in the United States and worldwide. AbbVie believes its facilities are suitable and provide adequate productive capacity.

        In the United States, including Puerto Rico, AbbVie owns one distribution center. AbbVie also has four United States research and development facilities located at: Abbott Park, Illinois; North Chicago, Illinois; Redwood City, California; and Worcester, Massachusetts. Outside the United States, AbbVie's principal research and development facilities are located in Shanghai, China and Ludwigshafen, Germany.

        Except as noted, the principal plants in the United States listed above are owned by AbbVie or subsidiaries of AbbVie. The remaining manufacturing plants and all other facilities are owned or leased by AbbVie or subsidiaries of AbbVie.

    Third Party Agreements

        AbbVie has agreements with third parties for process development, analytical services, and manufacturing of certain products. AbbVie procures certain products and services from a limited number of suppliers and, in some cases, a single supply source. AbbVie also has collaboration agreements, as discussed in the "—Advancing Pharmaceutical Pipeline" section above, and will have certain agreements with Abbott following the separation, as described in "AbbVie's Relationship with Abbott Following the Separation."

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    Sources and Availability of Raw Materials

        AbbVie purchases, in the ordinary course of business, raw materials and supplies essential to its operations from numerous suppliers around the world, including in the United States. There have been no recent significant availability problems or supply shortages.

    Orders

        Orders are generally filled on a current basis, and order backlog is not material to AbbVie's business.

    Environmental Matters

        AbbVie believes that its operations comply in all material respects with applicable laws and regulations concerning environmental protection. Regulations under federal and state environmental laws impose stringent limitations on emissions and discharges to the environment from various manufacturing operations. AbbVie's capital and operating expenditures for pollution control in 2011 were approximately $4.6 and $16.2 million, respectively. Capital and operating expenditures for pollution control in 2012 are estimated to be approximately $3.4 and $17.0 million, respectively.

        Abbott has been identified as one of many potentially responsible parties in investigations and/or remediations at several locations in the United States, including Puerto Rico, under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund. Some of these locations may be transferred to AbbVie in connection with the separation and distribution, and AbbVie may become a party to these investigations and remediations. Abbott is also engaged in remediation at several other sites, some of which may be transferred to AbbVie in connection with the separation and distribution, in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency or similar agencies. While it is not feasible to predict with certainty the final costs related to those investigations and remediation activities, AbbVie believes that such costs, together with other expenditures to maintain compliance with applicable laws and regulations concerning environmental protection, should not have a material adverse effect on the company's financial position, cash flows, or results of operations.

Competition

        The markets for AbbVie's products are highly competitive. Competition is generally from other health care and pharmaceutical companies. The search for technological innovations in pharmaceutical products is a significant aspect of competition. The introduction of new products by competitors and changes in medical practices and procedures can result in product obsolescence. Price is also a competitive factor. In addition, the substitution of generic pharmaceutical products for branded pharmaceutical products creates competitive pressures on AbbVie's products that do not have patent protection.

        Biosimilars.    Competition for AbbVie's biologic products is affected by the approval of follow-on biologics, also known as "biosimilars." Biologics have added major therapeutic options for the treatment of many diseases, including some for which therapies were unavailable or inadequate. The advent of biologics has also raised complex regulatory issues and significant pharmacoeconomic concerns because the cost of developing and producing biologic therapies is typically dramatically higher than for conventional (small molecule) medications, and because many expensive biologic medications are used for ongoing treatment of chronic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease, or for the treatment of previously untreatable cancer. Significant investments in biologics infrastructure and manufacturing are necessary to produce biologic products, as are significant investments in marketing, distribution, and sales organization activities, which may limit the number of biosimilar competitors.

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        In the United States, the FDA regulates biologics under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Public Health Service Act, and implementing regulations. While the enactment of federal health care reform legislation in March 2010 was meant to provide a pathway for approval of biosimilars under the Public Health Service Act, recent regulatory guidance suggests that the approval process will be far more extensive than for small molecules, in order to ensure that the safety and efficacy of the biosimilars is equivalent to that of original biologics, such as HUMIRA. Ultimate approval by the FDA is dependent upon many factors, including a showing that the biosimilar is "highly similar" to the original product and has no clinically meaningful differences from the original product in terms of safety, purity, and potency. The types of data that would ordinarily be required in an application to show similarity would include analytical data and studies to demonstrate chemical similarity, animal studies (including toxicity studies), and clinical studies. Applicable regulations also require that the biosimilar must be for the same indication as the original biologic and involve the same mechanism of action, and that the manufacturing facility meets the standards necessary to assure that the biosimilar is safe, pure, and potent.

        Furthermore, the new law provides that only a biosimilar product that is deemed to be "interchangeable" may be substituted for the original biologic product without the intervention of the health care provider who prescribed the original biologic product. To prove that a biosimilar product is interchangeable, the applicant must demonstrate that the product can be expected to produce the same clinical results as the original biologic product in any given patient, and if the product is administered more than once in a patient, that safety risks and potential for diminished efficacy of alternating or switching between the use of the interchangeable biosimilar biologic product and the original biologic product is no greater than the risk of using the original biologic product without switching. The new law is only beginning to be interpreted and implemented by the FDA. As a result, its ultimate impact, implementation, and meaning will likely be subject to substantial uncertainty for years to come.

        In the European Union, while a pathway for the approval of biosimilars has existed since 2005, the products that have come to market to date have had a mixed impact on the market share of incumbent products, with significant variation by product.

        Other Competitive Products.    Although a number of competitive biologic branded products have been approved since HUMIRA was first introduced in 2003, most have gained only a modest share of the worldwide market. In addition, JAK inhibitors, a potential new class of orally administered products, remain pending before the FDA for approval, and the efficacy and safety of such products and their labeled indications have yet to be accepted and established by the FDA. AbbVie will continue to face competitive pressure from these biologics and, when approved, certain orally administered JAK inhibitors.

Regulation—Discovery and Clinical Development

        United States.    Securing approval to market a new pharmaceutical product in the United States requires substantial effort and financial resources and takes several years to complete. The applicant must complete preclinical tests, and obtain FDA approval before commencing clinical trials. Clinical trials are intended to establish the safety and efficacy of the pharmaceutical product and typically are conducted in three sequential phases, although the phases may overlap or be combined. Additional details on clinical trial phases can be found in the section titled "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Research and Development Programs." If the required clinical testing is successful, the results are submitted to the FDA in the form of an NDA or Biologic Listing Application (BLA) requesting approval to market the product for one or more indications. The FDA reviews an NDA or BLA to determine, whether a product is safe and effective for its intended use and whether its manufacturing is compliant with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP).

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        Even if an NDA or a BLA receives approval, the applicant must comply with post-approval requirements. For example, holders of an approval must report adverse reactions, provide updated safety and efficacy information, and comply with requirements concerning advertising and promotional labeling. Also, quality control and manufacturing procedures must continue to conform to cGMP after approval. The FDA periodically inspects manufacturing facilities to assess compliance with cGMP, which imposes extensive procedural, substantive, and record keeping requirements. In addition, as a condition of approval, the FDA may require post-marketing testing and surveillance to further assess and monitor the product's safety or efficacy after commercialization. Any post-approval regulatory obligations, and the cost of complying with such obligations, could expand in the future.

        Outside the United States.    AbbVie is subject to similar regulations outside the United States. AbbVie must obtain approval of a clinical trial application or product from the applicable regulatory authorities before it can commence clinical trials or marketing of the product. The approval requirements and process vary, and the time required to obtain approval may be longer or shorter than that required for FDA approval. For example, AbbVie may submit marketing authorizations in the European Union under either a centralized or decentralized procedure. The centralized procedure is mandatory for the approval of biotechnology products and many pharmaceutical products and provides for a single marketing authorization that is valid for all European Union member states. The decentralized procedure provides for mutual recognition of national approval decisions and is available for products that are not subject to the centralized procedure.

        The requirements governing the conduct of clinical trials and product licensing also vary. In addition, post-approval regulatory obligations such as adverse event reporting and cGMP generally apply and may vary by country.

RegulationCommercialization, Distribution, and Manufacturing

        The development, manufacture, marketing, sale, promotion, and distribution of AbbVie's products are subject to comprehensive government regulation. Government regulation by various national, regional, federal, state, and local agencies, both in the United States and other countries, addresses (among other matters) inspection of, and controls over, research and laboratory procedures, clinical investigations, product approvals and manufacturing, labeling, packaging, marketing and promotion, pricing and reimbursement, sampling, distribution, quality control, post-market surveillance, record keeping, storage, and disposal practices. AbbVie's operations are also affected by trade regulations in many countries that limit the import of raw materials and finished products and by laws and regulations that seek to prevent corruption and bribery in the marketplace (including the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the United Kingdom Bribery Act, which provide guidance on corporate interactions with government officials) and require safeguards for the protection of personal data. In addition, AbbVie is subject to laws and regulations pertaining to health care fraud and abuse, including state and federal anti-kickback and false claims laws in the United States. Prescription drug manufacturers such as AbbVie are also subject to taxes, as well as application, product, user, establishment, and other fees. Governmental agencies can also invalidate or restrict intellectual property rights and control the entrance of multi-source drugs for small molecule and follow-on biologics.

        Compliance with these laws and regulations is costly and materially affects AbbVie's business. Among other effects, health care regulations substantially increase the time, difficulty, and costs incurred in obtaining and maintaining approval to market newly developed and existing products. AbbVie expects compliance with these regulations to continue to require significant technical expertise and capital investment to ensure compliance. Failure to comply can delay the release of a new product or result in regulatory and enforcement actions, the seizure or recall of a product, the suspension or revocation of the authority necessary for a product's production and sale, and other civil or criminal sanctions, including fines and penalties.

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        In addition to regulatory initiatives, AbbVie's business can be affected by ongoing studies of the utilization, safety, efficacy, and outcomes of health care products and their components that are regularly conducted by industry participants, government agencies, and others. These studies can call into question the utilization, safety, and efficacy of previously marketed products. In some cases, these studies have resulted, and may in the future result, in the discontinuance of, or limitations on, marketing of such products domestically or worldwide, and may give rise to claims for damages from persons who believe they have been injured as a result of their use.

        Access to human health care products continues to be a subject of investigation and action by governmental agencies, legislative bodies, and private organizations in the United States and other countries. A major focus is cost containment. Efforts to reduce health care costs are also being made in the private sector, notably by health care payors and providers, which have instituted various cost reduction and containment measures. AbbVie expects insurers and providers to continue attempts to reduce the cost of health care products. Outside the United States, many countries control the price of health care products directly or indirectly, through reimbursement, payment, pricing, coverage limitations, or compulsory licensing. Budgetary pressures in the United States and in other countries may also heighten the scope and severity of pricing pressures on AbbVie's products for the foreseeable future.

