Gardner Denver, Inc. Delivers Record First Quarter 2011 Financial Results


Company Reports Record-Level Quarterly Revenues, Orders, Backlog and Operating Income and Highest First Quarter Net Income and DEPS in Company History

Company Highlights (Attributable to Gardner Denver):

o Diluted Earnings per Share ("DEPS") were $1.13 for the first quarter of 2011, inclusive of profit improvement costs and other items totaling $0.02, an increase of 85% compared to $0.61 in the first quarter of 2010.

o Strong first quarter growth, with orders of $611.9 million and revenues of $531.9 million, both up 26% compared to the first quarter of the prior year.

o Operational improvements contribute to 510 basis points of operating margin expansion to 16.3%.

o Backlog ended the quarter at $647.1 million, an increase of $207.2 million (47.1%) from the first quarter of 2010 and $93.6 million (16.9%) from year end.

o Updated guidance for 2011: second quarter DEPS of $1.10 to $1.15 and total year DEPS of $4.50 to $4.60, including profit improvement costs and other items totaling $0.05 per diluted share for the second quarter and $0.10 per diluted share for the full year.

WAYNE, PA (April 20, 2011) - Gardner Denver, Inc. (NYSE: GDI) today announced that revenues and operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2011 were $531.9 million and $86.8 million, respectively, which are record quarterly results for the Company. For the first quarter of 2011, net income and DEPS attributable to Gardner
Denver were $59.5 million and $1.13, respectively, which are the highest levels achieved by the Company for any first quarter in its history. The three-month period of 2011 included expenses for profit improvement initiatives and other items totaling $1.7 million, or $0.02 DEPS.

Compared to the three-month period of 2010, revenues and orders both increased 26 percent. Demand for Engineered Products remained strong, with the most significant increases resulting from greater demand for petroleum pump products, engineered packages destined for emerging markets and OEM products. Demand for Industrial Products was broad-based, growing by double-digits in every major region of the world. Consolidated operating income improved 83
percent compared to the three-month period of the prior year, increasing to $86.8 million from $47.5 million in 2010. Operating income as a percentage of revenues was 16.3 percent in the three-month period of 2011, compared to 11.2
percent in the prior year period. The increase in operating income was largely driven by incremental profitability on the revenue growth, favorable product mix and the benefits of operational improvements previously implemented.

CEO's Comments

"I am very pleased with the record-breaking financial results achieved by the Company in the first quarter, reflecting strong organic growth in our end markets and solid execution by our employees worldwide, supported by the principles of the Gardner Denver Way," said Barry L. Pennypacker, Gardner Denver's President and Chief Executive Officer.
"Our global teams remain focused on the Company's five strategic priorities and driving operational excellence throughout the organization. These improvements were evident in the first quarter, as operating margins expanded by 510 basis points compared to the prior year, with outstanding results in both of our reportable segments. The Industrial
Products Group achieved its eighth consecutive quarter of increased operating margins to 11.3 percent (as adjusted to exclude the impact of impairment charges, expenses for profit improvement initiatives and other items), sustaining its great progress toward our goal of 14 percent by 2014. The Engineered Products Group also delivered outstanding
growth, doubling operating income in the first quarter of 2011, compared with the same period of 2010.

"The Company is well-positioned for continued organic growth. We continue to invest resources in our manufacturing facilities and are expanding our presence in key emerging markets and attractive end markets such as energy, medical, environmental and food and beverage. Furthermore, we continue to make progress on growing aftermarket revenues, with a particular focus on key end markets such as energy and infrastructure and expanding our service capabilities worldwide, as evidenced by our decision to invest in a new world class aftermarket facility for petroleum pumps in Fort Worth, Texas."

Mr. Pennypacker continued, "In the first quarter of 2011, cash provided by operating activities was more than $47 million, compared to $27 million in the same period of 2010. We invested $8.0 million in capital expenditures in the first three months of 2011, with a focus on increasing production output to meet strong demand from our customers and reducing costs. We anticipate total capital expenditures will be approximately $45 million in 2011, reflecting continued investments in growth initiatives and margin expansion projects on the shop floor. Our balance sheet and cash
generation remains strong, and we will continue to be selective in our acquisitions if the appropriate opportunities become available."

Other Corporate Developments

Gardner Denver also announced today that it has reached an agreement with the minority shareholders of its two joint ventures in China, Shanghai CompAir Compressor Co. Ltd. ("SCCC") and Shanghai CompAir-Dalong High Pressure Equipment Co. Ltd. ("SCDL"), to acquire all of their equity interests in the joint ventures. The noncontrolling interests held by the minority shareholders of SCCC and SCDL are 49 percent and 40 percent, respectively, of the outstanding share capital of the entities. The purchase price for the noncontrolling interests is RMB 122 million (approximately
$18.7 million) and will be paid with Gardner Denver's existing cash on hand in China.

