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Thursday 30 September, 2004

Ennstone PLC

Offer Update

Ennstone PLC
30 September 2004


                            ENNSTONE PLC ("ENNSTONE")
               OFFER ("OFFER") FOR JOHNSTON GROUP PLC ("JOHNSTON")
                                  - OFFER UPDATE

                NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN OR
               INTO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, JAPAN OR
                             THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Ennstone notes the announcement by the Office of Fair Trading regarding the
decision  to refer the offer by Anglo American plc ("Anglo") for Johnston to the
Competition  Commission and subsequent announcement earlier today by Anglo
lapsing its offer for Johnston. Ennstone's Offer for Johnston remains open and
a further announcement will  be made regarding the Extraordinary General
Meetings postponed from 1 September 2004  in due course.

This announcement, which is the sole responsibility of Ennstone, has been
approved by Altium Capital solely for the purpose of Section 21 of the
Financial Services and  Markets Act 2000.

Altium Capital, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the
Financial Services Authority, is acting exclusively for Ennstone as financial
adviser  within the meaning of the Rules of the Financial Services Authority)and
no-one else  in connection with the Offer and is not advising any other person
or treating any  other person as its client in relation thereto and will not be
responsible to anyone  other than Ennstone for providing the protections
afforded to clients of Altium Capital  or for providing advice in relation to
the Offer, the contents of this announcement or  any other matters referred to
herein.

Enquiries:

Ennstone plc
Vaughan McLeod                                             01332 694444

Altium Capital Limited
Phil Adams/Paul Lines                                      0161 831 9133

College Hill    
Mark Garraway/Matthew Gregorowski                          0207 457 2020




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