Neenah Paper signs agreement to buy Massachusetts nonwovens manufacturer Crane Technical Materials for US$72M; acquisition gives Neenah Paper US presence that compliments its Germany-based filtration business, fits company's growth strategy, says CEO

ALPHARETTA, Georgia , June 5, 2014 (press release) – (NYSE: NP) Neenah Paper, Inc. today announced it signed a definitive agreement to purchase all of the outstanding equity of Crane Technical Materials, Inc. (CTM) from Crane & Co., Inc. for $72 million, comprised of $64 million for the business and $8 million related to future cash tax benefits Neenah will receive as a result of the transaction. Crane Technical Materials, with annual sales of approximately $50 million and two manufacturing operations in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, provides performance-oriented wet laid nonwovens media for fast growing filtration end markets as well as environmental, energy and industrial uses.

"This acquisition clearly fits our strategy of expanding in profitable, performance-oriented markets with above average growth rates, and provides a US filtration presence that nicely complements our German-based filtration business," said John O'Donnell, Chief Executive Officer. "From a financial standpoint, this investment provides an attractive rate of return, is not dilutive to our mid-teen EBITDA margins, and is accretive to earnings. Most importantly, CTM brings new technologies that provide a platform for future growth and increase our ability to be a global supplier of choice for our customers."

The Company indicated approximately $2 to $3 million of one-time costs are expected in 2014 related to the acquisition. Annual earnings are expected to be approximately $0.20 per share accretive, excluding one-time costs and benefits of lower cash taxes.

The acquisition will be financed primarily through available cash on hand and the transaction is expected to close in early July and is subject to customary closing conditions.

About Neenah Paper, Inc.
Neenah is a leader in premium image and performance-based products, including filtration, specialized substrates used for tapes, labels and other products, and high-end printing papers. Products are marketed under well-known brands such as CLASSIC®, ASTROBRIGHTS®, ENVIRONMENT®, CRANE®, ROYAL SUNDANCE®, SOUTHWORTH® KIMDURA®, Gessner®, JET-PRO® SofStretch™ and varitess®. Neenah is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia and its products are sold in over 70 countries worldwide from manufacturing operations in the United States and Germany. Additional information can be found at the company's web site, www.neenah.com.

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SOURCE Neenah Paper, Inc.

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