SL Industries, Inc. Announces Plans to Acquire Ault Incorporated

    MT. LAUREL, N.J., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SL INDUSTRIES, INC.
 (Amex & PHLX: SLI) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement
 to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Ault Incorporated
 (Nasdaq:   AULT) (approximately 4,861,000 shares) for $2.90 per share in cash.
     Under the terms of the definitive agreement, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
 SL Industries will commence a cash tender offer to acquire all of Ault's
 outstanding shares of common stock.  Upon completion of the tender offer, SL
 Industries will effect a merger between this subsidiary and Ault in which the
 remaining Ault shareholders will receive $2.90 per share in cash.  In
 addition, SL Industries will cash out Ault stock options with an exercise
 price of less than $2.90 per share and all other outstanding options will be
 canceled.  The board of directors of Ault has unanimously approved the
 acquisition and has voted to recommend that Ault's shareholders accept the
 tender offer and tender their Ault shares.  Following the merger, Ault will
 become a wholly-owned subsidiary of SL Industries.  SL Industries expects to
 commence the tender offer on or before December 23, 2005.
     Ault has agreed not to seek or solicit other offers or proposals to
 acquire Ault, or to furnish any non-public information or engage in
 discussions or negotiations in connection therewith, except under certain
 limited circumstances.  Ault has also agreed to pay a break-up fee of $750,000
 and to reimburse SL Industries' expenses up to $500,000 if this transaction is
 not consummated under certain circumstances.
     The consummation of the transaction is subject to certain conditions,
 including the valid tender in the tender offer of at least a majority of the
 outstanding shares of common stock of Ault excluding shares held by SL
 Industries.
     Commenting on the transaction, James Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of SL
 Industries, said: "We are very excited about Ault becoming part of the SL
 Industries Power Electronics Group.  Ault's broad customer base, presence in
 the Asian market and complementary product lines have tremendous strategic
 potential.  The combination of the Condor and Ault product lines will create
 the premier power supply resource for the medical and other markets."
 
     NOTICE TO INVESTORS
     This announcement is for informational purposes only and is neither an
 offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell securities.  The
 tender offer for the outstanding shares of Ault common stock described in this
 announcement has not commenced.  At the time the offer is commenced, SL
 Industries' wholly owned subsidiary will file a tender offer statement with
 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Ault will file a
 solicitation and recommendation statement with respect to the offer.  The
 tender offer statement (including an offer to purchase, a related letter of
 transmittal and other offer documents) and the solicitation/recommendation
 statement will contain important information that should be read carefully
 before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer.  Those materials
 will be made available to Ault's security holders at no expense to them. In
 addition, all of those materials (and all other offer documents filed with the
 SEC) will be available at no charge on the SEC's web site (http://www.sec.gov)
 or from Morrow & Co., Inc. by calling 203-658-9400 or by email to
 Ault.info@morrowco.com.
 
     ABOUT SL INDUSTRIES
     SL Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets power electronics,
 power motion, power protection, teleprotection and communications equipment
 and systems that is used in a variety of medical, aerospace, computer,
 datacom, industrial, telecom, transportation and electric power utility
 equipment applications. For more information about SL Industries, Inc. and its
 products, please visit SL Industries' web site at http://www.slindustries.com.
 
     ABOUT AULT
     Ault is a leading manufacturer of power conversion products and is a major
 supplier to original equipment manufacturers of wireless and wire line
 communications infrastructure, computer peripherals and handheld devices,
 medical equipment, industrial equipment and printing/scanning equipment.
 
 

SOURCE SL Industries, Inc.

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