Ametek to acquire Xantrex Programmable Power

Aug. 13, 2008

Paoli, Pa. -- Ametek, Inc., has announced it has agreed to acquire the programmable power business of Xantrex Technology, Inc., for $120 million in cash. Based in San Diego, Xantrex’s Programmable Power Division is a leader in alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) programmable power supplies used to test electrical and electronic products. It has annual sales of approximately $80 million.

The transaction, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the third quarter. Ametek’s acquisition of Xantrex Programmable Power is not contingent on the sale of Xantrex Technology Inc. to Schneider Electric..

“Xantrex Programmable Power will be an excellent acquisition for Ametek. It enjoys a strong reputation within the power industry and its products complement those offered by Ametek Power Instruments," notes Frank S. Hermance, Ametek chairman and chief executive officer.

“Xantrex Programmable Power significantly expands our position in the niche market for programmable power sources and provides us with further opportunities for growth in the highly attractive electronic test and measurement equipment market,” adds Mr. Hermance.

Xantrex Programmable Power is a leader in programmable AC and DC power sources used to test electrical and electronics products by simulating various input voltages, frequencies and potentially harmful line transients. Its products are used in design verification testing, manufacturing, quality assurance and regulatory compliance by its customers in a wide range of industries, including aviation, military and general electronics.

Xantrex Programmable Power will join Ametek as part of its Electronic Instruments Group (EIG).  Ametek EIG sells its instruments to the process and analytical, aerospace, power and industrial markets worldwide and had 2007 sales of $1.2 billion.