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Johnson Acquires Techsonic For $28 Million

MAY 06, 2004 -- Johnson Outdoors acquired Techsonic Industries Inc., a global leader in underwater sonar and video viewing, and GPS technologies, from Teleflex Inc. The acquisition adds the popular Humminbird brand to Johnson Outdoors' marine electronics group portfolio which includes trolling motors and accessories sold under the Minn Kota name.

The $28 million deal reinforces the company's strategic focus on acquisitions that complement its businesses, have market leading potential and strengthen profitability. With the addition of Humminbird, Johnson Outdoors' marine electronics group sales are expected to surpass $100 million across marketplace categories with combined estimated sales of more than $300 million annually.

"Minn Kota and Humminbird are two great brands built on a strong heritage of continuous innovation. An even greater future lies ahead for both as we look to leverage this formidable combination of cutting-edge technology and consumer-insight excellence to drive growth in the marine electronics marketplace," said Helen Johnson-Leipold, CEO, Johnson Outdoors. "We are very excited by the potential untapped opportunities to be realized short-term and long-term through this acquisition."

Jeffrey Black, CEO of Teleflex, commented, "Teleflex has a long history of providing the world's premier boat builders with industry-leading mechanical and hydraulic steering, electronics, instrumentation, engine drive parts and aftermarket accessories. With this transaction, Teleflex will focus our resources on continuing to bring boat builders and boaters superior new products in our core marine OEM and aftermarket businesses. The Humminbird brand of fishfinders and consumer electronics is well-suited to Johnson Outdoors' family of strong brands."

Minn Kota, the world leader in electric fishing motors, is delivering record YTD sales in 2004 fueled by successful new products like the CoPilot, a remote wireless steering accessory, and the new Vector 3X transom-mounted trolling motor. Teleflex Incorporated acquired Techsonic Industries in 1993, as part of Teleflex Marine. Techsonic employs 172 people at two locations: Eufaula, AL and Alpharetta, GA. With this acquisition, Johnson Outdoors will now operate in 26 locations worldwide.

Jerry Perkins, COO, Johnson Outdoors, sees significant marketplace synergy and benefit in the merger of Minn Kota and Humminbird brands. According to Perkins, "We not only market to the same consumers and many of the same customers, we also share the same passion and drive to win in the marketplace. Competition is tough and our philosophy is to out-think, out-innovate and out-perform to stay on top."

The deal was simultaneously signed and closed on May 5, 2004, and was a stock purchase cash transaction. The transaction is anticipated to be accretive to cash flow and earnings in the first full fiscal year of ownership (fiscal 2005).



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