March 08, 2012 at 17:04 PM EST
Precision Castparts Corp. Expands PCC Energy Group Capabilities With Acquisition of RathGibson

PORTLAND, Ore., March 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Precision Castparts Corp. (NYSE:PCP) has agreed to acquire RathGibson, LLC. ("RathGibson" or the "Company").

RathGibson manufactures precision thin-wall, nickel-alloy and stainless steel welded and seamless tubing, with broad capabilities in length, wall thickness, and diameter. The Company's products are used in a multitude of oil & gas, chemical/petrochemical processing, and power generation applications, as well as in other commercial markets. The Company operates three facilities in Janesville, Wisconsin; North Branch, New Jersey; and Clarksville, Arkansas, and employs more than 500 people.

"The acquisition of RathGibson continues to broaden our footprint in the oil & gas market and presents solid opportunities in other markets as well," said Mark Donegan, chairman and chief executive officer, Precision Castparts Corp. "RathGibson's tubing nicely complements our current products, which serve the high-end requirements of the oil & gas market with corrosion-resistant alloys. As the industry and others move toward more complex and difficult operations, our combined product lines will offer a fuller, more robust capability."

The cash acquisition of RathGibson, which will be treated as an acquisition of assets for tax purposes, will be immediately accretive to earnings. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to be completed during the first quarter of fiscal 2013, after which its results will be reported as part of the Forged Products segment.

Precision Castparts Corp. is a worldwide, diversified manufacturer of complex metal components and products. It serves the aerospace, power, and general industrial markets. PCC is the market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, forged components, and highly engineered, critical fasteners for aerospace applications.  In addition, the Company is the leading producer of airfoil castings for the industrial gas turbine market.  PCC manufactures extruded seamless pipe, fittings, forgings, and clad products for power generation and oil & gas applications; commercial and military airframe aerostructures; and metal alloys and other materials to the casting and forging industries.

Information included within this press release describing projected growth and future results and events constitutes forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Actual results in future periods may differ materially from the forward-looking statements because of a number of risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to fluctuations in the aerospace, power generation, and general industrial cycles; the relative success of the Company's entry into new markets; competitive pricing; the financial viability of the Company's significant customers; the impact on the Company of customer labor disputes; demand, timing and market acceptance of new commercial and military programs including the Boeing 787; the availability and cost of energy, materials, supplies, and insurance; and the cost of pension benefits and post-retirement medical benefits; equipment failures; relations with the Company's employees; the Company's ability to manage its operating costs and to integrate acquired businesses in an effective manner; governmental regulations and environmental matters; risks associated with international operations and world economies; the relative stability of certain foreign currencies; the impact of adverse weather or natural disasters; the availability and cost of financing; and implementation of new technologies and process improvement.  Any forward-looking statements should be considered in light of these factors.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release any forward-looking information to reflect anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of this document.

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CONTACT: Dwight Weber, Director of Communications
         (503) 946-4855
         Website: http://www.precast.com
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