        United States.    Specifically, U.S. federal laws requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to pay certain statutorily-prescribed rebates to state Medicaid programs on prescription drugs reimbursed under state Medicaid plans, and the efforts by states to seek additional rebates, affect AbbVie's business. Similarly, the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992, as a prerequisite to participation in Medicaid and other federal health care programs, requires that manufacturers extend additional discounts on pharmaceutical products to various federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and Public Health Service entities and institutions. In addition, recent legislative changes would require similarly discounted prices to be offered to TRICARE program beneficiaries. The Act also established the 340B drug discount program, which requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide products at reduced prices to various designated health care entities and facilities.

        In the United States, most states also have generic substitution legislation requiring or permitting a dispensing pharmacist to substitute a different manufacturer's generic version of a pharmaceutical product for the one prescribed. In addition, the federal government follows a diagnosis-related group (DRG) payment system for certain institutional services provided under Medicare or Medicaid and has implemented a prospective payment system (PPS) for services delivered in hospital outpatient, nursing home, and home health settings. DRG and PPS entitle a health care facility to a fixed reimbursement based on the diagnosis and/or procedure rather than actual costs incurred in patient treatment, thereby increasing the incentive for the facility to limit or control expenditures for many health care products. Medicare reimburses Part B drugs based on average sales price (ASP) plus a certain percentage to account for physician administration costs, which have recently been reduced in the hospital outpatient setting. End stage renal disease treatment is covered through a bundled payment that likewise creates incentives for providers to demand lower pharmaceutical prices. Medicare enters into contracts with private plans to negotiate prices for most patient-administered medicine delivered under Part D.

        In March 2010, Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (together, the Affordable Care Act). Under the Affordable Care Act, AbbVie pays a fee related to its pharmaceutical sales to government programs. Also in 2011, AbbVie began providing a discount of 50 percent for branded prescription drugs sold to patients who fall into the Medicare Part D coverage gap, or "donut hole."

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2012 to record any transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals and to report this data beginning in 2013 to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for subsequent public disclosure. Similar reporting requirements have also been enacted on the state level in the United States, and an increasing number of countries worldwide either have adopted or are considering similar laws requiring disclosure of interactions with health care professionals. Failure to report appropriate data may result in civil or criminal fines and/or penalties.

        AbbVie expects debate to continue during 2012 at all government levels worldwide over the marketing, availability, method of delivery, and payment for health care products and services. AbbVie believes that future legislation and regulation in the markets it serves could affect access to health care products and services, increase rebates, reduce prices or the rate of price increases for health care products and services, change health care delivery systems, create new fees and obligations for the pharmaceutical industry, or require additional reporting and disclosure. It is not possible to predict the extent to which AbbVie or the health care industry in general might be affected by the matters discussed above.

        Following the separation, AbbVie will be subject to a Corporate Integrity Agreement entered into by Abbott on May 7, 2012 that requires enhancements to certain compliance procedures and contains reporting obligations including disclosure of financial payments to doctors. If AbbVie fails to comply with the CIA, the OIG may impose monetary penalties or exclude AbbVie from federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.

        Outside the United States.    AbbVie is subject to a variety of regulations governing commercial sales, distribution, pricing, and reimbursement. For example, the European Union has adopted directives and other legislation that provide mandatory standards throughout the European Union, which member states can supplement with additional regulations. European governments also regulate pharmaceutical product prices through their control of national health care systems that fund a large part of the cost of such products to consumers. The existence of price differentials within the European Union due to different national pricing regimes leads to significant parallel trade in pharmaceutical products. In Japan, the government generally introduces price cut rounds every other year and also mandates price decreases for specific products.

        Since AbbVie markets its products worldwide, certain products of a local nature and variations of product lines must also meet other local regulatory requirements. Certain additional risks are inherent in conducting business outside the United States, including price and currency exchange controls, changes in currency exchange rates, limitations on participation in local enterprises, expropriation, nationalization, and other governmental action.

Employees

        AbbVie expects to employ approximately 30,000 persons as of the distribution date. Outside the United States, some of AbbVie's employees are represented by unions or works councils. AbbVie believes that it has good relations with its employees.

Legal Proceedings

        AbbVie is involved in various claims, legal proceedings and investigations, including (as of April 30, 2012, except where noted below) those described below. While it is not feasible to predict the outcome of such pending claims, proceedings and investigations with certainty, management is of the opinion that their ultimate resolution should not have a material adverse effect on AbbVie's financial position, cash flows, or results of operations, except where noted below.

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pharmaceutical companies reported false pricing information in connection with certain drugs that are reimbursable under Medicare and Medicaid and by private payors. These cases, brought by private plaintiffs, state Attorneys General, and other state government entities, generally seek monetary damages and/or injunctive relief and attorneys' fees. The federal court cases were consolidated for pre-trial purposes in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts under the Multi District Litigation Rules as In re: Pharmaceutical Industry Average Wholesale Price Litigation, MDL 1456, which now includes only one state Attorney General suit filed in August 2006 on behalf of the State of South Carolina. In addition, several cases are pending against Abbott in state courts: Commonwealth of Kentucky, filed in September 2003 in the Circuit Court of Franklin County, Kentucky; State of Wisconsin, filed in June 2004 in the Circuit Court of Dane County, Wisconsin; State of Illinois, filed in February 2005 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois; State of South Carolina (on behalf of its state health plan), filed in August 2006 in the Court of Common Pleas, Fifth Judicial Circuit of Richland County, South Carolina; State of Alaska, filed in October 2006 in the Superior Court for the Third Judicial District in Anchorage, Alaska; State of Idaho, filed in January 2007 in the District Court of the Fourth Judicial District in Ada County, Idaho; State of Utah, filed in November 2007 in the Third Judicial District in Salt Lake County, Utah; State of Louisiana, filed in October 2010 in the Nineteenth Judicial District, Parish of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

        Several pending lawsuits filed against Unimed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a company Abbott acquired in February 2010) et al. were consolidated for pre-trial purposes in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia under the Multi District Litigation Rules as In re AndroGel Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2084. These cases, brought by private plaintiffs and the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC"), generally allege Solvay's 2006 patent litigation involving AndroGel was sham litigation and the patent litigation settlement agreement and related agreements with three generic companies violate federal and state antitrust laws and state consumer protection and unjust enrichment laws. Plaintiffs generally seek monetary damages and/or injunctive relief and attorneys' fees. MDL 2084 includes: (a) 3 individual plaintiff lawsuits: Supervalu, Inc. v. Unimed Pharmaceuticals,  Inc. et al., was filed in April 2010 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; and Rite Aid Corp. et al. v. Unimed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al. and Walgreen Co. et al. v. Unimed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., both of which were filed in February 2009 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and subsequently transferred to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; (b) 7 purported class actions: Meijer, Inc. et al. v. Unimed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., Rochester Drug Co-Operative, Inc. et al. v. Unimed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., and Louisiana Wholesale Drug Co., Inc. et al. v. Unimed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., all of which were filed in May 2009 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; Fraternal Order of Police v. Unimed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., filed in September 2009 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; Jabo's Pharmacy, Inc. v. Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., filed in October 2009 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee; LeGrand v. Unimed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., filed in September 2010 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; and Health Net, Inc. v. Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc., filed in February 2011 in the Northern District of Georgia; and (c) a lawsuit brought by the FTC, Federal Trade Commission v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., filed in May 2009 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In February 2010, Solvay's motion to dismiss the cases was partially granted and all of the FTC's claims and all of the plaintiffs' claims except those alleging sham litigation were dismissed. In April 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court's decision to dismiss the FTC's claims.

        The United States Department of Justice, through the United States Attorney for Maryland, is investigating the sales and marketing practices of Abbott for Micardis®, a drug co-promoted for (until March 31, 2006) and manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim. The government is seeking to determine whether any of these practices resulted in any violations of civil and/or criminal laws, including the

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Federal False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute, in connection with the Medicare and/or Medicaid reimbursement paid to third parties.

        Abbott is seeking to enforce its patent rights relating to fenofibrate tablets (a drug Abbott sells under the trademark TriCor). In a case filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in August 2011, Abbott and the patent owner, Laboratoires Fournier, S.A. (Fournier), allege infringement of three patents and seek injunctive relief against Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Mylan, Inc. (Mylan). In a second case filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in December 2011, Abbott and Fournier allege infringement of the same patents and seek injunctive relief against Wockhardt, Ltd. and Wockhardt USA, LLC (Wockhardt). In related cases where Abbott is involved as a result of its acquisition of Fournier Laboratories Ireland Ltd. (Fournier Ireland), Abbott is seeking to enforce additional rights relating to fenofibrate tablets. In a case filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in August 2011, Abbott's subsidiary, Fournier Ireland, and joint patent owner, Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited (Alkermes), allege infringement of two jointly-owned patents and seek injunctive relief against Mylan. In a second case filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in December 2011, Alkermes and Fournier Ireland allege infringement of the same patents and seek injunctive relief against Wockhardt.

        Abbott is seeking to enforce its patent rights relating to ritonavir/lopinavir tablets (a drug Abbott sells under the trademark Kaletra). In a case filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in March 2009, Abbott alleges that Matrix Laboratories, Inc., Matrix Laboratories, Ltd., and Mylan, Inc.'s proposed generic products infringe Abbott's patents and seeks declaratory and injunctive relief. Upon Matrix's motion in November 2009, the court granted a five-year stay of the litigation unless good cause to lift the stay is shown.

        Abbott is seeking to enforce its patent rights relating to ritonavir tablets (a drug Abbott sells under the trademark Norvir). In a case filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware in April 2012, Abbott alleges that Roxane Laboratories, Inc.'s (Roxane) proposed generic ritonavir product infringes five Abbott patents and seeks declaratory and injunctive relief. Also in April 2012, Roxane filed a declaratory judgment action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio alleging that two of the five Abbott patents are invalid and not infringed by Roxane's proposed generic ritonavir product.

        Abbott is seeking to enforce its patent rights relating to niacin extended release tablets (a drug Abbott sells under the trademark Niaspan). In February 2010, Abbott filed a case in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware alleging that Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited's and Sun Pharma Global FZE's generic product infringes Abbott's patents and seeks declaratory and injunctive relief. In a second case filed in June 2010 in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Abbott alleges Sandoz, Inc.'s proposed generic product infringes Abbott's patents and seeks declaratory and injunctive relief. In a third case filed in January 2012 in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Abbott alleges Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.'s proposed generic product infringes Abbott's patents and seeks declaratory and injunctive relief. In a fourth case filed in February 2012 in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Abbott alleges that Amneal Pharmaceutical's proposed generic product infringes Abbott's patents and seeks declaratory and injunctive relief. In two additional cases, each filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware in March 2012, Abbott alleges that Mylan Pharmaceutical's and Watson Pharmaceutical's proposed generic products infringe Abbott's patents and seeks declaratory and injunctive relief.

