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22 January 2018

Smiths Group divests John Crane’s Bearings business for $35m

Smiths Group plc (“Smiths Group” or the “Company”) today announces that it has reached an agreement to sell John Crane’s Bearings (‘Bearings’) business to Miba AG, a private Austrian company, for an enterprise value of $35m. The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain regulatory conditions and is expected to complete by the end of March 2018.

This divestment is part of the ongoing corporate programme to concentrate the portfolio on scalable market leading positions in the Company’s chosen markets. The proceeds will be reinvested in attractive growth opportunities for the Company.

The Bearings business manufactures and maintains hydrodynamic bearings for the power generation, oil & gas and general industrial markets. Bearings reported total revenue of $56m in the year ended 31 July 2017, with a 12% EBITDA margin and represented c.5% of John Crane’s total revenue.

Andy Reynolds Smith, Chief Executive of Smiths Group, said:

"This divestment shows further progress in focusing Smiths Group’s portfolio as we reposition ourselves for long-term growth in markets where we can build leading positions.

This is the second disposal in John Crane having sold Artificial Lift in September 2016. John Crane is now a more focused business leveraging its technology leadership and service network of over 200 sites across the globe.”

Contact details

Investor enquiries
Jemma Spalton, Smiths Group
+44 (0)20 7004 1637
+44 (0)78 6739 0350
jemma.spalton@smiths.com

Marion Le Bot, Smiths Group
+44 (0)20 7004 1672
+44 (0)75 8315 4386
marion.lebot@smiths.com

Media enquiries
Andrew Lorenz, FTI Consulting
+44 (0)20 3727 1323
+44 (0)77 7564 1807
smiths@fticonsulting.com

Deborah Scott, FTI Consulting
+44 (0)203 727 1459
+44 (0)797 953 7449
smiths@fticonsulting.com

About Smiths Group
Smiths Group is a global technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange (SMIN) and operates a sponsored level one ADR programme (SMGZY). A world leader in the practical application of advanced technologies, Smiths Group delivers products and services for the medical technology, security & defence, energy, space & commercial aerospace, construction, transportation and general industrial markets worldwide. Smiths Group employs c.22,000 colleagues in over 50 countries. For more information visit www.smiths.com.

About John Crane
John Crane is a global leader in rotating equipment solutions, supplying engineered technologies and services to process industries. The company designs and manufactures a variety of products including mechanical seals and systems, couplings, bearings, filtration systems and predictive digital monitoring technologies. John Crane customer service is accessed through a global network of more than 200 sales and service facilities in over 50 countries. Fiscal year 2017 revenue was greater than 1.1 Billion USD (£885m). John Crane is part of Smiths Group.







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