Mesa Laboratories (MLAB) Acquires Assets of Rapid Aid Corp

August 10, 2016 3:03 PM EDT

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Mesa Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLAB) today announced the acquisition of certain assets and liabilities of Rapid Aid Corp (“Rapid Aid”) by the Company’s subsidiary, Mesa Canada, Inc. (“Mesa Canada”). Rapid Aid was the Company’s exclusive supplier of cold chain packaging gel products (“CC Gels”). The acquisition is expected to add approximately 550 basis points to Mesa’s Cold Chain Packaging Division gross profit margin and to be neutral to our diluted net income per share (“EPS”) during the first 12 months.

Mesa Canada purchased only the CC Gels from Rapid Aid and as a result, the sale and service of all Rapid Aid’s other product lines will continue as normal and are not affected in any way by the acquisition of the CC Gels business.

The cold chain market, a system of storing and transporting products at the recommended temperature range from point of manufacture to point of use, has been expanding worldwide. Mesa utilizes CC Gels in the Company’s validated cold chain packaging solutions sold into the pharmaceutical and life science industries. An example of Mesa’s validated packaging solutions is the TempTrust Extreme system that was recently qualified to manage and maintain temperature for up to 200 hours.

“The acquisition of Rapid Aid’s CC Gels business provides improved control over a critical component in Mesa’s cold chain packaging solutions,” said Peter Jung, VP of Corporate Development and Strategy. “The acquisition improves Mesa’s gross margins for our cold chain packaging products, leveraging the Division’s rapid growth and driving increased profitability to Mesa’s bottom line. While integration costs in year one will suppress the financial impact, we expect the acquisition to be accretive to Mesa’s diluted net income per share beyond that. The significance of the diluted net income per share accretion is dependent upon the growth of packaging revenues in the years ahead.”

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