        Abbott is seeking to enforce certain patent rights that cover the use of fully human anti-TNF alpha antibodies with methotrexate to treat rheumatoid arthritis. In a case filed in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in May 2009, Abbott alleges Centocor Inc.'s product Simponi®

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infringes Abbott's patents and seeks damages and injunctive relief. In November 2011, the case was stayed while the parties arbitrate issues related to Centocor's license defenses.

        Abbott is seeking to enforce its patent rights relating to choline fenofibrate tablets (a drug Abbott sells under the trademark Trilipix). In five cases filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Abbott and its subsidiary Fournier Ireland allege that the defendants' proposed generic products infringe Abbott's patent and seek injunctive relief. Four cases against the following defendants are pending under a coordinated schedule: Lupin Limited and Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., filed in March 2010; Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Mylan Inc., filed in April 2010; Watson Laboratories, Inc.-Florida, Watson Pharma, Inc. and Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., filed in April 2010; and Actavis Elizabeth LLC and Actavis Inc., filed in May 2010. A fifth case against Sandoz Inc., filed in March 2011, is pending under a separate schedule.

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MANAGEMENT

Executive Officers Following the Separation

        While some of AbbVie's executive officers are currently officers and employees of Abbott, upon the separation, none of these individuals will continue to be employees or executive officers of Abbott. The following table sets forth information regarding individuals who are expected to serve as AbbVie's executive officers, including their positions after the separation.

Name
  Age   Position

Richard A. Gonzalez

    57   Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Laura J. Schumacher

    48   General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

William J. Chase

    44   Chief Financial Officer

Timothy J. Richmond

    45   Chief Human Resources Officer

        Mr. Gonzalez is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AbbVie. He has served as Abbott's Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical Products Group since July 2010, and is responsible for Abbott's worldwide pharmaceutical business, including commercial operations, research and development, and manufacturing. He has also served as President, Abbott Ventures Inc., Abbott's medical technology investment arm, from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Gonzalez joined Abbott in 1977 and held various management positions before briefly retiring in 2007, including Abbott's President and Chief Operating Officer, President, Chief Operating Officer of Abbott's Medical Products Group, Senior Vice President and President of Abbott's former Hospital Products Division (now Hospira, Inc.), Vice President and President of Abbott's Health Systems Division, and Divisional Vice President and General Manager for Abbott's Diagnostics Operations in the United States and Canada.

        Ms. Schumacher will be named General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of AbbVie. She has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary since 2007 and Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and General Counsel from 2005 to 2007. Ms. Schumacher is also responsible for Abbott's licensing and acquisitions function and its Office of Ethics and Compliance. Prior to her appointment as General Counsel, Ms. Schumacher headed Abbott's litigation department. Ms. Schumacher became a corporate officer of Abbott in 2003. Ms. Schumacher joined Abbott in 1990 as a litigation attorney.

        Mr. Chase will be named Chief Financial Officer of AbbVie. He has served as Vice President, Licensing and Acquisitions since 2010, Vice President, Treasurer from 2007 to 2010, and Divisional Vice President, Controller of Abbott International from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Chase became a corporate officer of Abbott in December 2007. Mr. Chase joined Abbott in 1989.

        Mr. Richmond will be named Chief Human Resources Officer of AbbVie. He has served as Divisional Vice President of Compensation & Benefits since 2008, Group Vice President of Talent and Rewards since 2007, and Divisional Vice President of Talent Acquisition since 2006. Mr. Richmond joined Abbott in 2006.

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Board of Directors Following the Separation

        The following table sets forth information with respect to those persons, in addition to Mr. Gonzalez, who are expected to serve on AbbVie's board of directors following the completion of the separation. The nominees will be presented to AbbVie's sole stockholder, Abbott, for election prior to the separation. AbbVie may name and present additional nominees for election prior to the separation.

Name
  Age   Title

Richard A. Gonzalez

    57   Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

        Director

        Director

        At the time of the separation, AbbVie expects that its board of directors will consist of the directors set forth above. Upon completion of the separation, AbbVie's board of directors will be divided into three classes, each comprised of        directors. The        directors designated as Class I directors will have terms expiring at the first annual meeting of stockholders following the distribution, which AbbVie expects to hold in 2013. The        directors designated as Class II directors will have terms expiring at the following year's annual meeting of stockholders, which AbbVie expects to hold in 2014, and the        directors designated as Class III directors will have terms expiring at the following year's annual meeting of stockholders, which AbbVie expects to hold in 2015. Commencing with the first annual meeting of stockholders following the separation, directors for each class will be elected at the annual meeting of stockholders held in the year in which the term for that class expires and thereafter will serve for a term of three years. At any meeting of stockholders for the election of directors at which a quorum is present, the election will be determined by a majority of the votes cast by the stockholders entitled to vote in the election, with directors not receiving a majority of the votes cast required to tender their resignations for consideration by the board, except that in the case of a contested election, the election will be determined by a plurality of the votes cast by the stockholders entitled to vote in the election.

    Director Independence

        A majority of AbbVie's board of directors will be comprised of directors who are "independent" as defined by the rules of the NYSE and the Corporate Governance Guidelines to be adopted by the board. AbbVie will seek to have all of its non-management directors qualify as "independent" under these standards. AbbVie's board of directors is expected to establish categorical standards to assist it in making its determination of director independence. AbbVie expects these standards will provide that no director qualifies as "independent" unless the board of directors affirmatively determines that the director has no material relationship with the company or its subsidiaries (either directly or as a partner, shareholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with the company or any of its subsidiaries). In making this determination, the board of directors shall consider all relevant facts and circumstances, including the following standards:

    a director is not independent if the director is, or has been within the last three years, an employee of AbbVie or its subsidiaries, or an immediate family member is, or has been within the last three years, an executive officer of AbbVie or its subsidiaries;

    a director is not independent if the director has received, or has an immediate family member who has received, during any 12-month period within the last three years, more than $120,000 in direct compensation from AbbVie or its subsidiaries, other than director and committee fees and pension or other forms of deferred compensation for prior service (provided such compensation is not contingent in any way on continued service), and other than amounts received by an immediate family member for service as an employee (other than an executive officer);

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    a director is not independent if (A) the director or an immediate family member is a current partner of a firm that is AbbVie's internal or external auditor; (B) the director is a current employee of such a firm; (C) the director has an immediate family member who is a current employee of such a firm and personally works on AbbVie's or its subsidiaries' audit; or (D) the director or an immediate family member was within the last three years a partner or employee of such a firm and personally worked on AbbVie or its subsidiaries' audit within that time;

    a director is not independent if the director or an immediate family member is, or has been within the last three years, employed as an executive officer of another company where any of the present executive officers of AbbVie or its subsidiaries at the same time serves or served on that company's compensation committee;

    a director is not independent if the director is a current employee, or an immediate family member is a current executive officer, of a company that has made payments to, or received payments from, AbbVie or its subsidiaries for property or services in an amount that, in any of the last three fiscal years, exceeds the greater of $1 million, or 2 percent of such other company's consolidated gross revenues; and

    a director is not independent if the director is an executive officer of a charitable organization that received charitable contributions (other than matching contributions) from AbbVie and its subsidiaries in the preceding fiscal year that are in excess of the greater of $1 million or 2 percent of such charitable organization's consolidated gross revenues.

        AbbVie's board of directors will assess on a regular basis, and at least annually, the independence of directors and, based on the recommendation of the Nominations and Governance Committee, will make a determination as to which members are independent. References to "AbbVie" above include any subsidiary in a consolidated group with AbbVie. The terms "immediate family member" and "executive officer" above are expected to have the same meanings specified for such terms in the NYSE listing standards.

Committees of the Board of Directors

        Effective upon the completion of the separation, AbbVie's board of directors will have the following standing committees: an Executive Committee, an Audit Committee, a Nominations and Governance Committee, a Compensation Committee, and a Public Policy Committee.

        Executive Committee.            ,        , and        are expected to be the members of the board's Executive Committee.         is expected to be the Executive Committee Chairman. This committee will have the ability to exercise all the authority of the board in the management of AbbVie, except for matters expressly reserved by law for board action.

        Audit Committee.            ,        , and        are expected to be the members of the board's Audit Committee.        is expected to be the Audit Committee Chairman. The board of directors is expected to determine that at least one member of the Audit Committee is an "audit committee financial expert" for purposes of the rules of the SEC. In addition, AbbVie expects that the board of directors will determine that each of the members of the Audit Committee will be independent, as defined by the rules of the NYSE, Section 10A(m)(3) of the Exchange Act, and in accordance with the company's Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Audit Committee will meet at least quarterly and will assist the board of directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by reviewing and reporting to the board of directors on AbbVie's accounting and financial reporting practices and the audit process, the quality and integrity of the company's financial statements, the independent auditors' qualifications, independence, and performance, the performance of the company's internal audit function and internal auditors, and certain areas of legal and regulatory compliance.

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        Nominations and Governance Committee.            ,        , and        are expected to be the members of the board's Nominations and Governance Committee.        is expected to be the Nominations and Governance Committee Chairman. The board of directors is expected to determine that each of the members of the Nominations and Governance Committee will be independent, as defined by the rules of the NYSE and in accordance with the company's Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Nominations and Governance Committee will assist the board of directors in identifying individuals qualified to become members of the board of directors (consistent with the criteria approved by AbbVie's board of directors), recommending director candidates for AbbVie's board of directors and its committees, recommending to the board the persons to be elected as AbbVie's executive officers, developing and recommending Corporate Governance Guidelines to AbbVie's board of directors, serving as a point of contact for shareholders, and performing a leadership role in shaping AbbVie's corporate governance.

        Compensation Committee.            ,        , and        are expected to be the members of the board's Compensation Committee.         is expected to be the Compensation Committee Chairman. The board of directors is expected to determine that each member of the Compensation Committee will be independent, as defined by the rules of the NYSE and in accordance with the company's Corporate Governance Guidelines. In addition, AbbVie expects that the members of the Compensation Committee will qualify as "non-employee directors" for purposes of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act and as "outside directors" for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code. The Compensation Committee will assist the board of directors in carrying out the board's responsibilities relating to the compensation of AbbVie's executive officers and directors. The Compensation Committee will annually review the compensation paid to the members of the board and give its recommendations to the full board regarding both the amount of director compensation that should be paid and the allocation of that compensation between equity-based awards and cash. In recommending director compensation, the Compensation Committee will take comparable director fees into account and review any arrangement that could be viewed as indirect director compensation. This committee will also review, approve, and administer the incentive compensation plans in which any executive officer of AbbVie participates and all of AbbVie's equity-based plans. It may delegate the responsibility to administer and make grants under these plans to management, except to the extent that such delegation would be inconsistent with applicable law or regulation or with the listing rules of the NYSE. The Compensation Committee will have the sole authority, under its charter, to select, retain, and/or terminate independent compensation advisors.