Gardner Denver is currently the majority shareholder of the two joint ventures and includes their total results in the Company's consolidated financial statements, with a reduction to net income attributable to Gardner Denver for the earnings attributable to the noncontrolling interests. The transaction is expected to increase DEPS attributable to Gardner Denver common stockholders in the second half of 2011 by approximately $0.02.

The transaction remains subject to various regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2011.

In addition, Gardner Denver announced during the first quarter of 2011 that it had issued notice to redeem all $125.0 million in the aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 8% senior subordinated notes due 2013 (the "Notes"). The Notes will be redeemed on May 2, 2011 at a redemption price equal to 100 percent of the principal amount thereof, plus accrued and unpaid interest. The Company plans to finance the redemption using available cash and borrowings under its revolving credit facility.

Outlook

Mr. Pennypacker stated, "For the remainder of 2011, we expect that capacity utilization will continue to improve gradually, which will drive demand for the products and services of our Industrial Products Group, particularly replacement opportunities. As capacity utilization grows, we are optimistic that we will see expansion of customer
plants that will drive demand for the Industrial Products Group's compressors and vacuum products.

"Our backlog for the Engineered Products segment has improved in the past two quarters, giving us better visibility into the demand for the balance of 2011. We anticipate demand for well servicing pumps and aftermarket fluid ends to remain strong in 2011, compared to 2010, and we are continuing to invest in production capacity to meet these growing requirements. We are expecting a stable rig count for the remainder of 2011 and shipments of drilling pumps to remain steady."

Mr. Pennypacker stated, "Based on this economic outlook, our existing backlog and productivity improvement plans, we are projecting the second quarter 2011 DEPS attributable to Gardner Denver to be in a range of $1.10 to $1.15 and are raising our full-year 2011 DEPS range to $4.50 to $4.60. This projection includes profit improvement costs and other items totaling $0.05 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2011 and $0.10 per diluted share for the full-year 2011. Second quarter 2011 DEPS attributable to Gardner Denver, adjusted to exclude profit improvement costs and
other items, are expected to be in a range of $1.15 to $1.20. The midpoint of the adjusted DEPS range for the second quarter of 2011 ($1.18) represents a 62 percent increase over the same period of 2010. Full-year 2011 DEPS attributable to Gardner Denver, adjusted to exclude profit improvement costs and other items, are expected to be in a range of $4.60 to $4.70. The midpoint of the new adjusted DEPS range for the full-year 2011 ($4.65) represents a 37 percent increase over 2010 results and a 13 percent increase from the full-year 2011 guidance previously issued.

"The Company's DEPS guidance is inclusive of the accretion expected from the acquisition of the noncontrolling equity interests in the Company's joint ventures in China as well as reduced interest expense resulting from the redemption of the Company's Notes. The effective tax rate assumed in the DEPS guidance for 2011 is 28 percent."

First Quarter Results

Revenues increased $109.7 million (26 percent) to $531.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, compared to the same period of 2010. Organically, order and revenue growth were 24 percent and 23 percent, respectively, in the first quarter of 2011, compared to the prior year period.

Orders and revenues for the Industrial Products segment both increased 16 percent in the first quarter, compared to the same period of 2010, reflecting on-going improvement in demand for OEM products, compressors and aftermarket parts and services. The segment experienced double-digit growth in each of the major regions of the world, with particular strength in the Americas and Asia. In the first quarter of 2011, favorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates increased orders and revenues for the Industrial Products segment by 2 percent. Organically, this segment generated
order and revenue growth of 14 percent in the first quarter of 2011, compared to the prior year period. See "Selected Financial Data Schedule" at the end of this press release.

Engineered Products segment orders and revenues increased 39 percent and 40 percent, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2011, compared to the same period of 2010, reflecting strong demand for drilling and well servicing pumps and medical OEM products. In the first quarter of 2011, favorable changes in foreign currency
exchange rates increased orders and revenues for the Engineered Products segment by 1 percent. The ILMVAC acquisition, completed in the third quarter of 2010, increased orders and revenues by 2 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Organically, this segment generated both order and revenue growth of 36 percent in the first quarter of
2011, compared to the prior year period. See "Selected Financial Data Schedule" at the end of this press release.

Gross profit increased $50.6 million (38 percent) to $184.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, compared to the same period of 2010, primarily as a result of volume improvements, favorable product mix, cost reductions and favorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Gross margin increased to 34.7 percent in the
three months ended March 31, 2011, from 31.7 percent in the same period of 2010. The increase in gross margin was due to the benefits of operational improvements, cost reductions, volume leverage and favorable product mix.

Selling and administrative expenses increased $8.3 million to $96.0 million in the three-month period ended March 31, 2011, compared to the same period of 2010, primarily due to increases in compensation and benefit expenses and unfavorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates ($1.2 million), partially offset by cost reductions. The
ILMVAC acquisition, completed in the third quarter of 2010, added $1.0 million to selling and administrative expenses in the first quarter of 2011. As a percentage of revenues, selling and administrative expenses improved 270 basis points to 18.1 percent for the three-month period ended March 31, 2011, compared to the same period of 2010.

