Groupe Laperriere & Verreault Inc.

Closing of the Arrangement Between GL&V, its Shareholders and FLSmidth & Co. A/S

    Montreal, Canada (ots/PRNewswire) -

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      - The new corporation GLV Inc., consisting of the Water Treatment Group,
      the Pulp and Paper Group and the Manufacturing unit, officially starts
      its operations and its shares will be traded on the TSX at the opening
      of the markets on August 13, 2007.
      - Shareholders are entitled to receive one New GLV share for each share
      held in the former GL&V, along with a per-share consideration of CDN$33
      in cash.
      - Management confirms that the value of a New GLV share for distribution
      purposes is estimated at CDN$8.82 and the value of the dividend and the
      reduction of capital for tax purposes are respectively estimated at
      CDN$6.36 and CDN$2.46 per Class A subordinate voting share and at
      CDN$8.44 and CDN$0.38 per Class B multiple voting share of GL&V.

    (Note: All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.)

    Management of Groupe Laperrière & Verreault Inc. ("GL&V") and the new  corporation GLV Inc. ("New GLV" or "the Company") is pleased to announce,  following the issuance of a Certificate of Amendment confirming the  Amendment, the closing, effective today, of the Arrangement between GL&V,  its shareholders  and a subsidiary of the Danish company FLSmidth & Co.  A/S ("FLS"). The principal terms of the transaction were as follows:

@@start.t2@@      - GL&V transferred its Water Treatment Group, its Pulp and Paper Group
      and its Manufacturing unit to New GLV, and the shares will be owned by
      former GL&V's shareholders.
      - A Canadian subsidiary of FLS acquired all outstanding Class A
      subordinate voting shares and Class B multiple voting shares of GL&V,
      thereby becoming the effective owner of former GL&V's Process Group for
      a cash consideration equivalent to CDN$33 per GL&V share outstanding,
      plus the assumption of GL&V's net debt, with the exception of a net debt
      of CDN$50 M to be assumed by New GLV. Consequently, each shareholder of
      GL&V will receive a per-share consideration of CDN$33 in cash and one
      share of New GLV for each share held.
      The process of distributing the New GLV shares and the cash consideration
      was initiated upon the closing of the transaction, with the result that
      the transfer agent will issue the shares and cash payments, subject to
      applicable withholding for non-Canadian shareholders, within the
      following days to shareholders who delivered the duly completed Letter of
      Transmittal along with their GL&V share certificates.
      At the opening of markets on August 13, 2007, New GLV's stock will be
      listed and trading on the TSX under the ticker symbols LVG.A and LVG.B
      replacing the shares of the former GL&V which, at that time, will be
      delisted from the TSX.

    Furthermore, management confirms that the taxable dividend for the purposes of the Income Tax Act (the "Act"), following the distribution of  the New GLV shares, estimated at CDN$6.36 per Class A subordinate voting  share and at CDN$8.44 per Class B multiple voting share of GL&V have been  duly designated as eligible dividends as defined in the Act. For more  information regarding shareholders' tax considerations, please refer to  the Information Circular which has been distributed to GL&V's shareholders  and filed on SEDAR ( with respect to the Special General  Meeting of Shareholders held on July 27, 2007, notably, to approve the Arrangement.

    Management also wishes to inform investors that combined carve-out results for combined activities of New GLV for the first quarter ended June 30, 2007 will be disclosed on August 16, 2007.

    Achievement of a significant return on investment and beginning of a new

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    era of development and creation of shareholder value

    ----------------------------------------------------        Laurent
Verreault, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, said he
is very pleased with the outcome of this value-maximizing transaction
for shareholders. "As they judged themselves by massively voting in
favour, this transaction offers shareholders two major advantages as
it enables them to achieve an immediate and significant return on the
investments made by  GL&V in the past to build the value of the
Process Group, while allowing them  to continue participating in New
GLV's potential growth and future creation  of value. At GL&V, we see
this transition as the continuity of more than 30  years of dynamic
growth and operational excellence. We also see it as the  beginning
of a new growth era, at a time when fundamental changes are under
way or emerging in our key markets, thereby creating significant
opportunities for companies capable of taking advantage of them."

