Edwards Group Limited Receives Regulatory and Antitrust Clearance for Merger With Atlas Copco and Announces Completion Date

Edwards Group Limited Receives Regulatory and Antitrust Clearance for Merger
With Atlas Copco and Announces Completion Date

CRAWLEY, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Jan. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Edwards
Group Limited (Nasdaq:EVAC) ("Edwards" or the "Company"), a leading developer
and manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products, abatement systems and
related value-added services, announces that all regulatory and antitrust
clearances and approvals necessary for its merger with Atlas Copco Group
(NASDAQ OMX Stockholm: ATCO A, ATCO B), the Sweden-based provider of
industrial productivity solutions, have now been obtained.

Closing of the transaction is therefore expected to take place by close of
business today, 9 January 2014, and consequently Edwards ADSs are anticipated
to cease trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange prior to market opening on 10
January 2014.

On closing, the fixed cash payment of $9.25 per share will become payable to
shareholders. Under the terms of the merger agreement filed with the SEC on 28
August 2013, an additional payment of up to $1.25 per share is potentially
payable post-closing, calculated according to a mechanism set out in the
merger agreement. This is on the basis of Edwards' achieving 2013 revenues in
excess of £587.5 million and capped at £650 million, together with exceeding
certain Adjusted EBITDA targets set between £113.9 million and £145
million.The additional payment will be paid after the financial results for
the fourth quarter of 2013 have been completed, which is expected before the
end of the first quarter of 2014.

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

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