Caterpillar's US$8.8B acquisition of Wisconsin-based mining equipment company Bucyrus International approved by China's commerce ministry; deal expected to close shortly

PEORIA, Illinois, and OAK CREEK, Wisconsin , July 8, 2011 (press release) – Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and Bucyrus International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BUCY) received notification from the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM) that it has formally approved Caterpillar's planned acquisition of the Wisconsin-based mining equipment company.

This action follows the United States Department of Justice's recent clearance of the transaction. The MOFCOM clearance is the last major regulatory requirement needed for the acquisition to be completed. The deal, valued at approximately $8.8 billion (including net debt), is expected to close shortly.

About Caterpillar:

For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2010 sales and revenues of $42.588 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services.

About Bucyrus International, Inc.

Bucyrus is a world leader in the design and manufacture of high productivity mining equipment for the surface and underground mining industries. Bucyrus' surface mining equipment is used for mining coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands and other minerals. Bucyrus' underground mining equipment is used primarily for mining coal and also used in mining minerals such as potash and trona. In addition to machine manufacturing, Bucyrus manufactures high quality OE parts and provides world-class support services for their machines. Bucyrus' corporate headquarters is located in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

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