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Tuesday 13 June, 2006

Oxford Instruments

Final Results

Oxford Instruments PLC
13 June 2006


13 June 2006


                             Oxford Instruments plc
                                        
        Announcement of preliminary results for the year to 31 March 2006
                                        

Oxford Instruments plc, a leading provider of high technology tools and systems
for industry and research, today announced its preliminary results for the year
to 31 March 2006:


   •Orders and revenue of the underlying businesses*, including acquisitions,
    were £159.9 million (2005 £136.9 million) and £153.8 million (2005 £135.6
    million) respectively; orders were up 16.8% and revenue up 13.4%;


   •Trading profit of the underlying businesses*, before non-recurring items
    and intangible amortisation, was £6.9 million (2005 £9.1 million);


   •£3.3 million cash was spent on the product development investment
    initiative announced in June 2005, and of this £0.6 million was capitalised;


   •Underlying trading profit, after adjusting for the extra £2.7 million
    development costs charged to revenue, was £9.6 million, up £0.5 million on
    the previous year;


   •Out of the accelerated new product development programme two potentially
    significant new generation products were launched and early customer
    response has been very encouraging;


   •The loss making UK magnet business was restructured and a new combined
    NanoScience business created, involving restructuring costs of £6.6 million
    and the expectation of improving trading profit by at least £3.0 million in
    2007;


   •The pre-tax loss of £0.9 million (2005 profit £0.1 million) reflected the
    implementation of strategic actions to reposition the Group for growth;


   •Continuing basic earnings per share were a loss of 7.2p (2005 loss 3.0p);
    adjusted basic earnings per share** were 9.1p (2005 13.9p); an unchanged
    final dividend of 6.0p per share is recommended;


   • Net cash at 31 March 2006 was £9.8 million (2005 £26.5 million).


*  Group businesses excluding the restructured magnet business

** Before other operating income, amortisation of acquired intangibles,
   restructuring and other non-recurring costs, the trading loss of the
   restructured magnet business and discontinued operations


Nigel Keen, Chairman of Oxford Instruments plc, said: "Although much remains to
be done, we have made important progress in repositioning the Group towards
future growth markets by concentrating on tools and systems that enable
customers to use our products to transform the Nanoscience they undertake into
the Nanotechnology we all use.


"Trading in the first two months of the year is on track. We are now set on a
path which will provide significant opportunities to grow the business and
thereby increase value for our shareholders."


Enquiries:  Oxford Instruments plc          Tel: 01865 881437  Fax: 01865 884045
            Jonathan Flint, Chief Executive
            Martin Lamaison, Financial Director


            Hogarth Partnership Limited    Tel: 020 7357 9477 Fax: 020 7357 8533
            Andrew Jaques/Anthony Arthur


For further copies of this announcement please contact Lynn Shepherd at the
Company's registered office at Old Station Way, Eynsham, Witney, Oxon OX29 4TL
(email: lynn.shepherd@oxinst.co.uk).


Chairman's Statement


We are implementing the Strategy that Jonathan Flint and I outlined last year at
the time of his appointment as Chief Executive. Jonathan reports in more detail
on the evolution of this Strategy. Although much remains to be done, we have
made important progress in repositioning the Group towards future growth markets
by concentrating on tools and systems that enable customers to use our products
to transform the Nanoscience they undertake into the Nanotechnology we all use.


Group trading profit of the underlying business, before non-recurring items and
intangible amortisation, was £6.9 million. This was after charging £2.7 million
arising from the planned product development investment initiative announced in
June 2005. Before this expenditure, trading profit was £9.6 million, up £0.5
million on the previous year. The Group's Income Statement shows the results for
the year split between the part of the magnet business where we have ceased
volume manufacture (the restructured magnet business) and the remaining business
(the underlying business). This shows the effect of the actions we have taken
and announced. Group revenue of the underlying business for the year to 31 March
2006 was £153.8 million, £18.2 million (13.4%) higher than the previous year.
Our recent acquisitions, Metorex International, Resonance Instruments and HKL
Technologies, have all contributed to this year's performance.


