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MacDermid Today Announces the Acquisition of Autotype International Ltd.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Press release from the issuing company

DENVER--June 14, 2005-- MacDermid, Incorporated a worldwide manufacturer of proprietary specialty chemical products and materials for the electronics, metal finishing and graphic arts industries today announced the acquisition of Autotype International Ltd. and associated entities from Norcros (Holdings) Limited of the UK, a portfolio company of Bridgepoint Capital Limited. With locations in Wantage UK, Chicago, Singapore and Denmark, Autotype is a high technology producer of specialty coated film products for the electronics and printing industries. In electronics, Autotype is the leading producer of hard coated films for the membrane switch and touch screen markets. It has recently introduced films for light management of nomadic devices, unique films for in-mold decoration, and medical applications. It is believed Autotype is the only manufacturer in the world who can replicate nano scale structures through a high volume cost-efficient process on the surface of films. In printing, Autotype provides high quality stencil materials and digital pre-press products for screen printing. For the year ended March 31, 2005 Autotype had revenues of $86.5million (BPS 47.9 million). Accretion is expected to be $.05 per share per quarter not including synergies. Autotype employs 390 people in Europe, Asia, and North America. All will join MacDermid effective today. MacDermid will fund the acquisition with cash on hand. MacDermid has extensive underutilized capacity in its Middletown, Delaware coating factory. This capacity can be utilized by Autotype to support additional growth potential from a US dollar cost base and to defer the need to build new capacity at other locations. Dan Leever, MacDermid Chairman and CEO said "we have been looking for the right opportunity to invest our retained cash for some time. We have been holding out for an investment that held the potential to improve our underlying growth rate. We believe the Autotype team is unusually innovative, and its products enjoy excellent growth prospects. Additionally, MacDermid's infrastructure in Asia will improve the chances of successful commercialization of these new and exciting products. Autotype has world class coating technology as evidenced by their unique nano scale replication capability. This is not a story about cost savings and synergies although there will be some. It is about growth". Norcros was represented by Morgan Joseph & Co. Inc. in the transaction.

 

 

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