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Ultra Electronics Holdings plc: Ultra Acquires Specialist Ballistics Identification and Forensic Analysis Company

MONTREAL, CANADA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/01/14 -- Ultra announces that it has agreed to acquire Forensic Technology WAI Inc ("Forensic Technology") from private investors and its management team which includes the company's founder. All of the management team will stay with the business.

Forensic Technology is an international company, headquartered in Montreal, Canada that employs 253 across six offices around the globe. The company provides automated firearm ballistics identification and forensic analysis systems to law enforcement agencies in over 65 countries. Forensic Technology is currently developing a number of document security and analytic products based on its existing capabilities and areas of expertise. The company has a 20+ year track record of delivering market-leading forensic analysis solutions that help police worldwide combat gun crime at local and national levels, as well as internationally through its partnership with INTERPOL. Forensic Technology's customers include the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Canada's RCMP, Israel Police, the UK's National Ballistics Intelligence Service, and the South African Police Service.

Robert Walsh, Founder of Forensic Technology, commented:

"Ultra's acquisition of Forensic Technology is an excellent opportunity for our companies to leverage each other's strengths by ensuring continued investment in emerging technologies and building on the existing relationships and support our customers have come to expect. For the next few years, I am proud to assist our company and support Ultra in its efforts to build on their position in the fields of security and forensics."

The acquisition of Forensic Technology will be financed using Ultra's facilities and balance sheet, and will be fully earnings accretive in 2015. Forensic Technology will continue to operate from its existing facilities as a bolt-on acquisition to Ultra's Tactical & Sonar Systems Division.

The transaction is subject to US regulatory approvals. Assuming satisfaction of all closing conditions and approvals, the transaction is expected to close towards the end of the second quarter of 2014.

Rakesh Sharma, Chief Executive of Ultra, commented:

"I am pleased with the acquisition of Forensic Technology. It has established a strong position in the international market place and its technologies and capabilities complement Ultra's broader law enforcement, security and data analytic offerings. This provides an important step in building our portfolio in the security sector."

Further information about Ultra:

Ultra Electronics is an internationally successful defence, security, transport and energy company with a long, consistent track record of development and growth. Ultra businesses constantly innovate to create solutions to customer requirements that are different from and better than those of the Group's competitors. The Group has a broad range of distinct market or technology niches within its twenty nine businesses. The diversity of niches enables Ultra to contribute to a large number of platforms and programmes and provides resilience to the Group's financial performance.

Ultra has world-leading positions in many of its niches and, as an independent, non-threatening partner, is able to support all of the main prime contractors with specialist capabilities and solutions. As a result of such positioning, Ultra's systems, equipment or services are often mission-critical to the successful operation of the platform to which they contribute. In turn, this mission-criticality secures Ultra's positions for the long term which underpin the superior financial performance of the Group.

Ultra offers support to its customers through the design, delivery and support phases of a programme. Ultra businesses have a high degree of operational autonomy where the local management teams are empowered to devise and implement competitive strategies that reflect their expertise in their specific niches. The Group has a small head office and executive team that provide to the individual businesses the same agile, responsive support that they provide to customers as well as formulating Ultra's overarching, corporate strategy.

Across the Group's three divisions, the major market sectors in which Ultra operates are:

Defence: Ultra supplies advanced electronic and electrical systems and equipment to coalition defence forces around the world. The Group innovates to provide specialist capabilities that are superior to those available to the enemy. By focusing on delivering comparative military advantage, Ultra can gain market share and exploit the headroom for growth that is available in defence budgets worldwide.

Security and cyber: Ultra provides highly differentiated systems and capabilities to the broad security, intelligence and cyber market. Driven by the actions of rogue states, terrorist groups and organised crime, governments worldwide are focusing expenditure preferentially on addressing these threats. Ultra has highly specialised capabilities in secure communications, networks and high grade cryptographic equipment, key management systems and surveillance and intelligence gathering systems.

Transport: Ultra provides specialist software, systems and equipment for use in mass passenger transport systems. This includes high integrity real-time controls for civil aircraft, advanced IT solutions for modern airports and trackside power equipment for transit rail systems. Demand in all areas is driven by rising populations in affluent and developing regions of the world.

Energy: Countries around the world are addressing the strategic need to have secure access to increasing amounts of low carbon energy. Ultra has a range of safety critical sensors and controls used in existing and new build nuclear reactors. The Group has innovative portable energy sources powered by readily available propane gas. Ultra also has specialist sensors, derived from defence applications, which are highly effective in the underwater environment at hydrocarbon mapping.

Further information about Forensic Technology:

Forensic Technology pioneered automated ballistics identification more than 20 years ago and continues to be a leader in ballistics and firearm identification technologies that promote a safer society. We partner with hundreds of law enforcement agencies in over 65 countries and territories, providing cost-effective and sustainable solutions.

Launched in 2013, IBIS® TRAX-HD3D™ is the latest generation of IBIS technology which incorporates all of the benefits of IBIS and raises them to an entirely new dimension of crime solving value. Using increased automation and new high-definition 3D imaging, IBIS TRAX- HD3D has the ability to capture crucial data at the nanometer level for better correlation accuracy. And its legacy 2D imaging leverages visualization and ensures backward compatibility with earlier IBIS systems.

In 2011, Forensic Technology acquired Projectina Ltd. a specialized Swiss company in the field of computation, development and manufacture of optical and opto-electronical components and systems for demanding technical areas. Together, Forensic Technology and Projectina offer a wider range of products and services that serve the law enforcement community.

For more information about Forensic Technology, please visit: www.forensictechnology.com

Contacts:
Rakesh Sharma
Chief Executive
020 8813 4307

Mary Waldner
Group Finance Director
020 8813 4307

Susan Ellis
Corporate Affairs Adviser
07836 522 722

James White
MHP Communications
020 3128 8756
www.ultra-electronics.com

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