Revenue of the restructured magnet business in the year was £13.4 million (2005
£19.2 million) and its trading loss increased to £2.5 million (2005 £1.7
million). The restructuring of this business, which will avoid a continuation of
these losses, involved non-recurring costs of £6.6 million, mainly redundancies,
moving costs and stock write offs. The provisions against stock, including
cancelled new product developments and end of line supplier commitments, are
higher than anticipated at the time of the February announcement. Additionally,
costs have been provided for on site work required to meet customer
specification requirements in the bespoke magnet business. Other income of £2.0
million, from disposals of minority interests and a surplus property, has
partially offset these non-recurring costs.


After net financial expenditure of £0.4 million the Group made a loss before
income tax of £0.9 million (2005 profit £0.1 million) from the combined results
of the underlying business and the restructured magnet business.


Within Analytical the trading profit, before non-recurring items and intangible
amortisation, decreased to £6.0 million from £6.4 million. Although our
NanoAnalysis (formerly Microanalysis) and Industrial Analysis businesses
continued to move ahead, showing the sixth successive year of profit growth, the
trading performance of our Plasma Technology business was impacted by market
pricing pressures although these appear to have now eased. The X-ray Technology
business again produced growth in revenue and trading profit, driven by the
continuing buoyancy of the market for environmental monitoring tools.


In Superconductivity the underlying business made a trading profit, before
non-recurring items and intangible amortisation, of £0.9 million. After adding
back the planned increase in product development expenditure of £2.5 million the
adjusted trading profit of £3.4 million was £0.7 million higher than last year.
In February 2006 we decided to cease the volume manufacture of NMR and ICR
magnets as a product range and to integrate the NMR magnet skills and technology
with the Physical Science bespoke superconducting magnets and cryogenics
business based at Tubney Woods, renaming the combined business, Oxford
Instruments NanoScience. This restructuring is expected to improve the
Superconductivity trading profit next year by at least £3.0 million and will
allow greater clarity of the results of the rest of the Group. The NanoScience
business, now under new management, will continue to offer the scientific
community a range of novel bespoke magnets and cryogenics but at the same time
will seek to secure a proper reward for the technical risks involved. Our
Superconducting Wire business in the USA continues to perform well and achieved
7% growth in wire sales.


Good results were achieved from the extra £3.3 million cash spent during the
year on incremental product development under the sponsorship of our Oxford
Instruments Innovation group. Two potentially significant new products were
launched and early customer response has been very encouraging.



Basic earnings per share for the continuing business were a loss of 7.2 pence
(2005 loss 3.0 pence). Basic adjusted earnings per share (defined as earnings
per share for the underlying business, before other operating income,
non-recurring items and intangible amortisation) were 9.1 pence (2005 13.9
pence). The Board recommends a final dividend of 6.0 pence, making the total
dividend of 8.4p for the year, unchanged from last year excluding the special
dividend of 25p paid in March 2005. Net cash at 31 March 2006 was £9.8 million
(2005 £26.5 million).


We have a talented and enthusiastic workforce and I would like to thank all of
them for their positive response to the new strategy and the resulting changes,
and for delivering a creditable improvement in performance in the year.


During the year Charles Holroyd and Steve Parker joined the Board as Executive
Directors. They both have functional worldwide responsibilities in addition to
their business responsibilities for certain parts of the Group. We announced in
May that Martin Lamaison will retire as Group Financial Director with effect
from 7 August 2006 and that Kevin Boyd, currently Group Finance Director of
Radstone Technology plc, will succeed him. I would like to thank Martin for his
outstanding contribution to Oxford Instruments over the years. We are delighted
with the appointment of Kevin and believe that his wide ranging business
experience will be an asset to the Group as it continues to evolve and grow.


Trading in the first two months of the year is on track. We are now set on a
path which will provide significant opportunities to grow the business and
thereby increase value for our shareholders.


