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Manpower Inc. to Acquire COMSYS to Accelerate Its Global Strategy, Scale and Service in Professional Staffing and Solutions

Acquisition of COMSYS Offers Strategic and Cultural Fit, Providing the Manpower Group of Companies with Unparalleled Presence, Capabilities and Value to Help Clients and Candidates Win

Feb 02, 2010

Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN), a world leader in the employment services industry, announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire COMSYS IT Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq: CITP), a leading professional staffing firm. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Subject to the terms of the agreement, the value of the consideration for each outstanding share of COMSYS common stock would be $17.65, for a total enterprise value of $431 million, including net debt assumed by Manpower. COMSYS' professional IT staffing services will be integrated into the Manpower Professional offering, and when combined with Elan, Manpower's European IT staffing business, creates an entity with total revenues of more than $2.5 billion. The combined entities increase Manpower's professional consultants on assignment to over 25,000. With 4,000 offices around the globe, the addition of COMSYS increases Manpower's professional staffing services geographic footprint to more than 400 offices worldwide.

"The acquisition of COMSYS is consistent with our strategy and strengthens the continued expansion of our professional staffing services and outcome-based solutions," said Jeff Joerres, Manpower Inc. Chairman and CEO. "Both are areas where we have significantly grown organically over the past few years, driven by our strategy to provide clients with all the talent they need, particularly in the high demand skill verticals of IT, engineering, finance and accounting."

COMSYS is a leading provider of professional IT staffing services, Managed Service Program (MSP) and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) offerings. Manpower will also integrate COMSYS' MSP and RPO offerings into its world-leading Manpower Business Solutions to strengthen the company's global, industry-leading offering to deliver clients with full employment life cycle and outcome-based solutions.

"Our strategy is an outside-in approach, focusing on services that deliver value to our clients and candidates. We grow our capabilities organically and acquire companies for the combination of financial gain, and strategic and cultural fit for our organization. The culture, expertise, client and consultant base that COMSYS brings to our suite of services, when combined with Manpower Professional and Manpower Business Solutions, accelerates us to being a global leader in the US and around the world."

As companies continue to experience tremendous pressure to do more with less in achieving their business strategy, the same will hold true for their talent strategy, and the future talent that they seek to bring on. Over the next decade, talent will emerge as a company's competitive differentiator. In tomorrow's economy, the decline of the working age population will only increase the competition for qualified candidates. At the same time, individuals will exercise more choice in their job search, forcing businesses to find innovative ways to attract and retain key people.

"Manpower and COMSYS have very similar cultures, focused on a client-first and consultant-first mindset and values," said Jonas Prising, Manpower Inc. President of the Americas. "Joining our trusted brands and services, combined with our ability to deliver a unique experience to clients and candidates, will address the market's needs from both a scale and capabilities perspective. The strong alignment of our services and cultures positions us well for a rapid and successful integration."

This acquisition creates value for COMSYS' shareholders, compelling opportunities for employees and offers superior value for clients, according to Larry Enterline, Chief Executive Officer, COMSYS. "This is a great opportunity for us to leverage our demonstrated expertise and strong market presence with Manpower's global leadership in the employment services industry. The combination of these two great organizations is exciting for us and very positive for all of the stakeholders' of both companies," Enterline continued.

"Our ability to leverage assets, synergies, systems, real estate, and client and candidate relationships makes this acquisition particularly appealing," added Joerres. "One of the ways that we can deliver immediate value to our combined clients and candidates is through MyPath.com, the world's first-of-its-kind social network guided by Manpower, which is focused on serving up free content and training to improve the skills and advance the careers of professionals, particularly in the IT, engineering and finance space."

About the Transaction
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Manpower has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of COMSYS common stock pursuant to an exchange offer in which COMSYS stockholders can elect to receive for each of their COMSYS shares either $17.65 per share in cash or a fraction of a share of Manpower common stock equal to $17.65 divided by the average trading price of Manpower common stock during the ten trading days ending on and including the second trading day prior to the closing of the exchange offer, subject to a requirement that no more than 50% of the aggregate consideration in either the exchange offer or the subsequent merger will be cash or stock (subject to certain adjustments). If either form of consideration is oversubscribed, then it will be allocated pro rata to the stockholders who elect it, with the balance of their consideration being in the other form. Based on the closing price of Manpower's common stock on February 1, 2010, the stock consideration would equal 0.332 of a share of Manpower common stock for each share of COMSYS common stock. Manpower has the right to elect not less than two business days prior to the expiration of the exchange offer to pay $17.65 in cash for all shares tendered in the exchange offer.

The exchange offer is subject to customary closing conditions, including the tender of at least a majority of the outstanding shares of COMSYS common stock on a fully diluted basis, and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2010. Following completion of the exchange offer, a wholly owned subsidiary of Manpower will merge into COMSYS and the COMSYS shares not acquired in the exchange offer will convert into the right to receive the same consideration as paid in the exchange offer.