        Public Policy Committee.            ,        , and        are expected to be members of the board's Public Policy Committee.         is expected to be the Public Policy Committee Chairman. The board of directors is expected to determine that each member of the Public Policy Committee is independent, as defined by the rules of the NYSE and in accordance with the company's Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Public Policy Committee will be responsible for assisting the board of directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibility with respect to AbbVie's public policy, certain areas of legal and regulatory compliance, and governmental affairs and health care compliance issues that affect the company by discharging the responsibilities set forth in its charter.

        The board of directors is expected to adopt a written charter for each of the Audit Committee, the Nominations and Governance Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Public Policy Committee. These charters will be posted on AbbVie's website in connection with the separation.

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

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were made by Abbott, as described in the section of this information statement captioned "Compensation Discussion and Analysis."

Corporate Governance

    Stockholder Recommendations for Director Nominees

        AbbVie's amended and restated by-laws will contain provisions that address the process by which a stockholder may nominate an individual to stand for election to the board of directors. AbbVie expects that the board of directors will adopt a policy concerning the evaluation of stockholder recommendations of board candidates by the Nominations and Governance Committee.

    Corporate Governance Guidelines

        The board of directors is expected to adopt a set of Corporate Governance Guidelines in connection with the separation to assist it in guiding AbbVie's governance practices. These practices will be regularly re-evaluated by the Nominations and Governance Committee in light of changing circumstances in order to continue serving the company's best interests and the best interests of its stockholders.

    Communicating with the Board of Directors

        The company's Corporate Governance Guidelines will include procedures by which stockholders and other interested parties may communicate with AbbVie's board of directors by writing a letter to the chairman of the board, to the lead director, or to the independent directors c/o AbbVie, 1 North Waukegan Road, North Chicago, Illinois 60064. The general counsel and corporate secretary will regularly forward to the addressee all letters other than mass mailings, advertisements, and other materials not relevant to AbbVie's business. In addition, directors will regularly receive a log of all correspondence received by the company that is addressed to a member of the board and may request any correspondence on that log.

    Director Qualification Standards

        The company's Corporate Governance Guidelines will provide that the Nominations and Governance Committee is responsible for reviewing with AbbVie's board of directors the appropriate skills and characteristics required of board members in the context of the makeup of the board of directors and developing criteria for identifying and evaluating board candidates.

        The process that this committee will use to identify a nominee to serve as a member of the board of directors will depend on the qualities being sought. From time to time, AbbVie may engage an executive search firm to assist the committee in identifying individuals qualified to be board members. Board members should have backgrounds that when combined provide a portfolio of experience and knowledge that will serve AbbVie's governance and strategic needs. In the process of identifying nominees to serve as a member of the board of directors, the Nominations and Governance Committee will consider the board's diversity of ethnicity, gender, and geography and assesses the effectiveness of the process in achieving that diversity. Board candidates will be considered on the basis of a range of criteria, including broad-based business knowledge and relationships, prominence and excellent reputations in their primary fields of endeavor, worldwide business perspective, and commitment to good corporate citizenship. The committee will also consider the individual's independence, judgment, integrity, and ability to commit sufficient time and attention to the activities of the board, as well as the absence of any potential conflicts with AbbVie's interests. Candidates should have demonstrated experience and ability that is relevant to the board of directors' oversight role with respect to AbbVie's business and affairs.

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        The Nominations and Governance Committee will consider the criteria described above in the context of an assessment of the perceived needs of the board of directors as a whole and seek to achieve diversity of occupational and personal backgrounds on the board. The board will be responsible for selecting candidates for election as directors based on the recommendation of the Nominations and Governance Committee.

    Lead Director

        The lead director will facilitate communication with the board of directors and will preside over regularly conducted executive sessions of the independent directors or sessions where the chairman of the board is not present. It will be the role of the lead director to review and approve matters, such as agenda items, schedule sufficiency, and, where appropriate, information provided to other board members. The lead director will be chosen by and from the independent members of the board of directors, and will serve as the liaison between the chairman and the independent directors; however, all directors will be encouraged to consult with the chairman on each of the above topics as well. The lead director, and each of the other directors, will be expected to communicate regularly with the chairman and chief executive officer regarding appropriate agenda topics and other board related matters. The lead director also has the authority to call meetings of the independent directors and, if requested by major shareholders, ensures that he or she is available for consultation and direct communication.

    Policies on Business Ethics; Chief Compliance Officer

        In connection with the separation, AbbVie will adopt a Code of Conduct that requires all its business activities to be conducted in compliance with laws, regulations, and ethical principles and values. All directors, officers, and employees of AbbVie will be required to read, understand, and abide by the requirements of the Code of Conduct.

        The Code of Conduct will be accessible on the company's website. Any waiver of the Code of Conduct for directors or executive officers may be made only by the Audit Committee. AbbVie will disclose any amendment to, or waiver from, a provision of the Code of Conduct for the principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions, on the company's website within four business days following the date of the amendment or waiver. In addition, the company will disclose any waiver from the Code of Conduct for the other executive officers and for directors on the website.

        AbbVie expects to have a Chief Compliance Officer who will report to both the Chief Executive Officer and to the Public Policy Committee. The Chief Compliance Officer will be responsible for overseeing, administering, and monitoring AbbVie's Compliance Program.

    Procedures for Treatment of Complaints Regarding Accounting, Internal Accounting Controls, and Auditing Matters

        In accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, AbbVie expects that its Audit Committee will adopt procedures for the receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, and auditing matters and to allow for the confidential, anonymous submission by employees and others of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.

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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

Introduction

        As noted above, AbbVie is currently part of Abbott and not an independent company, and its Compensation Committee has not yet been constituted. Decisions as to the past compensation of those who currently serve as its officers have been made by Abbott. This Compensation Discussion and Analysis discusses these historical compensation practices and attempts to outline certain aspects of AbbVie's anticipated compensation structure for its senior executive officers following the separation. While AbbVie has discussed its anticipated programs and policies with the Compensation Committee of Abbott's board of directors (the Abbott Compensation Committee), they remain subject to the review and approval of AbbVie's own Compensation Committee.

        For purposes of the following Compensation Discussion and Analysis and executive compensation disclosures, the individuals listed below are collectively referred to as AbbVie's "named executive officers." They are AbbVie's chief executive officer and chief financial officer, and its three most highly compensated executive officers (other than the chief executive officer and chief financial officer), based on 2011 compensation from Abbott.

    Richard A. Gonzalez, AbbVie Chief Executive Officer.  Prior to the separation, Mr. Gonzalez served as Abbott's Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical Products Group.

    William J. Chase, AbbVie Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to the separation, Mr. Chase served as Abbott's Vice President, Licensing and Acquisitions.

    Laura J. Schumacher, AbbVie General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.  Prior to the separation, Ms. Schumacher served as Abbott's Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary.

    Carlos Alban, AbbVie Senior Vice President, Proprietary Pharmaceutical Products, Global Commercial Operations.  Prior to the separation, Mr. Alban served as Abbott's Senior Vice President, Proprietary Pharmaceutical Products, Global Commercial Operations.

    John M. Leonard, M.D., AbbVie Senior Vice President, Pharmaceuticals, Research and Development. Prior to the separation, Dr. Leonard served as Abbott's Senior Vice President, Pharmaceuticals, Research and Development.

        Additional information about AbbVie's expected senior executive team following the separation is set forth in the section of this information statement captioned "Management—Executive Officers Following the Separation." Initially, AbbVie's compensation policies will be largely the same as those employed at Abbott. AbbVie's compensation committee will review these policies and practices, and, it is expected, will make adjustments to support AbbVie's strategies and to remain market competitive.

        The following sections of this Compensation Discussion and Analysis describe Abbott's compensation philosophy, policies and practices as they applied to the AbbVie named executive officers listed above during 2011.

Compensation Philosophy and Components of Pay

    Historically

        Abbott and the Abbott Compensation Committee have established a compensation philosophy that is designed to attract and retain executive officers whose talent and contributions sustain Abbott's profitable growth. The intent of this philosophy is to directly support achievement of Abbott's primary business strategies and goals, while also aligning executive officers' performance and rewards with shareholders' interests. Consequently, the vast majority of executive compensation at Abbott is performance-based.

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        There are four primary pay components that have formed Abbott's executive pay program as part of the Abbott organization: base pay, annual bonuses, long-term incentives, and benefits. Each serves complementary, but different, and specific, purposes.

        Base Pay.    Setting appropriate levels of base pay ensures that Abbott can attract and retain a leadership team that will continue to meet Abbott's commitments to customers and patients and sustain profitable growth for Abbott's shareholders. Talented executive officers have choices of where they work, and Abbott's base pay rates need to be competitive in the context of total compensation.

        Annual Bonus.    Abbott's annual bonus (short-term incentive) program aims to align executive officers' interests directly with the annual operating strategies, financial goals, and leadership requirements of Abbott's business. It provides a direct link between executive officers' short-term incentives and Abbott's annual performance results through both measurable financial and operational performance and subjective assessments of strategic progress. Some goals, strategies, and leadership requirements may apply to all executive officers and, as such, may be corporate priorities that are shared by all Abbott executive officers in any given year (for example, earnings per share targets in 2011, as disclosed below). Certain measurable financial goals apply only to some executive officers, reflecting their specific areas of responsibility. Additionally, most executive officers are subject to strategic or leadership-oriented goals, which require qualitative, subjective assessment of their progress during the year. Finally, the process of determining annual bonus awards allows for the Abbott Compensation Committee's discretion, since many goals, especially for certain positions, cannot be reduced to formulaic, numerical targets, or anticipated in advance.

        By design, therefore, short-term incentives directly tie executive officers' pay with both Abbott and individual results while allowing for Abbott Compensation Committee discretion to address unforeseen developments. In the aggregate, short-term incentives should be paid roughly at target when goals are substantially met, below target if goals are not substantially met, and above target if goals are substantially exceeded.

