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Symmetry Medical Receives Hart-Scott-Rodino Clearance

WARSAW, Ind., Sept. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Symmetry Medical Inc. (NYSE:SMA), a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays, announced today the Federal Trade Commission has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR) for its definitive agreement to sell its OEM Solutions business to Tecomet. Concurrent with the sale of the OEM Solutions business, Symmetry Medical Inc.'s shareholders will receive ownership in a new public company that will spin out at the closing and hold the Symmetry Surgical business.

The closing of the transaction is also subject to other customary closing conditions, including the effectiveness of Symmetry's Registration Statement on Form S-4, which was initially filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 5, 2014, registration and listing of Symmetry Surgical's common stock, and final approval by the Company's shareholders. Subject to the satisfaction of these other conditions, the transaction is expected to close by the end of 2014.

There can be no assurance regarding the ultimate timing of the proposed transaction or that the transaction will be completed. Symmetry Medical does not intend to provide regular updates on its progress regarding this transaction, but will announce completion of the transaction and will make such other disclosures as required by applicable law.

About Symmetry Medical Inc.

Symmetry Medical Inc. is a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays. The Company's thousands of Teammates provide design, development and worldwide production capabilities for these products to customers in the orthopedic industry, other medical device markets, and specialized non-healthcare markets. Symmetry's trusted reputation and brands, broad Intellectual Property portfolio and commitment to innovation enable it to collaborate with hundreds of global medical device manufacturers as well as thousands of hospitals to provide solutions for today's needs and tomorrow's growth.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this press release regarding Symmetry Medical Inc.'s business and the planned separation of the Symmetry Surgical business, which are not historical facts may be "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties, within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are predictive in nature and are frequently identified by the use of terms such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "plan," "estimate," "intend," and similar words indicating possible future expectations, events or actions. Such predictive statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual outcomes and results could differ materially from our current expectations. We refer you to the "Risk Factors" and "Forward Looking-Statements" sections in Symmetry Medical Inc.'s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus filed by Symmetry Medical Inc. and the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus contained in Symmetry Surgical Inc.'s Registration Statement on Form S-4, in each case filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as Symmetry Medical's and Symmetry Surgical's other filings with the SEC, which are available on the SEC's Web site at www.sec.gov.

Additional Information and Where To Find It

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. The proposed merger transaction between Symmetry Medical Inc. and Tecomet Inc. will be submitted to the stockholders of Symmetry Medical Inc. for their consideration. Symmetry Medical Inc. has filed a preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus with the SEC and expects to file a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus on Schedule 14A, Symmetry Surgical Inc. has filed a Registration Statement on Form S-4 containing the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus, and Symmetry Medical, Inc. and Symmetry Surgical, Inc. plan to file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF SYMMETRY MEDICAL INC. ARE URGED TO READ THE PRELIMINARY JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC (INCLUDING THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS) CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents containing important information about Symmetry Medical, Inc., Symmetry Surgical and Tecomet (including the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus), once such documents are filed with the SEC, through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Symmetry Medical Inc. and Symmetry Surgical Inc. when and if available, can be obtained free of charge on Symmetry Medical's website at www.symmetrymedical.com or by directing a written request to Symmetry Medical Inc., 3724 North State Road 15, Warsaw, Indiana 46582, Attention: Investor Relations.

Symmetry Medical Inc. and certain of its directors, executive officers and certain members of management may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Symmetry Medical Inc. in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Symmetry Medical Inc. is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on March 10, 2014 and the definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on March 14, 2014 and the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC on September 5, 2014. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation may also be included in the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials when and if filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction in connection with the merger or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

CONTACT: Symmetry Medical Inc. Fred L. Hite Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer (574) 371-2218 Investors: The Ruth Group Zack Kubow (646) 536-7020 zkubow@theruthgroup.comSource:Symmetry Medical Inc.