ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Transcat, Inc. (Nasdaq:TRNS) ("Transcat" or the "Company"), a leading provider of accredited calibration, repair, inspection and compliance services and distributor of professional grade handheld test, measurement and control instrumentation, announced that on October 4, 2013 it repurchased 696,138 shares of the Company's common stock from an unaffiliated shareholder in a privately-negotiated transaction for $8.10 per share for a total purchase price of approximately $5.6 million. The transaction was authorized by the Board of Directors and was paid for using Transcat's existing credit facility. Lee D. Rudow, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transcat commented, "This transaction reflects our belief in the Company's long-term business prospects and the investment value of our common stock at this price." As of August 6, 2013, and prior to this transaction, there were 7.4 million shares of the Company's common stock outstanding. ABOUT TRANSCAT Transcat, Inc. is a leading provider of accredited calibration, repair, inspection and compliance services including analytical instrument qualifications, equipment and process validation. Targeted industries include life science, biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical and other FDA-regulated industries, industrial manufacturing, energy and utilities, chemical manufacturing and other industries. Throughout its 18 strategically located centers of excellence in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, Transcat delivers precise services with reliable turn-around times. The breadth and depth of measurement parameters addressed by Transcat's ISO/IEC 17025 scopes of accreditation are believed to be among the best in the industry. In addition, Transcat operates as a leading distributor of professional grade handheld test, measurement and control instrumentation. Through its distribution products segment, Transcat markets and distributes premier and propriety brand instruments to nearly 15,000 customers. The Company offers access to more than 25,000 test, measurement and control products. Transcat's growth strategy is to expand its service and distribution platform comprised of a balanced suite of test products and analytical, calibration, compliance, and validation services. The goal is to deliver specialized technical services with a quality assurance approach, which maximizes document accuracy and on-time job delivery. Transcat answers the call with cGMP, GLP, and GXP compliant services. Transcat can provide life science companies with a reliable alternative service and product solution to the OEMs and to the "generalist" service providers who cannot meet the client's specialized needs.