Approval of the Nikon takeover bid prospectus by the Belgian Banking, Finance and Insurance Commission ("BFIC")

June 24, 2009

Tokyo, June 24, 2009 – On June 23, 2009, the BFIC approved the prospectus relating to the takeover bid by NIMD SPRL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nikon Corporation ("Nikon") for all outstanding shares and warrants of Metris NV.

The acceptance period for the takeover bid will start on June 24 2009 and will end on July 22 2009 (inclusive). The prospectus including the acceptance form will be available as from June 24 2009 on the internet websites of Nikon ( and Fortis Bank ( and can also be requested as from the same date by telephone at no cost at +32 2 4334032 (French) and +32 2 4334031 (Dutch). The results of the takeover bid will be published within five working days following the end of the acceptance period.

Nikon has carved out a place as a pioneer of optical technology in Japan and the world since its inception in 1917. Today, Nikon commands a high global standing in the manufacture and sale of camera-related products, such as digital cameras, as well as binoculars and other optical products for consumers, such as ophthalmic lenses. These items complement Nikon's diverse array of industrial precision equipment that includes semiconductor-related equipment, IC and LCD steppers and scanners, microscopes and measuring instruments.
Additional information about Nikon Corporation is available at
About Metris
Metris (Euronext — MTRS) designs, develops and markets a unique range of 3D hardware and software inspection systems servicing design and manufacturing industries.
The company's reliable and innovative metrology solutions cover the full range of measurement volumes required by automotive and aerospace customers, in both fixed and portable configurations and with optical and touch sensors.
Metris Headquarters are based in Leuven, Belgium, with additional production and development centers in Belgium, UK, Italy, US, Canada and China. Metris provides a worldwide network of sales and support offices located in Europe, Asia, and North-America. Additional information about Metris is available at

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