Danaher Corporation Announces 2 for 1 Stock Split and Dividend Increase

Danaher Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a two-for-one split of its common stock. The split will be effected in the form of a stock dividend payable on May 20, 2004 to shareholders of record on May 6, 2004. Shareholders will receive one additional share of common stock for each share of common stock held on the record date. Certificates representing the additional shares will be mailed on or about May 20, 2004.

The Board of Directors also indicated its intention to declare an increased cash dividend of $.015 per share for the second quarter, following the consummation of the stock split (the equivalent of $.03 per share on a pre-split basis).

Danaher Corporation is a leading manufacturer of Process / Environmental Controls and Tools and Components (www.danaher.com).

Statements in this release that are not strictly historical may be "forward-looking" statements, which involve risks and uncertainties. These include risks and uncertainties relating to customer and supplier relationships and prices, competition, market demand, litigation and other contingent liabilities, the integration and operation of acquired businesses, and economic, political, governmental and technological factors affecting the Company's operations, markets, products, services and prices, among others, as set forth in the Company's SEC filings.

SOURCE: Danaher Corporation

CONTACT: Andy Wilson, VP, Investor Relations of Danaher Corporation,