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|1.||What is Chemed's main business?|
Chemed operates in the healthcare field through its VITAS Healthcare Corporation subsidiary. VITAS (www.vitas.com) is the nation's largest provider of end-of-life hospice care services. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, VITAS serves
patients through hospice programs in major metropolitan markets in 12
states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois,
New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Chemed is also a leading provider of repair and maintenance services to the residential and commercial markets through its Roto-Rooter subsidiary. With more than 110 company-owned branches and independent contractors and approximately 500 franchisees, Roto-Rooter (www.rotorooter.com) is North America's largest provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services.
|2.||Has Chemed operated under any other names?|
Founded in 1970 and publicly traded since 1971, Chemed Corporation was known as Roto-Rooter, Inc., from May 19, 2003, until May 17, 2004, reflecting the name of its then-largest operation.
|3.||I have Roto-Rooter, Inc., stock certificates. Do I need to turn them in for new Chemed Corporation certificates?|
No. It is not necessary to exchange Roto-Rooter, Inc., stock certificates for Chemed Corporation certificates.
|4.||I have the Preferred Securities of the Chemed Capital Trust. Where can I find information about them?|
The Preferred Securities of the Chemed Capital Trust were redeemed on May 18, 2004, for an aggregate total price of $27.35 per security. If you did not redeem your Preferred Securities at that time, you need contact the redemption agent, Mellon Investor Services, for instructions on how to redeem your securities and receive your payment. U.S. and Canadian callers can reach Mellon toll-free at 800-982-7650; all others, call 201-373-5156.
|5.||How many people does Chemed employ?|
Chemed and its subsidiaries employ nearly 7,500 people full-time, with an additional 2,250 rounding out the work force. The vast majority of VITAS Healthcare Corporation employees are registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, home health aides, physicians, social workers, clergy, and other caregiving professionals. Most Roto-Rooter employees are service technicians.
|6.||How do I contact Chemed Corporation?|
Stock-Related Administrative Inquiries
Record holders of Chemed Capital Stock needing address changes, account balances, account consolidations, replacement of lost certificates or lost checks, dividend reinvestment plan statements or cost-basis data, 1099s, or assistance with other administrative matters relating to their holdings should direct their inquiries to the transfer agent:
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Shareowner Services
P.O. Box 64854
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0854
Telephone: 800-468-9716 (toll-free)
Web site: www.wellsfargo.com/shareownerservices
All questions relating to administration of Chemed Capital Stock must be handled by Wells Fargo.
General corporate, investor, and financial inquiries may be directed to Chemed corporate headquarters:
2600 Chemed Center
255 East Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-4726
Web site: www.chemed.com
Questions concerning company operations and financial results should be directed to David P. Williams, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, by writing to him at the address above or by calling 800-2CHEMED (800-224-3633).
Annual reports, press releases, corporate governance information, and other printed materials may be obtained from Chemed Investor Relations by writing to the address above or by calling 800-2CHEMED (800-224-3633) or 513-762-6429. Printed materials may also be viewed on and downloaded from Chemed's Web site at www.chemed.com.
|7.||How do I contact Chemed's VITAS Healthcare Corporation subsidiary?|
Patients and families needing information about VITAS' services can call 1-800-93-VITAS toll-free. VITAS is on-call, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Extensive information is also available on VITAS' Web site at www.vitas.com.
VITAS headquarters may be reached as follows:
VITAS Healthcare Corporation
100 South Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33131
Web site: www.vitas.com
|8.||How do I contact Chemed's Roto-Rooter subsidiary?|
For information about, or to schedule, Roto-Rooter plumbing or drain cleaning services, call 1-800-GET-ROTO or visit Roto-Rooter's Web site at www.rotorooter.com.
