CLEVELAND, Aug 02, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH) and the domnick hunter group plc. today jointly announced that Parker has agreed to a cash offer for all outstanding shares of domnick hunter. The offer is subject to certain regulatory approvals in the U.S. and Europe, and the necessary level of domnick hunter shareholder acceptance. The directors of domnick hunter are unanimously recommending that all domnick hunter shareholders accept the offer, which is also supported by domnick hunter senior management. The transaction is expected to close in the Fall of 2005.
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The domnick hunter group had 2004 revenues of approximately $280 million. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings after integration costs and synergies within the first full year of integration.
Currently traded on the London Stock Exchange, domnick hunter, founded in 1963, is an international group of companies specializing in the design and manufacture of filtration, separation, and purification products and technologies for a wide range of markets. The domnick hunter group is headquartered in Durham, United Kingdom, and employs over 1,900 people, who will become part of Parker's Filtration Group, with results reported within the company's Industrial Segments.
With annual sales exceeding $8 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 50,000 people in 46 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 49 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 http://www.parker.com, or its investor information site at http://www.phstock.com.
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