19 January 2017

Smiths Group welcomes European Commission clearance for acquisition of Morpho Detection

Security & Defence

Smiths Group plc (“Smiths Group”) welcomes the European Commission’s clearance of the proposed acquisition of Morpho Detection.

In order to secure approval in Phase I of the EU merger review process, Smiths Group proposed the divestment of Morpho Detection’s explosive trace detection (“Trace”) business. This divestment is conditional on the successful closing of Smiths Group’s acquisition of Morpho Detection and on the European Commission's approval of the purchaser of the Trace business as a suitable purchaser.

Completion of the acquisition of Morpho Detection by Smiths Group remains conditional upon approval from the relevant authorities in the United States and certain other territories, among other conditions. Smiths Group continues to engage with these authorities in order to secure the necessary clearances as soon as possible.