Maverick Tube Completes Acquisition of Precision Tube

Maverick Tube Corporation has completed its acquisition of Precision Tube Holding Corporation. Under the terms of the transaction, the Precision stockholders received a total of $58.6 million in cash, which included an upward adjustment to reflect the cash on hand of Precision as of the closing date, and 200,000 shares of Maverick common stock. The cash portion of the purchase price remains subject to a working capital adjustment and other adjustments which are expected to be determined within 90 days and are not expected to be material.

The cash portion of the purchase price for the Precision acquisition was funded in part with net proceeds of approximately $26.4 million from Maverick's recently completed sale of two million shares of its common stock. The balance of the funding was provided through a new $150 million U.S. and Canadian senior credit facility obtained last Friday by Maverick from a group of institutional lenders led by JP Morgan/Chase. The U.S. portion of the new credit facility funded on Friday, March 29, and the Canadian portion of the new credit facility funded today. In addition to providing a portion of the funds for the acquisition of Precision, the new senior credit facility was also used to refinance Maverick's then existing bank borrowings, and will provide additional liquidity for future needs.

Maverick also announced the completion on March 29, 2002, of the sale of its cold drawn tubular business that had been discontinued in March 2001, for $8.1 million, consisting of cash in the amount of $1.3 million and the buyer's nine year secured promissory note for the balance. To accommodate the buyer's purchase of its cold drawn tubular business, Maverick guaranteed certain payment obligations to third parties totaling approximately $3.2 million. In connection with such guarantees, which expire in March 2005, Maverick was granted liens and appropriate subrogation rights in the assets conveyed to the buyer.