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Goodyear announces conversion period for remaining notes

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s remaining 4.00% convertible senior notes due June 15, 2034, are now convertible at the option of shareholders through June 30, 2008.

"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 April 15, 2008 (the 11th trading day of the current fiscal quarter), was greater than 120% of the conversion price in effect on such day," say Goodyear officials. (The notes have been convertible in previous fiscal quarters.)

Goodyear will deliver shares of its common stock or pay cash upon conversion of any notes surrendered on or prior to June 30, 2008. If shares are delivered, cash will be paid in lieu of fractional shares only.

Issued in July 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.

During the fourth quarter of 2007, Goodyear completed an exchange offer for outstanding notes for a cash payment and shares of common stock. Approximately 99% of the outstanding notes were exchanged.

As a result, less than $4 million in aggregate principal amount of notes remain outstanding. "If all remaining outstanding notes are surrendered for conversion, the aggregate number of shares of common stock issued would be approximately 0.3 million," say Goodyear officials.

"The notes could be convertible after June 30, 2008, 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."

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