Depreciation and amortization expense was $14.9 million for the three-month period of 2011 and $15.6 million in the three-month period of 2010.

Operating income, as adjusted to exclude the net impact of expenses incurred for profit improvement initiatives and other items ($1.7 million) ("Adjusted Operating Income") for the three-month period ended March 31, 2011 was $88.5 million, compared to $48.5 million in the prior year period. Adjusted Operating Income as a percentage of revenues
improved to 16.6 percent from 11.5 percent in the three-month period of 2010. DEPS attributable to Gardner Denver, as adjusted for the impact of profit improvement costs and other items ("Adjusted DEPS") for the three-month period ended March 31, 2011, were $1.15, compared to $0.62 in the three-month period of 2010. Adjusted Operating Income,
on a consolidated and segment basis and Adjusted DEPS are both financial measures that are not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. ("GAAP"). See "Reconciliation of Operating Income and DEPS to Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted DEPS" at the end of this press release. Gardner Denver believes the non-
GAAP financial measures of Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted DEPS provide important supplemental information to both management and investors regarding financial and business trends used in assessing its results of operations. Gardner Denver believes excluding the specified items from operating income and DEPS provides a more
meaningful comparison to the corresponding reported periods and internal budgets and forecasts, assists investors in performing analysis that is consistent with financial models developed by investors and research analysts, provides management with a more relevant measurement of operating performance and is more useful in assessing management
performance.

Adjusted Operating Income for the Industrial Products segment in the first quarter of 2011 was $32.2 million and segment Adjusted Operating Income as a percentage of revenues was 11.3 percent. By comparison, Adjusted Operating Income for the Industrial Products segment was $20.5 million, or 8.3 percent of revenues, in the three-month period of 2010. Segment operating income(1) and segment operating margin(1), as reported under GAAP, for the Industrial Products segment for the three months ended March 31, 2011 were $30.8 million and 10.8 percent, respectively. Segment operating income (1) and segment operating margin(1) for the Industrial Products segment, as reported under GAAP, for the three months ended March 31, 2010 were $19.6 million and 7.9 percent of revenues, respectively. The improvement in Adjusted Operating Income for this segment was primarily attributable to incremental profit on revenue growth and cost reductions. See the "Selected Financial Data Schedule" and the "Reconciliation of Operating Income and DEPS to Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted DEPS" at the end of this press release.

Adjusted Operating Income for the Engineered Products segment for the first quarter of 2011 was $56.3 million and segment Adjusted Operating Income as a percentage of revenues was 22.9 percent. Adjusted Operating Income for the Engineered Products segment in the three-month period of 2010 was $28.0 million, or 16.0 percent of revenues. Segment operating income(1), as reported under GAAP, for the Engineered Products segment for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was $56.0 million and segment operating margin(1) was 22.8 percent, compared to $27.9 million and
15.9 percent, respectively, in the same period of 2010. The improvement in Adjusted Operating Income for this segment was primarily attributable to incremental profitability on revenue growth, favorable product mix and cost reductions. See the "Selected Financial Data Schedule" and the "Reconciliation of Operating Income and DEPS to Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted DEPS" at the end of this press release.

The provision for income taxes for the three months ended March 31, 2011 increased $12.8 million to $22.5 million, compared to the same period of 2010. The effective tax rates for the three-month periods of 2011 and 2010 were 27 percent and 23 percent, respectively.

Net income attributable to Gardner Denver for the three months ended March 31, 2011 increased $27.5 million to $59.5 million, compared to $32.0 million in the same period of 2010. Diluted earnings per share attributable to Gardner Denver for the three months ended March 31, 2011 were $1.13, compared to $0.61 for the same period of the previous
year.

Comparisons of the financial results for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2011 and 2010 follow.

Gardner Denver will broadcast a conference call to discuss results for the first quarter of 2011 on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time through a live webcast. This free webcast will be available in listen-only mode and can
be accessed, for up to ninety days following the call, through the Investor Center on the Gardner Denver website at www.GardnerDenver.com or through Thomson StreetEvents at www.earnings.com.

Gardner Denver, Inc., with 2010 revenues of approximately $1.9 billion, is a leading worldwide manufacturer of highly engineered products, including compressors, liquid ring pumps and blowers for various industrial, medical, environmental, transportation and process applications, pumps used in the petroleum and industrial market segments
and other fluid transfer equipment, such as loading arms and dry break couplers, serving chemical, petroleum and food industries. Gardner Denver's news releases are available by visiting the Investors section on the Company's website (www.GardnerDenver.com).

Contact: Michael M. Larsen

Vice President and CFO

(610) 249-2002

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