Alimentation Couche-Tard mails letter to shareholders of Casey's and files
definitive proxy materials

ATD.A, ATD.B / TSX

LAVAL, QC, Aug. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. ("Couche-Tard") today mailed a letter to the shareholders of Casey's General Stores, Inc. ("Casey's") (NASDAQ: CASY) along with its definitive proxy materials in connection with the 2010 annual meeting of shareholders of Casey's to be held on September 23, 2010. Couche-Tard is soliciting votes to, among other things, elect its slate of eight highly qualified, independent candidates to the Casey's board of directors.

Alain Bouchard, President and Chief Executive Officer of Couche-Tard commented, "We are confident our candidates for the Casey's Board will bring independent oversight and exercise independent judgment in considering our all-cash offer. Without our offer, and especially given the impediments placed by Casey's in the path of any change of control transaction, we firmly believe that the shareholders of Casey's should expect that opportunities to realize a significant premium for their shares of common stock of Casey's will be non-existent in the near future. We urge the Casey's shareholders to send a clear and strong message to their Board that the Casey's shareholders want directors who will act in their best interests by voting FOR our highly qualified candidates at the Casey's annual meeting."

The full text of the letter sent today to shareholders of Casey's follows:

    
    August 19, 2010

    Dear Casey's General Stores Shareholder:

    Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. ("Couche-Tard") is North America's largest
    convenience store owner in terms of company-operated stores and has a
    network of 5,878 stores located in 43 States and in the District of
    Columbia and in all ten provinces of Canada. Couche-Tard operates such
    stores under its proprietary brands Circle K(R), Mac's(R) and
    Couche-Tard(R). Couche-Tard has offered to acquire all of the outstanding
    shares of common stock of Casey's General Stores, Inc. for $36.75 per
    share in cash. We are writing directly to you because, despite our
    repeated attempts to engage in a dialogue with Casey's, your Board of
    Directors (the "Casey's Board") has thus far refused to negotiate with
    Couche-Tard, not allowed us to conduct any due diligence and taken
    actions to impede our premium offer.

    It is important that the shareholders of Casey's, as the real owners of
    the Company, decide for themselves the merits of Couche-Tard's all-cash
    premium offer without obstruction or obfuscation by the Casey's Board.
    At the September 23, 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Casey's, you
    will have the opportunity to elect eight new, independent and qualified
    directors nominated by Couche-Tard who are committed to maximizing value
    for all shareholders of Casey's.  We are confident our director nominees
    will bring independent oversight and accountability to the Casey's Board
    and exercise independent judgment in considering our all-cash premium
    offer.

    Please vote TODAY by telephone, by Internet or by signing, dating and
    returning the enclosed BLUE proxy card in the postage-paid envelope
    provided.

    COUCHE-TARD'S $36.75 PER SHARE CASH OFFER PROVIDES AN IMMEDIATE CASH
    PREMIUM AND A HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE MULTIPLE FOR YOUR INVESTMENT IN CASEY'S

    Our compelling $36.75 per share all-cash offer provides you with the
    opportunity to realize immediate cash premium value for your investment.
    Consider the following:

    - Couche-Tard's offer is higher than the all-time high of the common
      stock of Casey's prior to our announcement. Couche-Tard's all-cash
      offer represents a premium of:

        - 26% over the one-year average closing share price of common stock
          of Casey's as of April 8, 2010;
        - 20% over the 90-calendar day average closing share price of common
          stock of Casey's as of April 8, 2010;
        - 16% over the closing price of common stock of Casey's on April 8,
          2010, the last trading day prior to the public disclosure of
          Couche-Tard's offer; and
        - 12% to the all-time and 52-week high trading price of common stock
          of Casey's trading prior to our announcement.

    In stark contrast, the mean initial offer price for all-cash unsolicited
    offers since 1997, with a transaction value greater than $1 billion, is a
    31% discount to the all-time high, and a 6% discount to the 52-week high,
    of the respective target companies' common stock trading prices.

    - Couche-Tard's offer represents a multiple of 7.2x trailing EBITDA. At
      the time we first publicly disclosed our interest in Casey's in early
      April, shares of common stock of Casey's traded at 5.6x CY2011E EBITDA
      (based on IBES), which was the same as the average multiple of
      Casey's' peers, namely The Pantry, Inc., Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
      and Susser Holdings Corporation. Both the multiple we are offering and
      the adjusted multiple Casey's calculates are at the high end of prior
      transactions in the convenience store industry.

