Lakewood, Colorado, October 15, 2015 – Mesa Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLAB) (we, us, our, “Mesa” or the “Company”) today announced the acquisition of certain assets and liabilities of six of its European distributors by the Company’s subsidiary, Mesa France SAS (“Mesa France”), located near Lyon, France. These acquisitions involved BIOLOGIK S.R.L. and VWR International PBI S.R.L., both of Italy; Cruinn Diagnostics Ltd., of Ireland; Mecolab AG, of Switzerland; Miclev Medical Products AB, of Sweden; and Tiselab S.L., of Spain. All of these companies were distributors of the Company’s biological indicator (“BI”) products. Combined, acquisition of the BI distribution rights from these six companies is expected to add approximately $1,000,000 to Mesa’s revenues in the first 12 months and be accretive to Mesa’s earnings per share.
Mesa France purchased only the BI distribution rights from these six companies and the sales and service of all their other product lines will continue as normal and are not affected in any way by the acquisition of the BI business.
Biological indicators are used to assess the effectiveness of sterilization processes, including steam, gas (such as Ethylene Oxide or Chlorine Dioxide), hydrogen peroxide and radiation, in the hospital, dental, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. These six companies have been distributors of Mesa’s BI products for many years, selling primarily to the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing markets. After a short transition period, Mesa France will continue this distribution business, uninterrupted, from their office near Lyon. Centralized supply of BI products from Lyon will improve the service to Mesa’s European customers by increasing product availability and reducing shipping time.
“These six acquisitions largely complete the build-out of Mesa’s direct BI sales efforts in Europe that was started with the acquisition of Mesa France (formerly Amilabo SAS) in April, 2014,” said John J. Sullivan, President and CEO of Mesa. “In total, we have purchased distribution rights from ten of our former BI distributors and Mesa now sells direct into our target pharmaceutical and medical device markets throughout much of Western Europe. Selling direct allows Mesa to capture additional margin and to better understand the needs of our customers, enabling us to grow our European BI business more effectively.”
About Mesa Laboratories, Inc.
We pursue a strategy of focusing primarily on quality control products and services, which are sold into niche markets that are driven by regulatory requirements. We prefer markets that have limited competition where we can establish a commanding presence and achieve high gross margins. We are organized into four divisions across eight physical locations. Our Instruments Division designs, manufactures and markets quality control instruments and disposable products utilized in connection with the healthcare, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, medical device, industrial hygiene, environmental air sampling and semiconductor industries. Our Biological Indicators Division manufactures and markets biological indicators and distributes chemical indicators used to assess the effectiveness of sterilization processes, including steam, hydrogen peroxide, ethylene oxide and radiation, in the hospital, dental, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Our Continuous Monitoring Division designs, develops and markets systems which are used to monitor various environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity and differential pressure to ensure that critical storage and processing conditions are maintained in hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, blood banks, pharmacies and a number of other laboratory and industrial environments. Our Cold Chain Division provides parameter monitoring of products in a cold chain, consulting services such as compliance monitoring, packaging development and validation or mapping of transport and storage containers, and thermal packaging products such as coolers, boxes, insulation materials and phase-change products to control temperature during transport.
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CONTACT: John J. Sullivan, Ph.D.; President and CEO, or John Sakys; CFO, both of Mesa Laboratories, Inc., +1-303-987-8000