    Richard Verreault, President and Chief Operating Officer, added that the still fragmented industrial and domestic water market holds considerable potential for the Water Treatment Group, which has recently acquired new technologies and expanded its global positioning. This group has drawn up an ambitious business plan and is actively pursuing various projects in order to more than double its revenues within the next five to seven years. It also aims to raise its profit margins by fully leveraging the synergies arising from its latest business acquisitions and by enhancing its technological offering in order to position itself as a more comprehensive provider of value-added solutions, especially for the treatment of domestic and  industrial wastewater and the screening of large-volume water intakes.  For its part, the Pulp and Paper Group has demonstrated for over 30 years an  exceptional ability to position itself proactively and profitably in a market  undergoing a major transformation. This group has taken the lead and remains  a leader in the consolidation of its industry. Furthermore, it has always  been a reliable generator of profits and cash flows, despite the fluctuations  experienced by the global pulp and paper industry in the last few decades.  While securing a dominant position in the aftermarket in North America and  Europe, it has recently acquired cutting-edge technologies designed to meet  new needs in the worldwide pulp and paper industry, including in emerging  regions.

    "We will make New GLV an influential player on the international scene as a provider of targeted industrial and municipal solutions, with special expertise in water treatment technologies. We will replicate the same strategies that have proven successful for the former GL&V, namely to achieve sustained growth through the acquisition and efficient integration of businesses, international development and the focus on value-added operations and products, and to optimize our profitability by controlling our expenses and maintaining a profitable and flexible cost structure, in part through manufacturing outsourcing," Richard Verreault added.

    Start-up revenues of over CDN$500 M and strong financial position


    Marc Barbeau, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, indicated that based on its order backlog, market conditions and the acquisitions of the past year, New GLV is expected to achieve revenues of  CDN$500 to CDN$545 million during its first full year of operation. It  undertakes its operations with a solidly established worldwide business,  close to 1,500 qualified employees and an excellent portfolio of technologies  meeting new market needs. It also benefits from a strong financial position  to pursue its operations and development projects, including shareholders'  equity of approximately CDN$150 million and total net debt of approximately CDN$52 million, which represents a total net debt to invested capital ratio  of only 26%. Furthermore, it has recently obtained a credit facility of  CDN$175 million.

    "As we have disclosed in our previous communications, we intend to build our company driven by a long-term vision. In other words, all our business decisions will be motivated by our commitment to maximize our groups' long-term value in the best interests of our shareholders, which could entail slower growth in our groups' short-term profitability. First, we are building our Water Treatment Group to position it as a world leader, and such an expansion and consolidation effort could put pressure on its profit margins and create some volatility in its earnings in upcoming quarters. As for our Pulp and Paper Group, it lately adopted a more aggressive strategy to  position itself in certain key markets with new-generation technologies.  This recently allowed it to garner large-scale contracts that will provide  it with an excellent international showcase for its future growth, but for  which profit margins are lower than for its other operations," added  Marc Barbeau.

    About GLV Inc.


    GLV Inc. was founded on May 15, 2007 to carry on part of the commercial activities of GL&V. GLV consists of two principal business segments. Its  Water Treatment Group specializes in the design and marketing of solutions  for the treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater and water used in  various industrial processes, and also offers water intake screening  solutions for power stations and desalination plants. Its Pulp and Paper  Group specializes in the design and marketing of equipment used in various  stages of pulp and paper production, notably chemical pulping, pulp  preparation and sheet formation, and is a recognized leader in rebuilding,  upgrading and optimization services for existing equipment, as well as the sale of replacement parts. Finally, a Manufacturing unit specializes in  the production of large custom-made parts for external customers involved  mainly in the pulp and paper and energy sectors, as well as for the Pulp and  Paper Group. GLV is present in some 30 countries and has close to 1,500  employees.

    Forward-Looking Statements


    Certain statements that describe GLV Inc.'s objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts may constitute forward-looking  statements within the meaning of securities legislation. Management would  like to point out that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements  involve a number of risks and uncertainties such that GLV's actual and future  results could differ materially from those indicated. Factors of uncertainty  and risk that might result in such differences include trends in the demand for GLV's products and cost of its raw materials, fluctuations in the value  of various currencies, pressures exerted on prices by the competition,  compliance with environmental legislation and general changes in economic  conditions. There can be no assurance as to the materialization of the  results, performance or achievements as expressed in or underlying the  forward-looking statements. Unless required to do so pursuant to applicable  securities legislation, management assumes no obligation as to the updating  or revision of the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or other changes.

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                                      CONFERENCE CALL WITH INVESTORS
                         ON RESULTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF FISCAL 2008
                      Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 2:00 PM (Montreal time)
      To participate, please dial +1-800-732-9303 a few minutes before the
      start of the call. For those unable to participate, a taped re-broadcast
      will be available Thursday, August 16, 2007 from 4:00 p.m. until midnight
      Thursday, August 23, 2007, by dialing +1-877-289-8525; access
      code 21242808 (number sign). THE CONFERENCE CALL WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE
      AT Members of the media are invited to listen in.

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and Chief Financial Officer, +1-514-284-2224; Media: Amély Tremblay,
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