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12/19/2007 12:12 Legrand strengthens its position in energy distribution with the acquisition of Alpes Technologies

After its recent acquisition of Kontaktor, Russia’s leading producer of power circuit-breakers, and Wuxi, a Chinese specialist in energy distribution, Legrand is continuing expansion in the field with the purchase of Alpes Technologies, a French leader in systems designed to optimize and measure the quality of electricity for commercial and industrial applications.

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12/12/2007 12:12 Resounding success for Legrand's "2007 Trophy for young electrical talents"

In October, Legrand organized the "2007 Trophy for young electrical talent", aimed at future professionals of the electrical sector.
After a selection process performed on the Internet, twenty applicants were chosen to participate in a grand final organized at Innoval, the Legrand group training centre in Limoges. These young electricians then competed for 15 hours in performing an advanced electrical installation including in particular the most sophisticated home automation products of the In One By Legrand range.
The event illustrates how, fully conscious of its civic responsibilities and its industry leading role, Legrand is committed to supporting the professional training of up & coming electricians.

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12/05/2007 09:12 Launch of "Harmony", the new range of high-end dimmers by Pass and Seymour Legrand

The "Harmony" collection from Pass and Seymour Legrand illustrates the Group's strategy of trading up, placing style and technology at the heart of its offer.
This high value-added series will satisfy both users and installers.
Users will appreciate the elegance of its models which fit into any surroundings, and their many practical functions which include a dimming slide control, a lighting level memory and a position locator for use in the dark.
Electricians meanwhile will enjoy the benefits of a range which was designed to ensure quick and easy installation

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12/05/2007 02:12 Legrand continues expansion in China with the acquisition of TCL Wuxi

Continuing its strategy of targeted acquisitions financed out of cash flow, Legrand announces the acquisition of TCL Wuxi, a Chinese firm specializing in modular and high-current circuitbreakers for residential, commercial and industrial applications.With TCL Wuxi, Legrand, already active in the energy-distribution segment in China, will significantly reinforce its offering and market presence. This is in line with a strategy designed to make the most of the exceptional growth potential of the Chinese market, where Legrand is already number one for both wiring devices and audio and video access controls...

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11/28/2007 10:11 Legrand reinforces its business model for the long term and adapts organization

As the quality of results to September 30, 2007 shows, Legrand benefits from two reliable and profitable growth drivers that are already consolidating the strength of its business model.
To maintain this momentum for growth over the long term, in particular through the reinforcement of its capacity for innovation, the Group is adapting its organization and renewing its management team.

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11/26/2007 09:11 Shidean Legrand receives the China Famous Brand award

The China Famous Brand award, China's highest national distinction for Quality and Excellence, went to Shidean Legrand in September 2007.
This is a major recognition for Shidean Legrand, which fully intends pursuing its development and drawing benefit from the outstanding potential of the Chinese market.
Shidean, China's leader in audio and video door entry systems, joined the Legrand group in January 2006, following the takeover in the same country of TCL International Electrical, No. 1 in wiring devices, and TCL Building Technology, a major player in VDI (Voice/Data/Images).

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11/08/2007 07:30 Steep rise in earnings as of end of September with 2007 targets revised upwards

Legrand turned in an excellent performance in the first nine months of the year.Sales rose more than 11%, buoyed in particular by robust growth in emerging markets and the success of our strategy of trading up; both factors are reliable growth drivers and are already significantly reinforcing our business model. Over the same period, earnings rose by over 16% with free cash flow at more than 11% of sales...

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10/30/2007 02:10 Legrand pursues expansion in emerging countries, purchasing Mexico’s Macse

Legrand takes control of Macse, Mexico’s leading producer of metal cable trays and thus strengthens its presence in Mexico, a high-growth market where it is already a leading player in wiring devices and energy distribution.

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07/26/2007 07:30 Firm rise in earnings for the first half of 2007

Whether performances are judged on sales or profitability, Legrand had an excellent first half. A highlight was the pursuit of vigorous sales growth on emerging markets, where the overall rise at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates was close to 18%. At the same time, a combination of strong growth in total sales and effective cost controls enabled Legrand to achieve an appreciable improvement in profitability while continuing integration of recent acquisitions. Finally, in the first half these good results enabled the group to finance acquisition-driven growth as well as distribute a €133 million dividend to shareholders and net  buy back 4.1 million own shares for a total of €103 million.

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07/18/2007 02:07 Legrand continues expansion on emerging markets with the acquisition of Kontaktor in Russia

Reinforcement of its presence in Russia, where it is already a leader in wiring devices, cable management and modular circuit breakers, makes Legrand a key player position on a market showing exceptionally vigorous growth and continues its rapid expansion on emerging markets.

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05/03/2007 07:30 Excellent 2007 first quarter

Gilles Schnepp, Chairman and CEO, comments: “Legrand turned in what was in every way a good performance in the first quarter of 2007. Sales showed a strong rise, particularly on emerging markets where growth remains vigorous. There were also rapid rises in adjusted operating income and net income measured both by amounts and margin, and generation of free cash flow remained robust.”

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04/10/2007 02:04 Legrand joins UN Global Compact

Legrand has for many years made its values, the expertise and the know-how of its staff members the foundations for lasting, profitable and responsible growth. Its model for business development combines performance over the long term with preservation of the environment and continuing enrichment of human capital.

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03/21/2007 07:30 Legrand announces the launch of the share buyback program authorized by the General Meeting of Shareholders held February 24, 2006, for an amount of up to €200 million.

For full details, see the description filed with the French supervisory authority AMF on March 21, 2007, which can also be downloaded from the Legrand website. Deployment will start March 22, 2007 and run through August 24, 2007 at the latest.

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02/08/2007 07:30 Firm growth in 2006 results

Legrand turned in an excellent performance in 2006. Sales showed a strong rise driven by a combination of organic and acquisition-driven growth. Operating margins increased significantly following the consolidation of a large number of acquisitions and net income more than doubled, while free cash flow generation was vigorous. Legrand thus exceeded the targets announced on its initial public offering,demonstrating its capacity to create value for its shareholders through a combination of organic growth and acquisition-led expansion financed out of cash flow, high margins and tight control of capital employed.

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01/22/2007 02:01 Legrand reinforces presence in home automation with the acquisition of UStec

Following its recent acquisition of HPM in the Asia-Pacific zone, Legrand is pursuing its strategy of targeted acquisition-led growth that creates value with the acquisition of UStec in the US. Specialized in complete solutions for Voice, Data and Image networks for residential buildings, UStec reports annual sales of approximately $12 million.

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01/09/2007 02:01 Legrand continues expansion in the Asia-Pacific area with the acquisition of HPM

Actively continuing its strategy of growth through targeted acquisitions, Legrand today announced – subject to regulatory approval – the acquisition of HPM, number two for wiring devices in Australia and New Zealand. The transaction confirms Legrand’s interest in the acquisition of businesses with substantial market share and recognized standing in their field of expertise.

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