Manpower expects to commence the exchange offer in mid-March following the filing of COMSYS' Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2009.

Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN), a world leader in the employment services industry, announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire COMSYS IT Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq: CITP), a leading professional staffing firm. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Subject to the terms of the agreement, the value of the consideration for each outstanding share of COMSYS common stock would be $17.65, for a total enterprise value of $431 million, including net debt assumed by Manpower. COMSYS' professional IT staffing services will be integrated into the Manpower Professional offering, and when combined with Elan, Manpower's European IT staffing business, creates an entity with total revenues of more than $2.5 billion. The combined entities increase Manpower's professional consultants on assignment to over 25,000. With 4,000 offices around the globe, the addition of COMSYS increases Manpower's professional staffing services geographic footprint to more than 400 offices worldwide.

"The acquisition of COMSYS is consistent with our strategy and strengthens the continued expansion of our professional staffing services and outcome-based solutions," said Jeff Joerres, Manpower Inc. Chairman and CEO. "Both are areas where we have significantly grown organically over the past few years, driven by our strategy to provide clients with all the talent they need, particularly in the high demand skill verticals of IT, engineering, finance and accounting."

COMSYS is a leading provider of professional IT staffing services, Managed Service Program (MSP) and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) offerings. Manpower will also integrate COMSYS' MSP and RPO offerings into its world-leading Manpower Business Solutions to strengthen the company's global, industry-leading offering to deliver clients with full employment life cycle and outcome-based solutions.

"Our strategy is an outside-in approach, focusing on services that deliver value to our clients and candidates. We grow our capabilities organically and acquire companies for the combination of financial gain, and strategic and cultural fit for our organization. The culture, expertise, client and consultant base that COMSYS brings to our suite of services, when combined with Manpower Professional and Manpower Business Solutions, accelerates us to being a global leader in the US and around the world."

As companies continue to experience tremendous pressure to do more with less in achieving their business strategy, the same will hold true for their talent strategy, and the future talent that they seek to bring on. Over the next decade, talent will emerge as a company's competitive differentiator. In tomorrow's economy, the decline of the working age population will only increase the competition for qualified candidates. At the same time, individuals will exercise more choice in their job search, forcing businesses to find innovative ways to attract and retain key people.

"Manpower and COMSYS have very similar cultures, focused on a client-first and consultant-first mindset and values," said Jonas Prising, Manpower Inc. President of the Americas. "Joining our trusted brands and services, combined with our ability to deliver a unique experience to clients and candidates, will address the market's needs from both a scale and capabilities perspective. The strong alignment of our services and cultures positions us well for a rapid and successful integration."

This acquisition creates value for COMSYS' shareholders, compelling opportunities for employees and offers superior value for clients, according to Larry Enterline, Chief Executive Officer, COMSYS. "This is a great opportunity for us to leverage our demonstrated expertise and strong market presence with Manpower's global leadership in the employment services industry. The combination of these two great organizations is exciting for us and very positive for all of the stakeholders' of both companies," Enterline continued.

"Our ability to leverage assets, synergies, systems, real estate, and client and candidate relationships makes this acquisition particularly appealing," added Joerres. "One of the ways that we can deliver immediate value to our combined clients and candidates is through MyPath.com, the world's first-of-its-kind social network guided by Manpower, which is focused on serving up free content and training to improve the skills and advance the careers of professionals, particularly in the IT, engineering and finance space."

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Manpower has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of COMSYS common stock pursuant to an exchange offer in which COMSYS stockholders can elect to receive for each of their COMSYS shares either $17.65 per share in cash or a fraction of a share of Manpower common stock equal to $17.65 divided by the average trading price of Manpower common stock during the ten trading days ending on and including the second trading day prior to the closing of the exchange offer, subject to a requirement that no more than 50% of the aggregate consideration in either the exchange offer or the subsequent merger will be cash or stock (subject to certain adjustments). If either form of consideration is oversubscribed, then it will be allocated pro rata to the stockholders who elect it, with the balance of their consideration being in the other form. Based on the closing price of Manpower's common stock on February 1, 2010, the stock consideration would equal 0.332 of a share of Manpower common stock for each share of COMSYS common stock. Manpower has the right to elect not less than two business days prior to the expiration of the exchange offer to pay $17.65 in cash for all shares tendered in the exchange offer.

The exchange offer is subject to customary closing conditions, including the tender of at least a majority of the outstanding shares of COMSYS common stock on a fully diluted basis, and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2010. Following completion of the exchange offer, a wholly owned subsidiary of Manpower will merge into COMSYS and the COMSYS shares not acquired in the exchange offer will convert into the right to receive the same consideration as paid in the exchange offer.

Manpower expects to commence the exchange offer in mid-March following the filing of COMSYS' Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2009.

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