SOURCE: Metalico, Inc.

January 29, 2008 08:30 ET

Metalico Closes American CatCon Purchases

CRANFORD, NJ--(Marketwire - January 29, 2008) - Metalico, Inc. (AMEX: MEA) announced today that it has completed its previously announced purchases of substantially all of the operating assets of two affiliated catalytic converter recyclers located in Texas and Mississippi.

The acquired businesses recover platinum group metals from scrap ceramic and metallic substrate automotive catalytic converters. The sellers are American CatCon Holdings, LLC, having a principal location in Buda, Texas and a buying center in Dallas, and American CatCon, LLC, based in Gulfport, Mississippi.

The purchases were made by Metalico CatCon, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary. The buyer is retaining the sellers' management and operational employees.

Metalico, a leading scrap metal recycler and lead products fabricator, already competes in the catalytic converter recycling business through its Federal Autocat subsidiary in Newark, New Jersey and its Hypercat Coating subsidiary in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Commenting on the transactions, Carlos E. Agüero, Metalico's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "American CatCon further expands our platform and presence in the recycling of Platinum Group Metals contained in catalytic converters. This industry will experience continued rapid growth from the increasing number of automobiles being de-manufactured every year. We are excited about moving into the South and Southwest markets."

Metalico was assisted by Dresner Partners in arranging the transactions. The acquisitions were financed through debt facilities provided by the Company's institutional lenders and available cash.

Metalico, Inc. is a rapidly growing holding company with estimated annualized revenues of approximately $500 million through two principal business segments: ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal recycling, and fabrication of lead-based products. The Company now operates thirteen recycling facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Texas, and Mississippi and five lead fabrication plants in Alabama, Illinois, Nevada, and California. Metalico's common stock is traded on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol MEA.

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