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Landauer, Inc. Announces Acquisition Of IZI Medical Products, LLC

Stocks in this article: LDR

GLENWOOD, Ill., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Landauer, Inc. (NYSE: LDR), a recognized global leader in personal and environmental radiation monitoring and the leading domestic provider of outsourced medical physics services, today announced that it has acquired all of the outstanding equity interests of  IZI Medical Products, LLC (IZI Medical Products) of Baltimore, MD, for a purchase price of approximately $93 million. IZI Medical Products is a leading provider of high quality medical consumable accessories used in radiology, radiation therapy, and image guided surgery procedures and was a portfolio company of Boston based Riverside Partners, a private equity firm with two decades of experience with middle market healthcare and technology companies.

"IZI Medical Products is a significant addition to our product and service offering to help customers ensure the safe utilization of radiation and supports our growth objectives via strategic expansion," stated Bill Saxelby, President and CEO of Landauer. "IZI Medical Products expands Landauer's addressable market opportunities in both the U.S. and international markets and brings a very talented team of individuals with a similar culture to Landauer. This partnership provides considerable opportunities and resources for the IZI organization and I look forward to working with Helen Shafer, CEO of IZI Medical Products, and her team."

IZI Medical Products has a broad product portfolio ranging from consumables used with MRI, CT, and Mammography technologies to highly engineered consumable passive reflective markers used during Image Guided Surgery procedures. With a global customer base and two decades of research and development expertise, IZI is well positioned to serve the growing and attractive radiation oncology, radiology, and image guided surgery end markets.

Saxelby added, "The acquisition is an excellent strategic fit and enhances our radiation safety continuum offering. There is significant synergy of customers between the companies and the combined brands of two market leaders allows for an expanded breadth of products and services to our healthcare clients.  Sales for IZI Medical Products for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 were approximately $14 million."

"The IZI team is excited about becoming a part of Landauer," said Helen Shafer, CEO of IZI Medical Products. "We believe that Landauer's resources will be of significant value to our long-term growth strategy and the fit from a cultural perspective is outstanding. We look forward to a long and profitable relationship with Landauer."

IZI Medical Products was acquired for approximately $93 million in cash, subject to customary purchase price adjustments. The acquisition is expected to be approximately $0.12-$0.16 accretive to earnings per share in fiscal year 2012. The structure of the transaction also provides Landauer with a future tax benefit with a net present value of approximately $18.6 million.

Senior Debt Facility

Landauer obtained financing for the IZI Medical Products acquisition through refinancing of Landauer's existing debt with a new $175 million revolving debt facility with a term of five years. This new line of credit will support borrowings to cover the purchase price and other costs associated with the transaction, refinance existing debt as well as provide in excess of $40 million for potential future strategic transactions and working capital needs. Robert W. Baird & Co. acted as financial advisor to Landauer on this transaction, while BMO Harris Bank is Administrative Agent and BMO Capital Markets and PNC Capital Markets were Co-Lead Arrangers on the debt refinancing and new debt facility.

Dividend Policy

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.55 per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2012. This represents an annual rate of $2.20 per share, consistent with fiscal 2011 levels. The dividend will be paid on January 4, 2012 to shareholders of record on December 9, 2011.

"Landauer is committed to maintaining its dividend policy which enables the company to continue to return cash to shareholders," stated Saxelby.  "We believe that our focus on driving shareholder value, the strength of our product offering and our position as the market leader in global dosimetry services, medical physics services and image guided surgery procedures will continue to drive the growth and development of Landauer over the long term."

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