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Smith & WessonA® Announces Vertical Integration Of Precision Plastic Molding Supplier

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire / -- Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which Deep River Plastics, LLC ("Deep River Plastics"), a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Smith & Wesson, will purchase substantially all of the net assets of Tri Town Precision Plastics, Inc. ("TTPP"), a provider of custom injection molding services, rapid prototyping, and tooling, and a key polymer supplier to Smith & Wesson. The transaction is expected to close around May 5, 2014, subject to certain conditions.

TTPP has been a long-standing supplier of polymer frames and related components for a large number of Smith & Wesson firearms, including nearly all of its popular M&P models.  As a result, approximately two-thirds of TTPP's recent revenues have been generated by sales to Smith & Wesson.  Other industries that TTPP serves include the medical, general industrial, aerospace, communications, automotive, and defense industries.    

James Debney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Smith & Wesson, said, "We are pleased about today's announcement, which supports our strategic focus on our M&P firearm business and is highly beneficial to our company in several ways.  Polymer injection molding represents a significant element of our production process. Acquiring this capability allows us to vertically integrate a key component of our manufacturing operations with increased flexibility, and is expected to thereby lower our production costs and reduce risk within our supply chain. In addition, we believe that the acquired technology will play an important role in enhancing our new product development process by providing our team with internal access to the tools and processes that will allow them to more quickly and efficiently explore, develop, and test new product concepts."

Jeffrey D. Buchanan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Smith & Wesson, stated, "We are analyzing this asset purchase as similar to a capital expenditure, and it is expected to be accretive in our fiscal 2015 with a positive impact on gross margin of 70 to 90 basis points and an increase in earnings of approximately $0.04 to $0.05 per fully diluted share, resulting in a planned payback of approximately four to five years. The incremental sales to non-Smith & Wesson customers in fiscal 2015 are expected to be minimal, representing approximately $7 million to $9 million.  As a result of our strong balance sheet, we intend to complete the asset purchase with cash on hand." 

The agreement provides for Deep River Plastics to acquire substantially all of the net assets of TTPP for approximately $23 million in cash. The company operates a state-of-the-art operation in 95,000 square feet of manufacturing space that incorporates 45 injection molding machines and complete tool-building capabilities. 

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