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Mesa Labs Acquires Additional Canadian Dental Sterilizer Testing Business

LAKEWOOD, Colo., July 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mesa Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLAB) (we, us, our, “Mesa” or the “Company”) today announced the acquisition of certain assets and liabilities of HANSAmed Limited (“HANSAmed”) by the Company’s subsidiary, Mesa Canada, Inc. (“Mesa Canada”). HANSAmed was a distributor of the Company’s biological indicator (“BI”) products and mail-in testing services to the dental market in Canada. The acquisition is expected to add approximately $200,000 to Mesa’s revenues and to be accretive to our diluted net income per share during the first 12 months.

Mesa Canada purchased only the BI distribution rights from HANSAmed and as a result, the sale and service of all their other product lines will continue as normal and are not affected in any way by the acquisition of the BI business.

HANSAmed distributes self-contained biological indicators (“SCBI”) to the dental market in Canada in those provinces that have implemented mandatory daily testing of sterilizers. In this situation, in-office testing using a SCBI is the only practical solution, as test results are available within 10 to 24 hours. In the provinces where daily testing of sterilizers is not required, HANSAmed delivers a kit that contains sufficient BI’s for 52 weeks or 12 months of testing. To conduct the test, the BI’s are processed through the sterilizer in the dental office and then mailed back to HANSAmed for testing to determine if the sterilizer was working correctly. HANSAmed also provides on-line access to test results, allowing the dentist to track the performance of each sterilizer. After a short transition period, Mesa Canada will continue this distribution business from its office in Markham, Ontario. Centralized supply of BI products from Markham will improve the service to Mesa’s Canadian customers by increasing product availability and reducing shipping time.

“This is the second acquisition of a Mesa Canadian BI distributor, which increases our direct selling efforts in this territory,” said Peter Jung, VP of Corporate Development and Strategy for Mesa. “This follows a similar build-out strategy Mesa employed in Western Europe to develop direct BI sales efforts. The acquisition of HANSAmed will increase Mesa’s Canadian dental testing business by approximately 30%, improving efficiency and profitability. Selling direct allows Mesa to capture additional margin and to better understand the needs of our customers, enabling us to grow our Canadian BI business more effectively.”

About Mesa Laboratories, Inc.

We pursue a strategy of focusing primarily on quality control products and services, which are sold into niche markets that are driven by regulatory requirements. We prefer markets that have limited competition where we can establish a commanding presence and achieve high gross margins. We are organized into four divisions across eight physical locations. Our Instruments Division designs, manufactures and markets quality control instruments and disposable products utilized in connection with the healthcare, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, medical device, industrial hygiene, environmental air sampling and semiconductor industries. Our Biological Indicators Division provides testing services, along with the manufacturing and marketing of biological indicators and distribution of chemical indicators used to assess the effectiveness of sterilization processes, including steam, hydrogen peroxide, ethylene oxide and radiation, in the hospital, dental, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Our Continuous Monitoring Division designs, develops and markets systems which are used to monitor various environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity and differential pressure to ensure that critical storage and processing conditions are maintained in hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, blood banks, pharmacies and a number of other laboratory and industrial environments. Our Cold Chain Division provides parameter (primarily temperature) monitoring of products in a cold chain, consulting services such as compliance monitoring, packaging development and validation or mapping of transport and storage containers, and thermal packaging products such as coolers, boxes, insulation materials and phase-change products to control temperature during transport.

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CONTACT: John J. Sullivan, Ph.D.; President and CEO, or John Sakys; CFO, both of Mesa Laboratories, Inc., +1-303-987-8000

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