        Long-Term Incentives.    Long-term incentives serve two primary purposes: first, to directly align the largest component of executive officer pay with shareholders' direct, long-term interests; and second, to help ensure continued performance success through effective focus and retention of executive talent. Executive officers' interests are directly aligned with those of Abbott shareholders in two ways—first, through direct stock ownership. Executive officers, as shareholders, benefit from the results they create for other shareholders. Second, the level of awards executive officers receive varies, by plan design and based on each executive officer's individual performance, as reviewed by the Abbott Compensation Committee. The Abbott Compensation Committee considers, among other things, measures that directly track shareholder returns or operating or strategic results which lead to the creation or loss of shareholder value. Awards are further differentiated based on each executive officer's specific contribution to long-term strategic results and leadership contribution. To achieve this outcome, Abbott grants non-qualified stock options, full-value performance based shares, and full-value shares of restricted stock, subject to vesting requirements.

        Historically, and in 2011, long-term incentives have comprised roughly two-thirds of total compensation for Abbott named executive officers. Accordingly, long-term incentive compensation represents a compelling and direct link between executive officers' interests and Abbott shareholder results.

        Benefits.    As with all Abbott employees, Abbott executive officers receive certain employment and post-employment benefits. Benefits are an important part of retention and capital preservation for all levels of employees. Benefits protect against the expense of unexpected catastrophic loss of health and/or earnings potential, and provide a means to save and accumulate for retirement or other post-employment needs.

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    Going Forward

        Base Pay.    AbbVie's Compensation Committee will establish the base pay of AbbVie's named executive officers after the separation. AbbVie expects that adjustments to base pay, if any, will reflect factors such as each named executive officer's post-separation level of responsibility as well as market data for similar positions at comparable peer companies.

        Annual Bonus.    In connection with the separation, AbbVie expects to adopt an annual incentive plan with terms to be determined by its Compensation Committee. AbbVie expects that its Compensation Committee will establish performance goals based on an incentive structure that initially is similar to that which is in place at Abbott. AbbVie expects that the annual incentive targets for its named executive officers will be aligned with competitive market rates, based on peer company comparisons.

        Long-term Incentives.    AbbVie intends to adopt, subject to the approval of Abbott prior to the separation, in its capacity as AbbVie's sole stockholder, the AbbVie 2012 Incentive Stock Program ("AbbVie Incentive Stock Program") which AbbVie expects will be substantially similar to Abbott's 2009 Incentive Stock Program. The AbbVie Incentive Stock Program is expected to permit AbbVie to grant stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance awards, other share-based awards, and cash awards. Target levels for long-term incentive compensation for named executive officers following the separation are expected to be set based on each named executive officer's post-separation level of responsibility, as well as market data for similar positions at comparable peer companies.

        Benefits.    AbbVie's Compensation Committee will review the benefits and perquisites that its named executive officers received in connection with their employment with Abbott. AbbVie expects that it will initially provide benefits and perquisites similar to those provided by Abbott immediately prior to the separation.

How Executive Pay Decisions Are Made

    Historically

        As noted above, the named executive officers have been participating in Abbott's executive compensation programs. The vast majority of pay decisions at Abbott are performance-based. Specific goals and targets are the foundation of Abbott's pay-for-performance process and this section describes how they apply to specific pay components. It is important to remember, however, that while Abbott's pay process is based on a comprehensive, multi-level review, it is not formulaic. Some goals can be measured objectively against predetermined financial results. Others take the form of the Abbott Compensation Committee's subjective assessment of success and progress against strategic objectives or leadership results, which cannot be scored by numeric or formulaic application of measurable criteria. Consequently, while final pay decisions are guided by some specific, objective measures, the Abbott Compensation Committee, in consultation with its independent compensation consultant, also considers, at both the Abbott company-wide level and the individual level, a combination of objective and subjective measures in the overall assessment of performance and the pay decisions that result from that assessment. Specifically, discussion of the decision making criteria for each component follows.

        Peer Group.    To provide the appropriate context for executive pay decisions, the Abbott Compensation Committee, in consultation with its independent compensation consultant, assesses market pay practices and compensation levels of two designated groups of high-profile companies. The Abbott Compensation Committee thoughtfully considers on an annual basis which companies should be included in the peer groups and believes the selected companies represent the most appropriate groups for comparison. In addition to competing for executive talent, the peer companies also maintain

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complex business operations with significant worldwide reach. Abbott's comparison groups for setting targets for compensation include the following two worldwide reference groups:

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    Primarily, direct health care competitors. This group presently includes Amgen Inc., Bristol Myers Squibb Company, Eli Lilly and Company, Glaxo SmithKline plc, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Company, Inc., Novartis AG, and Pfizer, Inc.

    2.
    Secondarily, in order to supplement performance and compensation data from Abbott's direct health care competitors, Abbott selects a group of worldwide, diversified high performing companies with a five-year average return on equity of 18 percent or higher that are similar to Abbott in terms of size and/or scope of operations. This group currently includes 3M Company, Bristol Myers Squibb Company, Caterpillar Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate Palmolive Company, General Dynamics Corporation, General Mills, Inc., H.J. Heinz Company, Kellogg Company, Kimberly Clark Corporation, McDonald's Corporation, Merck & Company, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc., and Procter & Gamble Co.

        Base Pay.    Base pay targets must be competitive with the target market from which talent is obtained. Generally, Abbott sets base pay targets in a manner that references the median of the health care competitor group as an initial benchmark, but allows for adjustment based upon secondary reference to the high-performing group. Specific pay rates, however, are based on an executive officer's profile, performance, experience, and unique skills, as well as upon consideration of internal equity with others at Abbott. Once the rate of pay is set in this manner, either at the time of hire or upon promotion or transfer, subsequent changes in pay, including salary increases when appropriate, are based on the executive officer's performance, the job he or she is performing or assuming, internal equity and Abbott's operating budget. In this regard, base pay is performance-based and is aligned with the individual's relative contribution and body of work.

        Annual Bonus.    Messrs. Gonzalez and Alban, Ms. Schumacher, and Dr. Leonard participate in the 1998 Abbott Laboratories Performance Incentive Plan (the "PIP") and Mr. Chase participates in the 1986 Abbott Laboratories Management Incentive Program (the "MIP"). The PIP and the MIP are substantially similar except that the PIP is designed to comply with the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for performance-based compensation.

        Each year, maximum award allocations for PIP participants as a percentage of consolidated net earnings are set. For 2011, the maximum award for the named executive officers was 0.075 percent of adjusted consolidated net earnings. Historically, and in 2011, the Abbott Compensation Committee exercised its discretion to deliver PIP awards that were below the maximum awards authorized by these levels. Under the MIP, target levels are established based on market practice and internal equity considerations. The target award for Mr. Chase was 80 percent of base salary.

        Assessments of performance against financial results take into account the impact of specified factors or events, and the appropriateness of these adjustments is reviewed annually. For a reconciliation of these adjustments to GAAP, see Exhibit 99.1 to Abbott's Form 8-K, filed on January 25, 2012.

        In making its determinations of the actual awards to participants, the Abbott Compensation Committee considers predetermined financial goals and individual goals, some of which are objective and quantifiable, and other strategic or leadership goals for which assessment is not solely dictated by numeric or formulaic applications of measurable criteria. Moreover, while each participant has pre-determined goals, the Abbott Compensation Committee also considers relative achievements, or developments (at Abbott, in the marketplace and in the world economy) that could not have been foreseen when individual goals were formulated. Goals specific to each named executive officer are described separately in this section under "—2011 Compensation Decisions—Historically—Goals."

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        Long-term Incentives.    Long-term incentive targets at Abbott are driven by two primary factors: first, internal equity and the executive officer's relative contribution to Abbott's long-term success; and second, Abbott's performance in respect of both short- and long-term returns to shareholders, as well as relative performance against financial or operating measures that drive shareholder returns, and performance against strategic objectives, such as pipeline development or acquisitions (which may dilute returns in the short-term, but are, in the Abbott Compensation Committee's judgment, in the best long-term interests of Abbott and its shareholders). While long-term incentive awards may be awarded annually, the Abbott Compensation Committee's assessment includes one-, three- and five-year measures of a number of relative benchmarks, including total shareholder return, return on equity, return on net assets, and earnings per share growth. The results are compared both to those of Abbott's direct health care competitors and those of the high performance reference group mentioned earlier.

        These long-term measures are all taken into consideration without specific weighting. In the aggregate, they provide the Abbott Compensation Committee with a relative performance rating of Abbott to peers over one-, three- and five-year periods. Then, starting with the independent compensation consultant's recommendations regarding target or reference levels of appropriate long-term incentive by individual, the Abbott Compensation Committee determines grants for each individual based on its objective and subjective assessment of performance, progress against strategic milestones, and environmental factors which affected the individual's or Abbott's performance.

        Long-Term Incentives—Equity Awards.    Based on the Abbott Compensation Committee's assessment of performance, the goals of Abbott's long-term incentive program, each individual's relative performance against his or her predetermined goals, current outstanding awards held by the named executive officers and the recommendation of its independent compensation consultant, the Abbott Compensation Committee delivered long-term incentive awards to the named executive officers that were intended to, in the aggregate, reflect performance at the median of the Abbott health care peer comparison group.

        Applying these standards, the Abbott Compensation Committee determined the value of long-term equity awards for the named executive officers and made the awards reported in the Summary Compensation Table below. Further, the Abbott Compensation Committee determined, in 2011, based on market practice, advice from its independent compensation consultant and in consideration of the recommendations of institutional shareholders, that the long-term incentive award for the named executive officers should be in the form of 25 percent stock options and 75 percent performance-vesting shares.

        Abbott's policy with respect to annual equity awards for all employees, including the named executive officers, is to grant the award and set the grant price at the same time each year, at the Abbott Compensation Committee's regularly scheduled February meeting. These meetings generally are the third Friday of February and their dates are scheduled two years in advance. In 2011, the annual grant was dated and the grant price set on February 18th. The historical practice for setting the grant price is to average the highest and lowest trading price of a common share on the date of the grant (rounded up to the next even penny). The grant price for the 2011 annual grant was $46.60. The high, low, and closing prices of an Abbott common share on February 18, 2011 were $46.89, $46.28 and $46.88, respectively. One-third of the 2011 annual grant to the named executive officers vested in February 2012.

        In establishing criteria for performance-vesting shares, the Abbott Compensation Committee considered the recommendation of its independent compensation consultant, and the fact that the secondary comparison of high-performance companies is currently defined by five-year average return on equity of 18 percent or greater.

