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Datalogic acquires Datasensor

October 3, 2008 - Datalogic will acquire DATASENSOR SpA (a company 100% owned by Hydra SpA, controlling shareholder of Datalogic SpA). The deal is of great industrial value as it will allow both the Datalogic Group and Datasensor to consolidate their respective market positions in the industrial automation sector.

As the deal is between related parties, this press release has been prepared also in compliance with Article 71- bis of the Regulation implementing Italian Legislative Decree no. 58 of 24 February 1998 (the Italian Consolidated Law on Finance) which governs issuers, approved by the CONSOB (Italian securities & exchange commission) with its resolution no. 11971 of 14 May 1999 as subsequently amended and integrated.

1. CHARACTERISTICS, APPROACH, TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF DEAL
The object of the deal is the transfer of shares representing 100% of the share capital of Datasensor SpA from Hydra SpA to Datalogic Automation Srl, a company directly and wholly owned by the Issuer. In this regard please note that the investment contract was signed today and, at the same time, were transferred 100% of shares of Datasensor SpA to Datalogic Group.

Datalogic Automation Srl (hereinafter also the “Purchaser”), 100% controlled by Datalogic SpA, is the second leading European manufacturer of industrial fixed-position scanning systems and one of the world’s leading producers of automatic identification systems for the industrial market Datasensor SpA (hereinafter also the “Target Company”) is an Italian company present in the international market for over 30 years and a leader in the design, production and marketing of photoelectric sensors and devices for detection, safety, measurement, and inspection in industrial automation.

In 2007, Datasensor Group achieved sales revenues of € 31.7 million and EBITDA (restated) of € 5.6 million (17.6% on revenues); at 31 December 2007, the net financial position was positve by € 3.5 million.

The deal is worth a total amount of € 45 million (Equity Value). The acquisition was realized using a multiple equal to approximately 7.5 FY 2007 EBIDTA (restated).

The price, determined with the corroboration of an independent expert appraisal (KPMG Advisory SpA), will be paid in two instalments: the first, for a total amount of € 31.3 mn immediately and the second, for € 13.7 mn, by the middle of November.

The price will be paid via use of available financial resources and bank borrowing.

2. DEGREE OF RELATIONSHIP; NATURE AND EXTENT OF RELATED PARTIES’ INTEREST
On the definition of “Related parties” as indicated in the international accounting standard IAS 24, approved by EC Regulation no. 1725/2003 and subsequently amended by EC Regulation no. 2238/2004, as well as the definition of “Control” as indicated in Article 2359 of the Italian Civil Code and Article 93 of the Italian Consolidated Finance Act, the deal in question is a related-party transaction since it involves:
�� Datalogic Automation Srl, a company 100% controlled by Datalogic SpA (hereinafter “Issuer”).
�� Datasensor SpA, a company 100% controlled by Hydra SpA, which in turn is the controlling shareholder of Datalogic SpA, with a percentage interest of approximately 65%.
�� Hydra SpA, a company whose share capital is owned by Mr. R. Volta and Ms. L. Fantini, each with a 50% interest.

3. BUSINESS RATIONALE OF ACQUISITION
This acquisition is part of the Datalogic Group’s growth strategy in the industrial automation segment which is headed by the Automation Division. Photoelectric sensors and devices – which form the core business of Datasensor – will enable the Automation Division to complete its product range (which already comprises industrial fixed-position scanners, radio-frequency readers, and laser marking products) for the industrial market.

Similarly, integration of the technological platforms of the Automation Division and Datasensor is aimed at increasing Datalogic’s innovation potential considerably, consequently improving the Group’s competitiveness.

4. METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING PRICE
For the purposes of valuation of the Target Company, the Issuer’s Board of Directors identified the advisory services company KPMG Advisory SpA as the independent expert appointed to prepare an appraisal (hereinafter also “fairness opinion”) to set a value on the Target Company, also pursuant to and for the purposes of Article 2465 of the Italian Civil Code.

The benchmark criterion used for appraisal was Discounted Cash Flow (DCF). In addition, to verifiy the valuation, two other methods were used, i.e. the market multiples method (relating to listed companies active in the sensors sector) and the comparable transaction multiples method (for acquisitions concerning companies active in Datasensor’s sector or in any case in closely related sectors).

The independent expert’s report revealed an economic value, for the transfer of the entire share capital of the Target Company, in line with the price agreed between the parties.

5. INCOME-STATEMENT, BALANCE-SHEET AND FINANCIAL EFFECTS OF THE ACQUISITION
In practical terms, acquisition of the equity interest in Datasensor SpA by Datalogic Group will result in Datasensor’s entry into the consolidation area of Datalogic Automation and, consequently, of Datalogic SpA.

6. OTHER INFORMATION
It is pointed out that no change is envisaged in the remuneration of the directors of Datalogic SpA and/or of its subsidiaries as a consequence of the deal described above.

Datalogic Group is a world-class producer of bar code readers, data collection mobile computers and RFID systems. We offer innovative solutions for many industrial sectors, from manufacturing to transportation & logistics and retail.

The Group is structured into 3 Divisions: Datalogic Scanning (#1 worldwide for retail POS scanners and #2 WW for Hand Held readers), Datalogic Mobile (#4 in EMEA and #5 worldwide for mobile computers) and Datalogic Automation (#2 in EMEA and #3worldwide for fixed readers for the industrial market).

Datalogic S.p.A. has been listed on the Star segment of the Italian Stock Exchange since 2001 as DAL.MI, with headquarters located in Lippo di Calderara di Reno (Bologna). Datalogic has about 1900 employees worldwide, in over 40 countries in Europe, Asia, the United States and the Pacific Rim. In 2007, the Group achieved revenues of 404 million Euro, an increase of 6% over the previous year.

Datasensor SpA is a leader in the production and marketing of optoelectronic sensors and devices for detection, safety, measurement and inspection in industrial automation.

Its product range includes complementary products such as non-photoelectric sensors and temperature controllers. Datasensor’s global presence is assured by sales branches and by an extensive network of local distributors and Qualified Automation Partners (QAPs), Safety Experts, and Vision Experts.

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