Parker Successfully Issues Medium Term Notes; Long-Term Financial Strength Reconfirmed by Rating Agencies

CLEVELAND, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH), the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced the issuance of Medium Term Notes totaling $775 million, in a mix of ten and thirty year maturities. Each of the three primary debt rating agencies -- Fitch Ratings, Moody's Investors Services, and Standard & Poor's - - have confirmed that Parker's existing strong investment grade ratings apply to these securities. Proceeds will be used to repay outstanding commercial paper borrowings.

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"We are very pleased with the strong level of demand for these Medium Term Notes," said Timothy K. Pistell, Parker Executive Vice President -- Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. "Our ability to efficiently raise this level of capital at historically attractive interest rates is further confirmation of the investment community's understanding of the value of the Win Strategy and longer term growth opportunity for the company. The refinancing achieved through the issuance of these notes and the use of proceeds further strengthens our capital structure and positions us well for continued profitable growth."

With annual sales exceeding $10 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 57,000 people in 43 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 52 consecutive years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's web site at , or its investor information site at .

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