Roto-Rooter headquarters may be reached as follows:
Roto-Rooter Management Company
2500 Chemed Center
255 East Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-4725
Web site: www.rotorooter.com
|9.||On what exchange is Chemed stock traded and under what symbol?|
Chemed Capital Stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CHE.
|10.||How can I purchase Chemed stock?|
Contact a licensed stockbroker to purchase Chemed shares. If you are a registered shareholder of 25 or more shares of Chemed Capital Stock, you may enroll in the Chemed Automatic Dividend Reinvestment Plan. Contact the transfer agent, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services, as noted in Question #6 above, for enrollment materials.
|11.||Does Chemed pay dividends?|
Chemed Corporation has paid cash dividends on Chemed Capital Stock since it became a publicly traded company in 1971. For current dividend announcements, please refer to News Releases on this Web site.
|12.||What is Chemed's dividend history?|
Recent dividend history for Chemed Capital Stock may be accessed through this Web site by selecting Investor Relations Home, then Dividends & Splits.
|13.||Does Chemed have direct deposit of dividends?|
Yes. Holders of Chemed Capital Stock may have their dividends deposited directly into their accounts at the financial institution of their choice. On the payable date, funds will be paid directly into the designated account. Shareholders will receive notification of the deposit from the transfer agent, and the deposit should appear on the account statement issued by the holder's designated financial institution. For more information or authorization forms, shareholders should contact Wells Fargo Shareowner Services as noted in Question #6 above.
|14.||Does Chemed have a dividend reinvestment plan?|
Yes. The Chemed Automatic Dividend Reinvestment Plan is available to shareholders of record owning a minimum of 25 shares of Chemed Capital Stock. A plan brochure, including fee schedule, and enrollment information are available from Wells Fargo Shareowner Services, which can be contacted as noted in Question #6 above.
|15.||Has Chemed stock ever split?|
Chemed has had two stock splits in its history. In 2005, Chemed effected a 2-for-1 stock split in the form of a 100% stock dividend paid May 11, 2005, to stockholders of record April 22, 2005. Previously, Chemed’s stock split 2-for-1, also effected in the form of a 100% stock dividend, which was paid on November 10, 1981, to stockholders of record October 15, 1981.
|16.||When does Chemed's fiscal year end?|
Chemed operates on a calendar year, with a December 31 year-end.
|17.||When is Chemed's next earnings release date?|
Chemed announces its earnings release dates via a press release each quarter. Any such press releases are available on the Chemed Web site by clicking on Investor Relations Home and News Releases. Earnings release dates can also be found on this Web site by clicking on Investor Relations Home and Upcoming Events.
|18.||Does the company conduct conference calls?|
Whenever a conference call is scheduled, Chemed will issue a press release announcing the time, date, and information on how to participate or listen to a replay. These press releases are available on the Chemed Web site by clicking on Investor Relations Home and News Releases. Conference call dates can also be found on the Web site by clicking on Investor Relations Home and Upcoming Events. A replay of each conference call is also available on the Web site and via telephone for a limited time following the live call.
|19.||Who are Chemed's independent accountants?|
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP serves as Chemed's independent accountants.
|20.||When is the annual meeting of shareholders?|
The corporate bylaws call for the annual meeting of stockholders to take place each year on the third Monday in May. For the next annual meeting of shareholders, please refer to the Upcoming Events on this Web site.
|21.||How many shareholders does Chemed have?|
The approximate number of shareholders of record of Chemed Capital Stock was 3,174 on December 31, 2005. (This number does not include shareholders with shares held under beneficial ownership or within clearinghouse positions of brokerage firms and banks).
|22.||How can I get copies of the company's annual report, Annual Report on Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q, corporate governance documents, proxy statements, press releases, or other printed information?|
Chemed Investor Relations will furnish copies without charge. Call 800-2CHEMED (800-224-3633) or write to: Investor Relations Department, Chemed Corporation, 2600 Chemed Center, 255 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-4726. Annual reports and news releases also are available on this Web site under the headings Financial Reports and News Releases, respectively, and SEC filings such as the Annual Report on Form 10K and proxy statements may be accessed through the SEC Filings link provided on this Web site. Corporate governance documents are also available under the Corporate Governance heading on this Web site.