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        Accordingly, performance-based stock awards granted in 2011 at Abbott will be earned (vested) over a period of up to five years, with not more than one-third of the award vesting in any one year, dependent upon Abbott achieving an annual return on equity threshold of 18 percent from continuing operations adjusted for specified items per the quarterly earnings releases (which is currently above the median of Abbott's Standard Industrial Classification peer group). If the thresholds are met in three of the five years, 100 percent of the performance shares will vest. If the thresholds are missed in all five years, 100 percent of the performance shares will be forfeited. Outstanding shares of restricted stock receive dividends at the same rate as all other shareholders.

    Going Forward

        AbbVie expects that the executive compensation programs it initially adopts will be similar to those in place at Abbott immediately prior to the separation. Following the separation, AbbVie's Compensation Committee will continue to consider and develop AbbVie's compensation structure, practices, and procedures in order to effectively meet the company's business needs and goals.

2011 Compensation Decisions

    Historically

        Goals.    Abbott's payment of annual bonuses to each of its named executive officers is subject to the achievement of financial and other performance goals, which are described below with respect to the 2011 fiscal year.

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    Financial Goals

Name
  Goal and Expected Result   Results Achieved

Richard A. Gonzalez

  A.   Adjusted Diluted EPS of $4.59   A.   Adjusted Diluted EPS of $4.66

  B.   Achieve Pharmaceutical Products Group Adjusted Sales   B.   Achieved—$21,958MM

  C.   Achieve Pharmaceutical Products Group Adjusted Operating Margin   C.   Achieved—$7,905MM

William J. Chase

 

A.

 

Adjusted Diluted EPS of $4.59

 

A.

 

Adjusted Diluted EPS of $4.66

  B.   Achieve Division Margin Goal   B.   Achieved P&L Initiative

Laura J. Schumacher

 

A.

 

Adjusted Diluted EPS of $4.59

 

A.

 

Adjusted Diluted EPS of $4.66

Carlos Alban

 

A.

 

Adjusted Diluted EPS of $4.59

 

A.

 

Adjusted Diluted EPS of $4.66

  B.   Achieve Pharmaceutical Products Group Adjusted Sales   B.   Achieved—$21,958MM

  C.   Achieve Pharmaceutical Products Group Adjusted Operating Margin   C.   Achieved—$7,905MM

  D.   Achieve Pharmaceutical Products Division Adjusted Sales   D.   Achieved

  E.   Achieve Pharmaceutical Products Division Adjusted Operating Margin   E.   Achieved

  F.   Achieve Plan Gross Margin   F.   Achieved

  G.   Achieve Humira Sales   G.   Mostly Achieved

John M. Leonard

 

A.

 

Adjusted Diluted EPS of $4.59

 

A.

 

Adjusted Diluted EPS of $4.66

  B.   Achieve Pharmaceutical Products Group Adjusted Sales   B.   Achieved—$21,958MM

  C.   Achieve Pharmaceutical Products Group Adjusted Operating Margin   C.   Achieved—$7,905MM

  D.   Achieve Plan Gross Margin   D.   Achieved

Other Goals

        Richard A. Gonzalez.    Develop comprehensive and strategic actions for key brands; meet acquisition, in-license and partnership milestones and launch first wave of products within approved timeframe; secure key strategic high quality pipeline assets for sourced innovation by December 31, 2011, either in-licensed product(s) or business acquisitions; focus on change management initiatives, collaboration and communication of division strategy, succession planning, upgrading rewards and recognition programs and leadership development program.

Results:    Mr. Gonzalez achieved the above goals in all material aspects.

        William J. Chase.    Achieve proprietary pharmaceutical pipeline enhancement objectives; key plans for expansion in important emerging markets; acquisition, in-license and partnership milestones in the pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical businesses.

Results:    Mr. Chase achieved the above goals in all material aspects except for the proprietary pharmaceutical pipeline goal, which was mostly achieved.

        Laura J. Schumacher.    Successfully resolve key intellectual property litigation; resolve significant commercial litigation matters or investigations; achieve proprietary pharmaceutical pipeline enhancement objectives; achieve key compliance initiatives to ensure Abbott protects reputation and shareholder value.

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Results:    Ms. Schumacher achieved the above goals in all material aspects.

        Carlos Alban.    Achieve strategic objectives for Pharmaceutical Products division including commercial strategies, organizational structure, manufacturing and intellectual property.

Results:    Mr. Alban achieved the above goals in all material aspects.

        John M. Leonard, M.D.    Secure key strategic high quality pipeline assets for sources innovation by December 31, 2011, either in-licensed product(s) or business acquisitions; achieve targeted goal for advancement of pipeline assets and regulatory approval; achieve key governance and compliance initiatives; focus on change management initiatives and leadership development.

Results:    Dr. Leonard achieved some strategic and compliance goals, but certain pipeline goals were not achieved.

        Goal Performance.    The individual goals described above are determined at the beginning of the year as part of Abbott's annual performance and compensation planning process. With respect to PIP participants: the Abbott Compensation Committee considers, both at Abbott and at the individual level, achievement with respect to these goals, as well as the performance of the individual overall with respect to all matters not specifically defined in the predetermined goals, including leadership competencies and other individual contributions to Abbott performance on a qualitative basis. Additionally, the Abbott Compensation Committee may also consider unforeseen circumstances or developments (in Abbott, the marketplace, and/or the world economy) that may have affected performance.

        For each participant, a target bonus is set as a percentage of base salary. Actual PIP bonuses were based on a comprehensive review of individual and corporate performance by the Abbott Compensation Committee and its independent compensation consultant.

        To determine each such annual bonus, the Abbott Compensation Committee considered the executive officer's target bonus, expressed as a percentage of base pay, and made its final determination of the appropriate award at, above or below the target, considering all of these factors, in consultation with its independent compensation consultant. While the review is comprehensive, it is not solely formulaic.

        In each case, for all of Abbott's named executive officers, there were multiple levels of review of the proposed award. For Messrs. Gonzalez and Alban, Ms. Schumacher, and Dr. Leonard, the Abbott chief executive officer, the Abbott Compensation Committee, and the independent compensation consultant reviewed the proposals.

        While Abbott's overall merit increase budget in the United States was 3 percent in 2011, Abbott management recommended, and the Abbott Compensation Committee approved, in consideration of general market and business conditions, that all Abbott officers, including named executive officers, would not receive a merit increase in 2011.

    Individual Awards

        Richard A. Gonzalez.    Effective February 17, 2012, Mr. Gonzalez was awarded a bonus of $1,230,000, which was above his target bonus of 105 percent of base pay. Effective February 18, 2011, he received long-term incentives, including 55,100 stock options and a 39,200 share performance-vesting restricted stock award.

        William J. Chase.    Effective February 17, 2012, Mr. Chase was awarded a bonus of $330,000, which was above his target bonus of 80 percent of base pay. Effective February 18, 2011, he received long-term incentives, including 19,000 stock options and a 13,500 share performance-vesting restricted stock award.

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        Laura J. Schumacher.    Effective February 17, 2012, Ms. Schumacher was awarded a bonus of $1,180,000, which was above her target bonus of 110 percent of base pay. Effective February 18, 2011, she received long-term incentives, including 57,500 stock options and a 40,900 share performance-vesting restricted stock award.

        Carlos Alban.    Effective February 17, 2012, Mr. Alban was awarded a bonus of $610,000, which was at his target bonus of 100 percent of base pay. Effective February 18, 2011, he received long-term incentives, including 45,800 stock options and a 32,500 share performance-vesting restricted stock award.

        John M. Leonard, M.D.    Effective February 17, 2012, Dr. Leonard was awarded a bonus of $475,500, which was below his target bonus of 90 percent of base pay. Effective February 18, 2011, he received long-term incentives, including 31,200 stock options and a 22,200 share performance-vesting restricted stock award.

    Going Forward

        AbbVie expects that its Compensation Committee will develop a process for establishing financial and non-financial performance goals that initially will be similar to that of Abbott.

Post-Termination and Other Benefits

    Historically

        Each of the benefits described below was chosen to support Abbott's objective of providing a total competitive pay program. Individual benefits do not directly affect decisions regarding other benefits or pay components, except to the extent that all benefits and pay components must, in aggregate, be competitive, as previously discussed. Mr. Gonzalez, who had retired from Abbott in 2007, returned to work at Abbott in 2009. Upon his initial return to work at Abbott in 2009, and upon his interim appointment as Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical Products in 2010, Mr. Gonzalez did not resume participation in any of Abbott's employee benefits plans for active employees. Currently, he continues to receive Abbott retiree benefits, including pension and retiree health care benefits.

        Retirement Benefits.    The named executive officers participate in two Abbott-sponsored defined benefit plans: the Abbott Laboratories Annuity Retirement Plan and the Abbott Laboratories Supplemental Pension Plan. As stated above, Mr. Gonzalez was not, as of December 31, 2011, accruing any additional benefits under these Abbott plans. These plans are described in greater detail in the section of this information statement captioned "Executive Compensation—Pension Benefits."

        Since the named executive officers' Abbott Supplemental Pension Plan benefits cannot be secured in a manner similar to tax-qualified plans, the assets of which are held in trust, the named executive officers receive an annual cash payment equal to the increase in present value of their Supplemental Pension Plan benefit. Named executive officers have the option of depositing these annual payments in an individually established grantor trust, net of tax withholdings. Deposited amounts may be credited with the difference between the named executive officer's actual annual trust earnings and the rate used to calculate trust funding (currently 8 percent). Amounts deposited in the individual trusts are not tax deferred. Since amounts contributed to the trust have already been taxed, Abbott remits the tax owed on the income earned by the trust or any company adjustment paid to the trust, thus preserving the parity of the benefit to the benefits payable under the Annuity Retirement Plan. The manner in which the grantor trust is to be distributed to an officer upon retirement from Abbott generally follows the manner elected by the named executive officer under the Annuity Retirement Plan. Should a named executive officer (or the named executive officer's spouse, depending upon the pension distribution method elected by the officer under the Annuity Retirement Plan) live beyond the actuarial life expectancy age used to determine the Supplemental Pension Plan benefit and therefore exhaust the

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trust balance, the Supplemental Pension Plan benefit will be paid to the named executive officer by Abbott.

        Deferred Compensation.    The named executive officers, like all U.S. Abbott employees, are eligible to defer a portion of their annual base salary, on a pre-tax basis, to Abbott's qualified 401(k) plan, up to the IRS contribution limits. Named executive officers are also eligible to defer up to 18 percent of their base salary, less contributions to the 401(k) plan, to a non-qualified plan. All U.S. Abbott employees may defer up to 18 percent as well, subject to IRS limits. One hundred percent of annual incentive awards earned under the PIP and MIP are also eligible for deferral to a non-qualified plan. Named executive officers may defer these amounts to unfunded book accounts or choose to have the amounts paid in cash on a current basis and deposited into individually established grantor trusts, net of tax withholdings. These amounts are credited annually with earnings equivalent to the average prime rate over the previous thirteen months plus 2.25 percent. Amounts deposited in the individual trusts are not tax deferred. Since amounts contributed to the trusts have already been taxed, Abbott remits the tax owed on the income earned by the trusts or any Abbott adjustment paid to the trusts, thus preserving the parity of the benefit to the benefits payable under the qualified 401(k) plan or the PIP or MIP, as applicable. The named executive officers elect the manner in which the assets held in their grantor trusts will be distributed to them upon retirement or other separation from services to Abbott.