    - Couche-Tard's offer is even more attractive considering the general
      decline in stock values. We believe our offer is even more attractive
      considering that stock values in general have fallen since we first
      publicly disclosed our offer as a result of, among other things, the
      weak economy and poor macroeconomic fundamentals. For instance, since
      April 8, 2010, the S&P 500 Index and S&P Retail Index(1) have declined
      8% and 11%, respectively. We firmly believe that absent our offer,
      Casey's stock price would have traded in line with the declining trend.

    - Couche-Tard is confident in its ability to finance this offer. Several
      prominent banks have already expressed a willingness to provide
      financing to Couche-Tard for the proposed acquisition. We believe the
      Casey's shareholders recognize that Couche-Tard is making this offer
      from a position of financial strength and that financing this
      transaction can be arranged quickly at the appropriate time.

    THE RECENT LEVERAGED RECAPITALIZATION PLAN BY CASEY'S IS A DESPERATE
    ATTEMPT TO DISTRACT SHAREHOLDERS FROM OUR ALL-CASH PREMIUM OFFER FOR THE
    ENTIRE COMPANY

    On July 28, 2010, Casey's announced a $500 million leveraged
    recapitalization plan to repurchase approximately 25% of Casey's
    outstanding shares through a "modified Dutch auction" self-tender offer
    at a price of $38 to $40 per share of common stock. We believe this is a
    calculated move to financially engineer a temporary increase in Casey's
    stock price that fails to increase fundamental value for all Casey's
    shareholders.

    Since our initial approach to Casey's in October 2009, Casey's has had
    more than ten months to consider a range of alternatives to maximize
    value for all Casey's shareholders, including identifying potential
    acquirers for the entire company. As we have long believed, and the
    announcement of Casey's leveraged recapitalization plan confirms, there
    are no third parties - financial sponsors or strategic partners - that
    are interested in acquiring Casey's, other than Couche-Tard. We believe
    that, without our offer and especially given the impediments placed by
    Casey's in the path of any change of control transaction, the
    shareholders of Casey's should expect that opportunities to realize a
    significant premium for their shares of common stock of Casey's will be
    non-existent in the near future.

    THE COERCIVE FINANCING ARRANGEMENT FOR THE RECAPITALIZATION PLAN
    TRANSFERS VALUE FROM SHAREHOLDERS TO NOTEHOLDERS AND IS DESIGNED TO
    ENTRENCH MANAGEMENT

    In addition to temporarily manipulating the price of common stock of
    Casey's, the leveraged recapitalization is a pretext for installing a
    coercive financing arrangement with a "poison put" mechanism created to
    impede any takeover attempt by any person. The private placement of notes
    recently completed by Casey's includes a costly and unusual "poison put"
    feature that favors the noteholders, not the shareholders. We believe the
    private placement of notes is designed to entrench the Casey's Board and
    the management of Casey's at the expense of the Casey's shareholders.
    Should the Casey's shareholders decide to replace the Board, this "poison
    put" feature associated with the notes requires Casey's to offer to pay
    the noteholders approximately $100 million in penalties based on treasury
    rates as of August 18, 2010. This unusual penalty is an attempt by
    management to take the decision regarding the future of Casey's away from
    the Casey's shareholders. The $100 million in penalties is also payable
    if Couche-Tard or any other party acquires 35% or more of the outstanding
    shares of Casey's.

    The financing makes it almost $2 per share more expensive to acquire
    Casey's - that is $2 that could have gone to the Casey's shareholders but
    instead is designated for noteholders in the event of any such
    acquisition. Casey's change of control definition not only has a very low
    threshold but also a very high price attached to it. Typically, debt
    financing used by companies like Casey's has change of control premiums
    in the 1% to 3% range. In stark contrast, the Casey's Board and
    management are willing to give a 17% premium to the noteholders, which
    represents almost 5% of the company's current equity value (and almost 7%
    of the equity value pro forma for the self tender based on current stock
    prices) to the noteholders in a desperate attempt to keep their jobs at
    the expense of the Casey's shareholders. There are multiple forms of debt
    financing that feature change of control premiums far lower than the
    egregious 17% premium Casey's accepted.

