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Edwards Group Limited Raises Guidance for the Third Quarter of 2013

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CRAWLEY, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Oct. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In advance of the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of shareholders scheduled to take place on October 4, 2013, Edwards Group Limited (Nasdaq:EVAC) ("Edwards" or the "Company") today revised its financial guidance for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013 based on an analysis of preliminary unaudited results.

The following highlights of expected results for the third quarter are preliminary and are subject to change pending the full release of the Company's fiscal third quarter results.

  • Revenue in the range of £177 to £180 million, above previous guidance of £160 to £175 million
  • Adjusted net income expected to come in above the previous guidance of £17 to £25 million

Jim Gentilcore, CEO of Edwards, said, "We are very pleased with the strong growth achieved in the third quarter, which has exceeded the guidance we provided on our second quarter earnings call on July 30, 2013. We have enjoyed continued momentum across the business, supported by stronger Semiconductor and Flat Panel revenues in particular. We saw good levels of revenues and order intake being sustained throughout the third quarter, which included some pull-ins from later in the year."

Given the announcement on August 19, 2013 that Edwards and Atlas Copco Group have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Atlas Copco Group will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Edwards, subject to the approval of the resolution at the EGM, the Company will report third quarter results on November 1, 2013 but will not host a conference call or provide forward looking guidance.

Forward-Looking Statements

This document may include forward-looking statements such as statements regarding the Company's business strategy, financial condition, results of operations and market data, as well as other statements that are not historical facts. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Except for any ongoing obligation to disclose material information as required by the United States federal securities laws, the Company does not have any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the Company distributes this document, whether to reflect any future events or circumstances or otherwise. For a discussion of potential risks and uncertainties, please refer to the risk factors listed in the Company's SEC filings. Copies of the Company's SEC filings are available from the SEC website, www.sec.gov.

About Edwards

Edwards is a leading developer and manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products, abatement systems and related value-added services. These are integral to manufacturing processes for semiconductors, flat panel displays, LEDs and solar cells; are used within an increasingly diverse range of industrial processes including power, glass and other coating applications, steel and other metallurgy, pharmaceutical and chemical; and for both scientific instruments and a wide range of R&D applications.

Edwards has over 3,200 full-time employees and 500 temporary workers operating in approximately 30 countries worldwide engaged in the design, manufacture and support of high technology vacuum and exhaust management equipment.

Edwards' American Depositary Shares trade on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol EVAC. Further information about Edwards can be found at www.edwardsvacuum.com.

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CONTACT: Investor Relations: Ross Hawley Head of Investor Relations Edwards +44 (0)1293 528844 investors@edwardsvacuum.com Monica Gould The Blueshirt Group +1 212 871-3927 monica@blueshirtgroup.com

Source:Edwards Group Limited