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The MTL Instruments Group plc acquires RTK Instruments

2007 07 03

The MTL Instruments Group plc (“MTL”) announces that it has acquired a 90% stake in RTK, the leading specialist in the design and manufacture of process alarm equipment, displays and interface products for £3.7m in cash. Immediately prior to the acquisition, the RTK Group was restructured with a new company being set up which acquired the business and assets of the UK RTK company, as well as a 51% stake in RTK’s US distribution company. MTL has taken a 90% interest in this new entity and the minority interest remains with the previous managing director, Tim McLeman.

RTK has established a strong position as an international provider of alarm handling and annunciation equipment for the utilities and process control markets. RTK has specific expertise in the application of alarm handling apparatus in hazardous and potential flammable environments and is, therefore, a natural fit for MTL, who have a world leading position in the provision of hazardous area control and instrumentation equipment.

Following the transaction, it is expected that the RTK business will be able to extend its international customer base by leveraging MTL’s sales channels and OEM relationships. RTK will also have an opportunity to improve its competitiveness by utilising MTL’s purchasing power. The directors believe that the acquisition will be earnings enhancing in the first year of ownership. (Note 1)

Graeme Philp, MTL’s Chief Executive, commented ; “RTK is an excellent acquisition for MTL. Over the last few years it has developed an innovative and highly competitive range of annunciation equipment and it is expanding its international reach considerably. MTL will help to continue and accelerate that process. RTK also has expertise and experience in building semi-custom assemblies and sub-systems. This added value activity is increasingly being requested by MTL’s customers.”

Note 1: The statement regarding earnings enhancement does not constitute a profit forecast nor should it be taken to mean that the earnings per share of MTL in the year ending 31 December 2007 will necessarily match or exceed the historical earnings per share of MTL.

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For Further Information:

Graeme Philp
Chief Executive
The MTL Instruments Group plc
+44 (0)1582 407250

Bill Greenhalgh
Finance Director
The MTL Instruments Group plc
+44 (0)1582 407227

Terry Garrett/Stephanie Badjonat
Weber Shandwick Financial
+44 (0)20 7067 0700