Nigel Keen Chairman

13 June 2006


Chief Executive's Review


I have been Chief Executive of Oxford Instruments for a year now and we have
made good progress in reinventing the Group. Last year I outlined our new
strategy based around our core skills of a deep understanding of matter at the
atomic and molecular level. This strategy simultaneously provides a unified
theme for all parts of Oxford Instruments and defines the markets in which the
Group seeks to grow. Growth is a key element of our strategy, as through growth
we can achieve the scale necessary to stay at the forefront of our chosen
technological areas.


The key elements of the strategy this year have been:


   •To move the business from a technology led, to a customer focused
    business


   •To move towards a systems and solutions orientated company


   •To aggressively move into new markets and launch new products


   •To move the business towards a single integrated entity


   •To control costs through technology, process and organisation



Each of these key elements of the strategy has progressed during the first year,
though in some areas there remains much more to be done.


Focus on the customer - Our new 'voice of the customer' initiative has been
rolled out across the company. This ensures that customer feedback informs our
new product development. Steve Parker was appointed to the Board of Oxford
Instruments plc in November and he has taken on specific responsibility for
leading the customer focus drive across the business. Encouragingly we have seen
a growth in service revenues over the last year of 8%. This provides a stable
long-term high quality revenue stream for the business. As our new products
become established in the installed base, there are opportunities to grow this
type of business further.


Total solutions - We are recruiting applications engineers into the business and
we are increasingly able to offer complete solutions to our customers. We have
set up a new applications laboratory in Oxfordshire for our growing Molecular
Biotools business. This laboratory, together with our existing network of seven
worldwide application laboratories, enable end users to interact directly with
our products and specialists, seeing for themselves the capability of Oxford
Instruments tools.


New products and markets - The Oxford Instruments Innovation Group is doing well
in identifying and developing radical new products, which will fuel the growth
of the business. In particular, the launch of 'HyperSense' DNP system has
generated huge customer interest. HyperSense has the potential to revolutionise
many NMR applications. The research community is particularly excited. Prof
Geoffrey Hawkes, Professor in Physical Organic Chemistry, Queen Mary, University
of London said "The sensitivity enhancements achievable in nuclear magnetic
resonance (NMR) spectroscopy through the use of HyperSense are now well
established, and at Queen Mary we are engaged in exploiting this sensitivity
gain in applications which have great potential to the pharmaceutical industry
for drug related research, and applications for biocompatible implant 
material". The first three units of this product have been delivered to 
customers.


Two further new products were developed during the year. The first of these,
'Flexal' was launched in May 2006. 'Flexal' is the first of a range of tools
which use Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) to fabricate one atom thick layers for
customers in the electronics, semiconductor and optics industries. The second of
these new tools will be launched later this year.


Single Entity - A unified organisational structure has now been implemented
throughout the Group. I have created a central senior management team, all of
whom have functional groupwide responsibilities. The business streams have been
reorganised to provide a greater business focus on markets and customer groups.
This has encouraged a 'one company' culture and at the same time created new
management opportunities for our best people. Common technological themes can
rapidly be shared between the business and duplication of costs and process has
been reduced.


Cost base - We continued to work on the reduction of our cost base. In November
Charles Holroyd was appointed to the Board with specific responsibility for
improving operational efficiency. Our two Oxford based sites have been
consolidated into a single facility at Tubney Woods, which will yield
significant ongoing savings. At the same time we have ceased production of our
loss making volume magnet product lines. In addition we have moved the
production of several of our product ranges to our low cost manufacturing
facility in Shanghai.


On the back of these initiatives orders and revenue of the continuing business
in the year rose by 16.8% and 13.4% respectively and trading profit, after
adding back the increased new product development spend announced last year, is
up by 5%. The action taken to close down the loss making undifferentiated magnet
product lines together with site consolidation and further use of our low cost
production facilities means that the way is now clear for sustained margin
improvement.


Over the next few years we intend to continue to drive our business through the
implementation of our strategy to develop new generation tools for the
nanotechnology and bioscience industries. This will result in increased revenue,
arising from both organic and acquisitive growth. Over the next five years I
have targeted a doubling in turnover, and this revenue growth, coupled with cost
reduction, should enable us to increase the return on sales by 10% of sales
revenue over the same period.