    COUCHE-TARD IS COMMITTED TO MAKING A COMBINATION WITH CASEY'S A REALITY

    We have been prepared since the outset of this process to meet with the
    Casey's Board, management and advisors to discuss our all-cash premium
    offer, answer their questions and execute a mutually acceptable
    definitive merger agreement. Despite our best efforts, the Casey's Board
    and management team of Casey's continue to refuse to negotiate with
    Couche-Tard, have not allowed us to conduct any due diligence and have
    taken actions to impede our premium offer, including undertaking the
    leveraged recapitalization plan with expensive and unusual financing,
    commencing costly and meritless litigation against Couche-Tard, adopting
    a poison pill and putting in place lucrative golden parachute
    arrangements for Casey's executives. We have committed a significant
    amount of time and resources and taken the necessary steps to make a
    combination with Casey's a reality regardless of the impediments placed
    by Casey's in the path of the proposed transaction.

    While it remains our desire to negotiate a mutually acceptable
    transaction with the Casey's Board, their refusal to engage in any
    dialogue with us has left us with no choice but to take our offer
    directly to Casey's shareholders, and to submit an alternate slate of
    director candidates to serve on the Casey's Board who we believe will
    better represent the interests of all Casey's shareholders.

    The Casey's shareholders, the real owners of Casey's, now have the
    opportunity to send a strong message to the Casey's Board that it should
    stop wasting your money on unnecessary and expensive defensive measures
    and begin negotiating a mutually acceptable transaction with Couche-Tard
    so that all of you, as shareholders of Casey's, can realize full and
    immediate value for your shares.

    COUCHE-TARD'S OFFER IS VERY ATTRACTIVE FOR ALL OF CASEY'S CONSTITUENCIES

    We continue to firmly believe our offer is very attractive not only for
    the shareholders of Casey's but also for other constituencies of both
    Casey's and Couche-Tard. Couche-Tard's track record with employees of
    companies we have acquired is outstanding. Couche-Tard operates using a
    highly decentralized model, and we expect to keep most, if not all, of
    the employees of Casey's in place.

    Additionally, we are confident the greater scale of a combined
    Couche-Tard and Casey's will provide the other constituencies of Casey's
    with opportunities beyond what the smaller platform of Casey's currently
    can provide. As we noted, Couche-Tard is the largest independent
    convenience store operator in North America (whether integrated with a
    petroleum company or not) in terms of number of company-operated stores.
    Couche-Tard operates a network of 5,878 convenience stores, 4,146 of
    which include motor fuel dispensing, located in 11 large geographic
    markets, including eight in the United States covering 43 states and the
    District of Columbia and three in Canada covering all ten provinces.
    Access to Couche-Tard's platform will provide the suppliers of Casey's
    with increased opportunities to expand their sales to convenience store
    chains within Couche-Tard's portfolio.

    In the past, Couche-Tard has always been respectful to local businesses
    around the companies it acquired. Our decentralized model has enabled us
    to continue the relationships with existing suppliers and vendors. In the
    case of Casey's, we already have significant overlap in vendors and do
    not expect any material changes in operations.

    VOTE FOR NEW, QUALIFIED AND INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR CANDIDATESON THE BLUE
    PROXY CARD TODAY

    At the end of the day, you, as a shareholder, are the real owner of
    Casey's and you will ultimately determine the future of your investment,
    but we do not think you will have that opportunity without a change in
    the Casey's Board. We are confident that the eight independent nominees
    identified on the BLUE proxy card, upon election to the Casey's Board,
    will bring independent oversight and accountability to the Casey's Board.
    We encourage you to send a clear and strong message to the Casey's Board
    that the Casey's shareholders want directors who will act in their best
    interests.

    Your vote is extremely important. To elect directors who are committed to
    looking out for your best interests, please vote TODAY by telephone, by
    Internet or by signing, dating and returning the enclosed BLUE proxy card
    in the postage-paid envelope provided.

    We thank you for your support.

    Sincerely,

    /s/ Alain Bouchard

    Alain Bouchard
    President and Chief Executive Officer


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About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In North America, Couche-Tard is the largest independent convenience store operator (whether integrated with a petroleum company or not) in terms of number of company-operated stores. Couche-Tard operates a network of 5,878 convenience stores, 4,146 of which include motor fuel dispensing, located in 11 large geographic markets, including eight in the United States covering 43 states and the District of Columbia, and three in Canada covering all ten provinces. More than 53,000 people are employed throughout Couche-Tard's retail convenience network and service centers. For more information, please visit: http://www.couchetard.com/corporate.