        Change in Control Arrangements.    Mr. Gonzalez is not party to a change in control agreement with Abbott, and Abbott currently is not granting change in control agreements to new executive officers. Messrs. Alban and Chase, Ms. Schumacher, and Dr. Leonard are party to change in control agreements with Abbott that reflect past contractual obligations. The purpose of these agreements is to aid in retention and recruitment, encourage continued attention and dedication to assigned duties during periods involving a possible change in control of Abbott and protect earned benefits against adverse changes resulting from a change in control. The level of payments provided under the agreements is established to be consistent with market practice as confirmed by data provided to the Abbott Compensation Committee by its independent compensation consultant. The separation is not deemed a change in control under any of these agreements. These arrangements are described in greater detail in the section of this information statement captioned "Executive Compensation—Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control."

        Financial Planning.    Ms. Schumacher, Mr. Alban, and Dr. Leonard are eligible for up to $10,000, and Mr. Chase is eligible for up to $6,500, of annual costs associated with estate planning advice, tax preparation and general financial planning fees. If one of these officers chooses to utilize this benefit, fees for services received up to the annual allocation are paid by Abbott and are treated as imputed income to the officer who then is responsible for payment of all taxes due on the fees paid by Abbott.

        Company Automobile.    Messrs. Alban and Chase, Ms. Schumacher, and Dr. Leonard are eligible for use of a company-leased vehicle, with a lease term of 50 months. Seventy-five percent (75 percent) of the cost of the vehicle is imputed to the officer as income for federal income tax purposes.

        Disability Benefit.    In addition to Abbott's standard disability benefits, the named executive officers are eligible for a monthly long-term disability benefit, which is described in greater detail in the section of this information statement captioned "Executive Compensation—Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control."

    Going Forward

        AbbVie will maintain the change in control agreements of Abbott officers who become employed by AbbVie following the separation, except that benefits would be payable upon a qualifying termination following a change in control of AbbVie, rather than Abbott. Please see the section of this information statement captioned "Executive Compensation—Potential Payments Upon Termination or

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Change in Control" for a description of the change in control agreements. Going forward, AbbVie's Compensation Committee will consider and determine whether to adopt change in control and other post-termination policies, agreements, or other arrangements.

Share Ownership Guidelines

    Historically

        To further promote sustained shareholder return and to ensure Abbott's officers remain focused on both short- and long-term objectives, Abbott has established share ownership guidelines. Each officer has five years from the date appointed or elected to his or her position to achieve the ownership level associated with the position. The share ownership requirements are 175,000 shares for the Chief Executive Officer of Abbott; 50,000 shares for Executive Vice Presidents and Senior Vice Presidents, including Messrs. Gonzalez and Alban, Ms. Schumacher, and Dr. Leonard; and 25,000 shares for all other officers, including Mr. Chase. All of the named executive officers meet or substantially exceed Abbott's guidelines.

        As provided in Abbott's Incentive Stock Program, no award may be assigned, alienated, sold or transferred other than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution, pursuant to a qualified domestic relations order or as permitted by the Abbott Compensation Committee for estate planning purposes, and no award and no right under any award may be pledged, alienated, attached or otherwise encumbered. All members of senior management, including the named executive officers, are required to clear any transaction involving company stock with the Abbott General Counsel prior to entering into such transaction.

    Going Forward

        AbbVie expects its share ownership guidelines for executive officers to be developed in consultation with its Compensation Committee, taking into account market practice.

Compliance

    Historically

        The Abbott Performance Incentive Plan and Incentive Stock Program, which are described above, are intended to comply with Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) to ensure deductibility.

        The Abbott Compensation Committee reserves the flexibility to take actions that may be based on considerations in addition to tax deductibility. The Abbott Compensation Committee believes that shareholder interests are best served by not restricting the Abbott Compensation Committee's discretion and flexibility in crafting compensation programs, even if such programs may result in certain non-deductible compensation expenses. Accordingly, the Abbott Compensation Committee may from time to time approve components of compensation for certain officers that are not deductible.

        While the Abbott Compensation Committee does not anticipate there would ever be circumstances where a restatement of earnings upon which any incentive plan award decisions were based would occur, the Abbott Compensation Committee, in evaluating such circumstances, has discretion to take all actions necessary to protect the interests of shareholders, up to and including actions to recover such incentive awards. Such circumstances have never occurred for Abbott.

    Going Forward

        AbbVie expects its Compensation Committee to adopt a similar practice with respect to minimizing the adverse effect of Section 162(m) on the deductibility of compensation expense following the separation that will be driven by the considerations described above with respect to Abbott.

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        Additionally, AbbVie expects that its Compensation Committee will have the discretion to take actions necessary to protect the interests of shareholders, up to and including actions to recover incentive awards under specified circumstances.

Compensation Risk Assessment

    Historically

        During 2011, Abbott, through its Human Resources department in coordination with its Internal Audit department, conducted a risk assessment of its compensation policies and practices for employees, including those related to its executive compensation programs. Abbott's risk assessment included a qualitative and quantitative analysis of its employee compensation and benefit programs, including those for its executive officers. Abbott also considered how these programs compare, from a design perspective, to programs maintained by other companies. Based on this assessment, Abbott determined that its compensation and benefit programs appropriately incentivize employees, and that any risks arising from its compensation policies and practices are not reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on Abbott. The following factors were among those considered in making this determination:

    Abbott's long-established compensation structure has contributed to a corporate culture that encourages employees to regard Abbott as a career employer. For example, Abbott's U.S. employees participate in an Abbott-sponsored defined benefit pension plan. Equity awards (discussed in more detail below) also vest over multi-year periods. Both forms of compensation encourage Abbott employees to consider the long-term impact of their decisions and align their interests with those of Abbott's shareholders.

    Abbott's long-term incentive program focuses executive officers on longer-term operating performance and shareholder returns. For 2011, the named executive officers received roughly two-thirds of their total compensation in the form of long-term equity incentives (25 percent of which are stock options, vesting over multi-year periods and 75 percent of which are performance-vesting share awards, which vest over a period of up to five years with not more than one-third of the award vesting in any one year). Abbott's executive officers, including the named executive officers, do not receive any of their long-term incentive compensation in cash.

    Abbott's annual incentive program places an appropriate weighting on earnings achievement by balancing it with other factors. Since earnings are a key component of stock price performance, this aspect of Abbott's compensation plan also promotes alignment with shareholder interests.

    Abbott makes equity awards and sets grant prices at the same time each year, at the Abbott Compensation Committee's regularly scheduled meeting. In addition, Abbott does not award discounted stock options or immediately vesting stock options or restricted stock.

    Abbott maintains share ownership guidelines for its executive officers, which promotes alignment with shareholder interests.

    Abbott's Compensation Committee has the ability to exercise downward discretion in determining annual incentive plan payouts. Historically, and in 2011, the Abbott Compensation Committee exercised its discretion to deliver annual incentive plan awards below the maximums.

    Abbott requires mandatory training on its codes of conduct and policies and procedures to educate its employees on appropriate behaviors and the consequences of taking inappropriate actions.

    Abbott's compensation arrangements do not include certain design features that may have the potential to encourage excessive risk-taking, including: over-weighting toward annual incentives,

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      highly leveraged payout curves, unreasonable thresholds, and steep payout cliffs at certain levels that may encourage short-term business decisions to meet payout thresholds.

        This assessment was discussed with the Abbott Compensation Committee and its independent compensation consultant.

    Going Forward

        AbbVie's Compensation Committee expects to take into account risk-management practices and risk-taking incentives as it considers and develops AbbVie's employee and executive compensation programs. AbbVie's Compensation Committee anticipates that it will adopt a risk assessment process relating to compensation policies and practices initially similar to that in place at Abbott.

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Historical Compensation of Executive Officers Prior to the Separation

        Each of AbbVie's named executive officers was employed by Abbott prior to the separation; therefore, the information provided for the years 2011, 2010 and 2009 reflects compensation earned at Abbott and the design and objectives of the Abbott executive compensation programs in place prior to the separation. Each of AbbVie's 2011 named executive officers is currently, and was as of December 31, 2011, an officer of Abbott. Accordingly, the compensation decisions regarding AbbVie's named executive officers were made by the Abbott Compensation Committee or its delegates. Executive compensation decisions following the separation will be made by AbbVie's Compensation Committee. All references in the following tables to stock options, restricted stock units and restricted stock relate to awards granted by Abbott in respect of Abbott common shares.

        The amounts and forms of compensation reported below are not necessarily indicative of the compensation that AbbVie executive officers will receive following the separation, which could be higher or lower, because historical compensation was determined by Abbott and because future compensation levels at AbbVie will be determined based on the compensation policies, programs and procedures to be established by AbbVie's Compensation Committee for those individuals who will be employed by AbbVie following the separation.


Summary Compensation Table

        The following table summarizes compensation historically awarded to, earned by, or paid to AbbVie's named executive officers by Abbott. Position titles refer to each named executive officer's title at Abbott in 2011.

Name and Principal Position
  Year
  Salary
($)

  Bonus
($)

  Stock
Awards
($)(1)

  Option
Awards
($)(2)(3)

  Non-Equity
Incentive
Plan
Compensation
($)(4)

  Change in
Pension
Value and
Non-qualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings
($)(5)(6)

  All Other
Compensation
($)(7)

  Total
($)

 
   
Richard A. Gonzalez     2011   $ 825,000   $ 0   $ 1,826,132   $ 343,273   $ 1,230,000   $ 882,988   $ 445,446   $ 5,552,839  
Executive Vice President,     2010     742,080     300,000 (8)   5,135,240     0     848,900     312,256     262,033     7,600,509  
Pharmaceutical Products                                                        
Group                                                        
   
William J. Chase     2011     375,000     0     628,898     118,370     330,000     316,489     50,734     1,819,491  
Vice President, Licensing                                                        
and Acquisitions                                                        
   
Laura J. Schumacher     2011     827,500     0     1,905,327     358,225     1,180,000     1,138,123     158,318     5,567,493  
Executive Vice President,     2010     823,329     0     3,901,126     535,920     1,100,000     628,869     137,957     7,127,201  
General Counsel, and     2009     799,350     0     2,479,154     602,272     1,075,000     677,765     90,519     5,724,060  
Corporate Secretary                                                        
   
Carlos Alban     2011     602,471     0     1,514,013     285,334     610,000     774,355     106,162     3,892,335  
Senior Vice President,                                                        
Proprietary                                                        
Pharmaceutical                                                        
Products, Global                                                        
Commercial Operations                                                        
   
John M. Leonard, M.D.     2011     636,500     0     1,034,187     194,376     475,500     1,016,012     141,236     3,497,811  
Senior Vice President,                                                        
Pharmaceuticals, Research                                                        
and Development                                                        
   
(1)
In accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission's rules, the amounts in this column represent the aggregate grant date fair value of the awards in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board ASC Topic 718. Abbott determines grant date fair value by multiplying the number of shares granted by the average of the high and low market prices of an Abbott common share on the award's date of grant.