The Group has in place a risk management and mitigation approach which aims to
ensure our medium term objectives set out above are achievable. The key risks
which we address include competitive risks (pricing, new product introduction,
acquisition prospects); technical risks (new product development, new
technology); and commercial risks (fixed price technically demanding contracts,
foreign exchange and commodity price movements, key customers and suppliers).


Our increased R & D spend will enable us to generate radical new products which
will enable existing and new customers to turn Nanoscience into Nanotechnology.
Our new NanoScience business will operate at the very cutting edge of
technology. At any time we will have a few one-off magnet contracts where the
technical achievements to meet customer specification are challenging, but we
have put enhanced controls in place to manage these contracts. The NanoScience
business also exposes potential future customers to our products during their
years in higher education. At the moment our Analytical businesses have a number
of high quality tools operating in distinct markets. We have identified
significant latent demand if we could offer a more comprehensive tool capability
which unifies these currently separate markets. Our strategy is to develop, and
in some cases acquire, tools to fill in any capability gaps. This will enable us
to offer a complete spectrum of analytical tools to our nanoscience and
bioscience customers.


Our growth strategy will enable us to remain at the forefront of the business of
science and enable our shareholders to benefit from Oxford Instruments
world-renowned technical capability.


This is an exciting time for all of us at Oxford Instruments. Our new strategy
provides the engine which can deliver these growth targets and I am looking
forward to making it happen.


Jonathan Flint Chief Executive

13 June 2006



Performance Review


Analytical

Orders and revenue for the year were £85.5 million (2005 £67.9 million) and
£80.7 million (2005 £68.8 million) respectively. Trading profit, before
non-recurring items and intangible amortisation, was £6.0 million (2005 £6.4
million).


During the year steps were taken to introduce a more market-focused structure
within our Industrial Analysis (formerly Industrial Products) and NanoAnalysis
(formerly Microanalysis) businesses in order to be more responsive to customer
needs and to reach into new markets. Separate sales, service and product
development teams have been established within each business but both continue
to share all other functions. New sales and distribution offices have been set
up in Russia and India.


Our Industrial Analysis business has benefited immediately from these actions
and revenue grew strongly in the second half. Metorex, acquired in September
2004, continued its excellent performance and has benefited from access to the
existing Analytical global sales and distribution network. We introduced new
products for environmental monitoring during the year for compliance testing
under the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation and for soil
analysis. At the end of March our isotope based 'Horizon' product was relaunched
in France for use in measuring lead in paint. The introduction of
environmentally friendly low sulphur fuels with differing sulphur concentrations
means that a wide range of customers now require simple, "on the spot" sulphur
analysis to certify that the fuel being used at a particular location conforms
to an agreed specification. Industrial Analysis has now introduced its latest
generation Lab-X instrument to offer sulphur analysis 'outside of the
laboratory' to any location in the fuel supply chain.


We have now transferred the full range of our hand held coating measurements
gauges from Chicago to our low cost facility in Shanghai, as well as the larger
benchtop CMI 900 instrument used in the same marketplace, when higher precision
is required. A project management team has been tasked with the rapid transfer
to China of several other products currently made in the UK and USA.


The market for our NanoAnalysis business, providing analytical instruments for
electron microscopes, remained steady. With the acquisition of HKL Technology in
April 2005, the product portfolio has been significantly enhanced with the
addition of the 'best in class' EBSD (electron backscatter diffraction) system.
Following the successful integration of the HKL EBSD system with our existing
market leading EDS (energy dispersive spectroscopy) platform and our WDS (wave
length dispersive spectroscopy) systems, we now offer the best combination of
elemental analysis systems in the market for use with electron microscopes. The
second half of the year showed good growth as the new management structure
allowed the NanoAnalysis team to focus better on their customers' needs.
NanoAnalysis margins and profit remained strong throughout the year. Our greater
focus on NanoAnalysis applications, as reflected in our decision to change the
name of this business from Microanalysis, has also allowed the business to take
advantage of the emerging nanotechnology markets and in particular to address
the nanocharacterisation sector.


