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Goodyear notes are convertible through March 30

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says its 4.00% Convertible Senior Notes due June 15, 2034, are now convertible at the option of the holders. They will remain convertible through March 30, 2007, the last business day of the current fiscal quarter.

"The notes became convertible because the last reported sale price of the company's common stock for at least 20 trading days during the 30 consecutive trading-day period ending on January 18, 2007 was greater than 120% of the conversion price in effect on such day," according to Goodyear. The notes have been convertible in previous fiscal quarters but no conversions have taken place.

The company will deliver shares of its common stock upon conversion of any notes surrendered prior to March 30, 2007. Cash will be paid in lieu of fractional shares only.

Issued in June 2004, the notes are currently convertible at a rate of 83.0703 shares of common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes, which is equal to a conversion price of $12.04 per share.

There is currently $350 million in aggregate principal amount of notes outstanding.

Goodyear says if all outstanding notes are surrendered for conversion, the aggregate number of shares of common stock issued would be approximately 29 million. The notes could be convertible after March 31, 2007, if the sale price condition described above is met "in any future fiscal quarter or if any of the other conditions to conversion set forth in the indenture governing the notes are met."

Goodyear's stock was selling for $23.91 a share at the close of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, Jan. 18.

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