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(2)
In accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission's rules, the amounts in this column represent the aggregate grant date fair value of the awards in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board ASC Topic 718. Other than options granted pursuant to a replacement option feature of a pre-2005 option award, options granted after 2004 do not include a replacement option feature. When the exercise price of an option with a replacement option feature is paid (or, in the case of a non-qualified stock option, when the option's exercise price or the withholding taxes resulting on exercise of that option are paid) with Abbott common shares held by the named executive officer, a replacement option may be granted for the number of shares used to make that payment. Abbott uses the closing price of an Abbott common share on the business day before the exercise to determine the number of shares required to exercise the related option and the exercise price of the replacement option. The replacement option is exercisable in full six months after the date of grant, and has a term expiring on the expiration date of the original option. Other terms and conditions of the replacement option award are the same in all material respects as those applicable to the original grant.

(3)
These amounts were determined as of the option's grant date using a Black-Scholes stock option valuation model. These amounts are being reported solely for the purpose of comparative disclosure in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission rules. There is no certainty that the amount determined using a Black-Scholes stock option valuation model would be the value at which employee stock options would be traded for cash. For options, other than replacement options, the assumptions are the same as those described in Note 8 entitled "Incentive Stock Program" of Abbott's Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included under Item 8, "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data" in Abbott's 2011 Annual Report on Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-K.

(4)
This compensation is earned as a performance-based incentive bonus, pursuant to the 1998 Abbott Laboratories Performance Incentive Plan for Messrs. Gonzalez and Alban, Ms. Schumacher, and Dr. Leonard, and the 1986 Abbott Laboratories Management Incentive Plan for Mr. Chase. Additional information regarding these plans can be found in the section of this information statement captioned "Compensation Discussion and Analysis—How Executive Pay Decisions Are Made—Historically—Annual Bonus."

(5)
The plan amounts shown below are reported in this column.


For Ms. Schumacher, the amounts shown alongside the officer's name are for 2011, 2010, and 2009, respectively. For Mr. Gonzalez, the amounts shown are for 2011 and 2010, respectively. For Messrs. Alban and Chase and for Dr. Leonard, the amounts shown are for 2011.

Abbott Laboratories Annuity Retirement Plan


R. A. Gonzalez: $33,248 / $3,001; W. J. Chase: $77,342; L. J. Schumacher: $85,875 / $37,903 / $53,615; C. Alban: $101,829; and J. M. Leonard: $106,953.


Abbott Laboratories Supplemental Pension Plan


R. A. Gonzalez: $743,082 / $245,389; W. J. Chase: $226,766; L. J. Schumacher: $939,737 / $541,637 / $611,459; C. Alban: $628,531; and J. M. Leonard: $789,474.


Non-Qualified Defined Contribution Plan Earnings


The totals in this column include reportable interest credited under the 1998 Abbott Laboratories Performance Incentive Plan, the Abbott Laboratories 401(k) Supplemental Plan, and the 1986 Abbott Laboratories Management Incentive Plan.


R. A. Gonzalez: $106,658 / $63,866; W. J. Chase: $12,381; L. J. Schumacher: $112,511 / $49,329 / $12,691; C. Alban: $43,995; and J. M. Leonard: $119,585.

(6)
The present value of a pension benefit is determined, in part, by the discount rate used for accounting purposes. As required by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, that discount rate is determined by reference to the prevailing market rate of interest. In 2011, interest rates declined and the discount rate used for the Annuity Retirement Plan and Supplemental Pension Plan was reduced to reflect that decline. A reduction in the discount rate increases the present value of participants' pensions while actual payments to be made to participants are not changed.


The change in pension value included in this total is the result of the following factors: (i) the impact of changes in the actuarial assumptions Abbott uses to calculate plan liability for financial reporting purposes, primarily the change in discount rate, (ii) additional pension benefit accrual under the Annuity Retirement Plan and Supplemental Pension Plan (other than for Mr. Gonzalez who is not accruing any additional Abbott plan benefits), (iii) the impact of the time value of money on the pension value, and (iv) with respect to Mr. Gonzalez, payments made to him from these plans.

 
  2011 Change in Pension
Value Resulting From
 
Name
  Change in
Actuarial
Assumptions
  Other
Factors
 

R. A. Gonzalez

  $ 908,206   $ (131,876 )

W. J. Chase

    164,080     140,028  

L. J. Schumacher

    577,144     448,468  

C. Alban

    330,629     399,731  

J. M. Leonard

    427,239     469,188  
(7)
The amounts shown below are reported in this column.


For Ms. Schumacher, the amounts shown alongside the officer's name are for 2011, 2010, and 2009, respectively. For Mr. Gonzalez, the amounts shown are for 2011 and 2010, respectively. For Messrs. Alban and Chase and for Dr. Leonard, the amounts shown are for 2011.

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Earnings, Fees and Tax Payments for Non-Qualified Defined Benefit and Non-Qualified Defined Contribution Plans (net of the reportable interest included in footnote 5).


R. A. Gonzalez: $72,623 / $76,225; W. J. Chase: $12,458; L. J. Schumacher: $88,141 / $65,627 / $22,042; C. Alban: $33,977; and J. M. Leonard: $82,639.


Each of the named executive officers' awards under the 1998 Abbott Laboratories Performance Incentive Plan or the 1986 Abbott Laboratories Management Incentive Plan is paid in cash to the named executive officer on a current basis and may be deposited into a grantor trust established by the named executive officer, net of maximum tax withholdings. Each of the named executive officers has also established grantor trusts in connection with the Abbott Laboratories Supplemental Pension Plan and the Abbott Laboratories 401(k) Supplemental Plan. These amounts include the earnings (net of the reportable interest included in footnote 5), fees, and tax payments paid in connection with these grantor trusts.


Employer Contributions to Defined Contribution Plans


R. A. Gonzalez: $0 / $0; W. J. Chase: $18,750; L. J. Schumacher: $41,375 / $41,166 / $39,968; C. Alban: $30,124; and J. M. Leonard: $31,825.


These amounts include Abbott contributions to both Abbott's tax-qualified defined contribution plan and the Abbott Laboratories 401(k) Supplemental Plan. The Abbott Laboratories 401(k) Supplemental Plan permits the named executive officers to contribute amounts in excess of the limit set by the Internal Revenue Code for employee contributions to 401(k) plans up to the excess of (i) 18 percent of their base salary over (ii) the amount contributed to Abbott's tax-qualified 401(k) plan. Abbott matches participant contributions at the rate of 250 percent of the first 2 percent of compensation contributed to the plan. The named executive officers have these amounts paid to them in cash on a current basis and deposited into a grantor trust established by the officer, net of maximum tax withholdings.


Other Compensation


The following amounts are included in the totals in this column, which reflect Abbott's incremental cost for non-business related flights, by Mr. Gonzalez: $372,823 / $185,808.


Abbott determines the incremental cost for flights based on the direct cost to Abbott, including fuel costs, parking, handling and landing fees, catering, travel fees, and other miscellaneous direct costs.


Also included in the totals shown in the table is the cost of providing a corporate automobile less the amount reimbursed by the officer: W. J. Chase: $13,026; L. J. Schumacher: $18,802 / $21,164 / $18,509; C. Alban: $17,300; and J. M. Leonard: $18,772.


For Messrs. Alban and Chase, Ms. Schumacher, and Dr. Leonard, the following costs associated with financial planning are included: W. J. Chase: $6,500; L. J. Schumacher: $10,000 / $10,000 / $10,000; C. Alban: $11,447; and J. M. Leonard: $8,000.


For Mr. Alban, relocation payments of $13,314 made in connection with his overseas assignment are included.


The named executive officers are also eligible to participate in an executive disability benefit described under "Compensation Discussion and Analysis—Post-Termination and Other Benefits."

(8)
Bonus paid to Mr. Gonzalez upon his appointment by Abbott as Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical Products Group.

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Grants of Plan-Based Awards for Fiscal 2011

 
   
  Estimated Future
Payouts Under
Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Awards(1)
   
   
   
   
   
 
 
   
  Estimated
Future
Payouts
Under Equity
Incentive
Plan Awards
Target (#)(2)(3)

  All Other
Option
Awards:
Numbers of
Securities
Underlying
Options (#)(4)

  Exercise
or Base
Price
of
Options
Awards
($/Sh.)

   
   
 
 
   
  Closing
Market
Price
on
Grant
Date

   
 
 
   
  Grant Date Fair
Value of Stock
and Option
Awards

 
Name
  Grant Date
  Target
($)

  Maximum
($)

 
   

R. A. Gonzalez

    02/18/11                 39,200                     $ 1,826,132 (5)

    02/18/11                       55,100   $ 46.60   $ 46.88     343,273 (6)
   

W. J. Chase

    02/18/11                 13,500                       628,898 (5)

    02/18/11                       19,000     46.60     46.88     118,370 (6)
   

L. J. Schumacher

    02/18/11                 40,900                       1,905,327 (5)

    02/18/11                       57,500     46.60     46.88     358,225 (6)
   

C. Alban

    02/18/11                 32,500                       1,514,013 (5)

    02/18/11                       45,800     46.60     46.88     285,334 (6)
   

J. M. Leonard

    02/18/11                 22,200                       1,034,187 (5)

    02/18/11                       31,200     46.60     46.88     194,376 (6)
   
(1)
Messrs. Gonzalez and Alban, Ms. Schumacher, and Dr. Leonard participate in the 1998 Abbott Laboratories Performance Incentive Plan and Mr. Chase participates in the 1986 Abbott Laboratories Management Incentive Plan, both of which are annual, non-equity incentive plans. The annual cash incentive awards earned by the named executive officers in 2011 under the plans are shown in the Summary Compensati