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Strategies & Market Trends : Speculating in Takeover Targets
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From: richardred3/25/2008 12:54:11 AM
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American Banknote (ABnote) Acquires Keystone Manufacturing (Plastics) Limited
Monday March 24, 1:44 pm ET
Expands into Canadian Card Manufacturing Arena
ABnote Increases Capacity and Broadens Worldwide Footprint

FORT LEE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Banknote Corporation, parent of the ABnote Group, announced today that it has acquired Keystone Manufacturing (Plastics) Ltd., of Toronto, Canada, for an undisclosed amount of cash.

The acquisition of Keystone, one of Canada’s premier plastic card companies, provides the world-wide ABnote Group access to Keystone’s richly diversified suite of customers, along with the ability to take advantage of Keystone’s highly regarded reputation in smart cards. In addition, ABnote announced Bud Kronenberg would remain at the helm of the company together with the current management team.

As a result of the transaction, Keystone will gain immediate access to a wide range of new technologies including Arthur Blank’s “green” initiatives. Keystone will supplement its existing product lines through ABnote’s global strength in secure card issuance and cutting-edge identification products, as well as through its complimentary secure printing, warehousing, fulfillment services and information technology.

“We are extremely proud to be able to acquire a company of the quality, experience and stature of Keystone,” stated Steven Singer, Chairman and Chief Executive of American Banknote Corporation. “Keystone allows us to enter Canada at a very exciting time as the banking community migrates towards EMV and as cross border identification becomes paramount between the USA and Canada”.

“Keystone has built a unique brand in Canada - being able to leverage the dominant skill sets and exceptional knowledge base that ABnote has attained means that Keystone will be able to become an even more significant force in the Canadian marketplace”, stated Bud Kronenberg, CEO of Keystone. “It is with a great sense of pride that my team joins forces with a market leader”.

About American Banknote Corporation

American Banknote Corporation is a holding company and the parent of the ABnote Group, which operates through its subsidiary companies: American Banknote S.A. in Brazil, Leigh Mardon in Australia, ABnote NZ in New Zealand, CPS Technologies in France, ABnote Europe, s.r.o. in the Czech Republic, and American Bank Note Company and Arthur Blank & Co. in the United States. For more information on American Banknote, visit www.americanbanknote.com or call 201-592-3400. For more information on all of Keystone’s card products, visit www.keystoneplastics.com or call 416-293-3842.
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