AMETEK Acquires Programmable Power Business from Xantrex

AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE: AME) announced it has agreed to acquire the programmable power business of Xantrex Technology, Inc. (TSX: XTX) for $120 million in cash. Based in San Diego, Xantrex’s Programmable Power Division is a leader in alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) programmable power supplies used to test electrical and electronic products. It has annual sales of approximately $80 million.

The transaction, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the third quarter. AMETEK’s acquisition of Xantrex Programmable Power is not contingent on the sale of Xantrex Technology Inc. to Schneider Electric announced today.

“Xantrex Programmable Power will be an excellent acquisition for AMETEK. It enjoys a strong reputation within the power industry and its products complement those offered by AMETEK Power Instruments, notes Frank S. Hermance, AMETEK Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“Xantrex Programmable Power significantly expands our position in the niche market for programmable power sources and provides us with further opportunities for growth in the highly attractive electronic test and measurement equipment market,” adds Mr. Hermance.

Xantrex Programmable Power is a leader in programmable AC and DC power sources used to test electrical and electronics products by simulating various input voltages, frequencies and potentially harmful line transients. Its products are used in design verification testing, manufacturing, quality assurance and regulatory compliance by its customers in a wide range of industries; including aviation, military, and general electronics.

Xantrex Programmable Power will join AMETEK as part of its Electronic Instruments Group (EIG) — a recognized leader in advanced monitoring, testing, calibrating, and display instruments. AMETEK EIG sells its instruments to the process and analytical, aerospace, power, and industrial markets worldwide and had 2007 sales of $1.2 billion.

About AMETEK
AMETEK is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annualized sales of $2.5 billion. AMETEK’s Corporate Growth Plan is based on Four Key Strategies: Operational Excellence, Strategic Acquisitions & Alliances, Global & Market Expansion and New Products. AMETEK’s objective is double-digit percentage growth in earnings per share over the business cycle and a superior return on total capital. The common stock of AMETEK is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 1000 Index.