|American Capital Merges Three Portfolio Companies; Creates Global Leader in Radiation Measurement & Protection|
Bethesda, MD - January 25, 2006 - American Capital Strategies Ltd. (Nasdaq:ACAS) announced today the formation of Mirion Technologies Inc., through the merger of its U.S. portfolio companies Global Dosimetry Solutions Inc. and Imaging and Sensing Technology Corporation with its French portfolio company synOdys Group SA. Tom Logan, the prior CEO of Global Dosimetry, will lead the combined company as its CEO. No new financing is being provided as part of this merger. American Capital investments in these companies took the form of subordinated debt and preferred and common equity and total $244 million. American Capital is the majority shareholder and Company management owns a minority of the common equity.
"The merger of three highly profitable leaders in the radiation measurement and protection industry creates a dominant global player with leading positions in the nuclear power instrumentation, civil and military defense, and health physics markets," said American Capital Chief Operating Officer Ira Wagner. "This transaction is emblematic of American Capital's success in building a franchise in the middle market. With leadership provided by our New York Investment Team headed by Robert Klein, our Business Development and Marketing Team, Financial Analysis and Compliance Team (FACT), Legal Department and Operations Team all contributed to building and creating value in the formation of Mirion Technologies."
American Capital has invested approximately $3.2 billion in 2005, approximately $1 billion in the fourth quarter 2005 and $77 million year to date. These amounts do not include American Capital's unfunded equity commitment to its affiliate European Capital. For more information about American Capital's portfolio, click here.
"The establishment of Mirion Technologies is the next step in the evolution of a market leader. The merger of these three companies provides revenue diversification across customers, product lines, end markets and geography. In addition, the merger positions the three companies to take advantage of cross selling opportunities, create cost savings through consolidation, and provides for the enhanced sharing of best practices and research and development innovations," said American Capital Managing Director Robert Klein.
"We are excited to back management as they extend their leadership positions in these dynamic markets, particularly as it relates to the imminent buildout of Chinese nuclear capacity," added American Capital Principal Todd Wilson.
"Mirion Technologies is well-positioned to extend its global franchise, based upon the renaissance of the global nuclear power industry, continued global demands for homeland security and defense solutions, and increased utilization of radiological medical applications," said Mirion Technologies Chairman and CEO Tom Logan. "We expect to sustain our legacy of strong organic and acquisitive growth as these markets continue to evolve."
In 2003, American Capital invested $49 million to acquire Global Dosimetry Solutions, one of the world's largest providers of radiation dosimetry services. In 2004, American Capital invested $45 million in the acquisition of Imaging and Sensing Technology Corporation, a leading designer and assembler of equipment for use in nuclear power plants, and $72 million in the acquisition of synOdys Group SA, a leading manufacturer of systems and equipment to protect people and goods from nuclear, biological and chemical risks. In addition, American Capital has financed three add-on acquisitions across the companies that now comprise Mirion Technologies.
American Capital investments in companies serving the nuclear power industry also include PaR Nuclear Holding Company Inc., a leader in the design, assembly, installation and service of large-scale, high-precision robotic systems.
ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL
As of December 31, 2005, American Capital shareholders have enjoyed a total return of 412% since the Company's IPO - an annualized return of 22%, assuming reinvestment of dividends. American Capital has paid a total of $961 million in dividends and paid $19.11 dividends per share since its August 1997 IPO at $15 per share.
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ABOUT MIRION TECHNOLOGIES
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This announcement is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy securities.
SOURCE: American Capital Ltd.www.americancapital.com
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