Forward-looking Statements

The statements set forth in this communication, which describes Couche-Tard's objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts, may constitute forward-looking statements. Positive or negative verbs such as "plan", "evaluate", "estimate", "believe" and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. Couche-Tard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Major factors that may lead to a material difference between Couche-Tard's actual results and the projections or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include the possibility that Couche-Tard will not be able to complete the tender offer as expected; Couche-Tard's ability to achieve the synergies and value creation contemplated by the proposed transaction; Couche-Tard's ability to promptly and effectively integrate the businesses of Casey's; expected trends and projections with respect to particular products, services, reportable segment and income and expense line items; the adequacy of Couche-Tard's liquidity and capital resources and expectations regarding Couche-Tard's financial condition and liquidity as well as future cash flows and earnings; anticipated capital expenditures; the successful execution of growth strategies and the anticipated growth and expansion of Couche-Tard's business; Couche-Tard's intent, beliefs or current expectations, primarily with respect to future operating performance; expectations regarding sales growth, gross margins, capital expenditures and effective tax rates; expectations regarding the outcome of various pending legal proceedings; seasonality and natural disasters; and such other risks as described in detail from time to time in the reports filed by Couche-Tard with securities authorities in Canada and the United States. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this communication is based on information available as of the date of the communication.

Important Additional Information

This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. The tender offer (the "Tender Offer") is being made pursuant to a tender offer statement on Schedule TO (including the Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and other related tender offer materials) filed by Couche-Tard and ACT Acquisition Sub, Inc. ("ACT Acquisition Sub") with the SEC on June 2, 2010. These materials, as they may be amended from time to time, contain important information, including the terms and conditions of the Tender Offer, that should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the Tender Offer. Investors and security holders of Casey's can obtain free copies of these documents and other documents filed with the SEC by Couche-Tard through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov or by directing a request to the Corporate Secretary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., 4204 Industriel Blvd., Laval, Québec, Canada H7L 0E3. Free copies of any such documents can also be obtained by directing a request to Couche-Tard's information agent, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, at (877) 717-3930.

Couche-Tard and ACT Acquisition Sub filed a definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A with the SEC on August 19, 2010 in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the 2010 annual meeting of shareholders of Casey's. The definitive proxy statement is being mailed to the shareholders of Casey's on or about August 19, 2010. Investors and security holders of Casey's are urged to read the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed with the SEC carefully in their entirety as they become available because they will contain important information. Investors and security holders of Casey's can obtain free copies of these documents and other documents filed with the SEC by Couche-Tard through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov or by directing a request to the Corporate Secretary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., 4204 Industriel Blvd., Laval, Québec, Canada H7L 0E3. Free copies of any such documents can also be obtained by directing a request to Couche-Tard's information agent, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, at (877) 717-3930.

Certain Information Regarding Participants

Couche-Tard and ACT Acquisition Sub, its indirect wholly owned subsidiary, and certain of their respective directors and executive officers, and Couche-Tard's nominees for election to the board of directors of Casey's at the 2010 annual meeting of shareholders of Casey's, may be deemed to be participants in the proposed transaction under the rules of the SEC. As of the date of this press release, Couche-Tard is the beneficial owner of 362 shares of common stock of Casey's (which includes 100 shares of common stock of Casey's owned by ACT Acquisition Sub). Security holders may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of Couche-Tard's directors and executive officers in Couche-Tard's Annual Report on Form 40-F for the fiscal year ended April 25, 2010, which was filed with the SEC on July 19, 2010, and its proxy circular for the 2010 annual general meeting, which was furnished to the SEC on a Form 6-K on July 19, 2010. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Additional information regarding the interests of these participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is included in the definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on August 19, 2010.

    
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        domestic equities in the retail sector, traded on the New York Stock
        Exchange, American Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.
    

SOURCE Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

For further information: For further information: Raymond Paré, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Tel: (450) 662-6632 ext. 4607, investor.relations@couche-tard.com; Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher: Matthew Sherman/Eric Brielmann/Eric Bonach, Tel: (212) 355-4449; Innisfree M&A Incorporated: Alan Miller/Jennifer Shotwell/Scott Winter, Tel: (212) 750-5833


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