ESCO Announces Agreement to Acquire Global Electric Supplier

ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE) today announced that it has signed a definitive stock purchase agreement to acquire Doble Engineering Company (Doble) for $319 million in cash, subject to closing working capital adjustments. Doble, headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts, is a worldwide leader in providing high-end, diagnostic test solutions for the electric utility industry.

The acquisition is being funded by a combination of ESCO's existing cash and borrowings under a new $400 million credit facility led by National City Bank. At closing, the Company's leverage ratio (total debt-to-trailing-12-month pro-forma EBITDA) is expected to be less than 3.3x. The transaction is expected to close in the quarter ending December 31, 2007, and is subject to Hart-Scott-Rodino Act clearance.

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