Although down on the previous year, our Plasma Technology business was
profitable in the year. There was no significant upturn in the compound
semiconductor market. However the market for high brightness light emitting
diodes (LEDs) continues to grow with widespread utilisation already being seen
in the automotive industry. These products are very energy efficient which is
expected to lead to increasing use in the domestic and other lighting markets.
Reflecting this, we received orders from eight new customers in this sector
during the year.


A vigorous programme of product introduction based on extensive customer
research is now being reflected in new Plasma Technology product launches. In
particular we have successfully installed beta sites for our new 'Plasma
Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition' (PEALD) product. Initial customer reaction has
been positive with sales enquiries already active. The PEALD product offers the
ability to deposit nano-scale thin films of material in the creation of
nanostructures for new generation semiconductor, micro mechanical and optical
devices and in new surface treatments. New nanofabrication tools will be
launched in a few months and will be used for the controlled, repeatable growth
of nanotubes and nanowires from carbon, silicon and other materials. These are
expected to form the basis of a whole new generation of electronic devices for
use in solar cells, display technology and nanowire transistors as well as a
range of materials science applications.


Our X-ray Technology business produced another year of revenue and profit
growth. Following several years of growth for its low power X-Ray sources,
driven in large part by new environmental legislation, the business is
increasing its manufacturing capacity and moving to larger premises in the
Scotts Valley area of California. The business now has a dominant market share
in the RoHS market segment and is seeing new growth from the ultra-low sulphur
market. In recognition of our leading position in low form factor X-ray tubes,
we have been awarded a US$1.1 million development contract from NASA to develop
an X-ray tube for use in space.



Superconductivity

Orders and revenue for the underlying business for the year were £74.4 million
(2005 £69.0 million) and £73.1 million (2005 £66.8 million) respectively.
Trading profit of the underlying business, before non-recurring items and
intangible amortisation, was £0.9 million (2005 £2.7 million).


The market for bespoke superconducting magnets and cryogenic equipment picked up
as the year progressed and orders were strong in the second half. However
towards the end of the year it became clear that radical restructuring of our
NMR magnet activity was needed reflecting the future intention of one of our
major customers to source increasingly from its own recently acquired magnet
manufacturing factory. In February 2006 we announced we would discontinue volume
production of undifferentiated magnets for OEM customers, close our
manufacturing facility in Eynsham, Oxfordshire and consolidate all our magnet
and cryogenic activity at our nearby Tubney Woods facility. At the same time a
new managing director was appointed to the merged business, now known as Oxford
Instruments NanoScience. These moves will greatly strengthen the ongoing
business.


The Molecular Biotools business was formed in April 2004 within the UK
Superconductivity business. It was created to exploit the technology licensed
exclusively from GE Healthcare to develop the world's first commercial Dynamic
Nuclear Polarization technique (DNP). The use of DNP in conjunction with
conventional liquid state NMR provides an information rich technique that cannot
easily be achieved with conventional NMR instrumentation alone. The information
thus generated will help researchers understand the structure and function of
molecules that play a vital role in biochemical pathways. This will assist in
the field of life science and drug discovery. The first major product to be
developed, 'HyperSense', was officially launched at the annual ENC (Experimental
NMR Conference) tradeshow in April 2006. Several beta sites have been
successfully installed and are generating exciting new information. We now have
five collaboration programmes with major academic institutes. Ahead of forecasts
we have now taken three orders in addition to our beta site installations. A
state of the art DNP-NMR applications facility has now been set up at the Tubney
Woods site to develop analytical protocols, to run customer samples and to
generate novel applications in biomolecular analysis.


Within Molecular Biotools the Resonance Instruments business, acquired in
September 2004, had a good year and showed growth in both revenue and trading
profit. A new bench top NMR instrument 'MQC' for quality analysis and control
for food and chemical manufacture was launched in April 2006. This product has
been well received and is now in production.


Superconducting wire revenue continued to grow, with reduced demand from within
the Group more than offset by increased third party customer requirements. This
reflected growth in the market for hospital MRI magnets, but the profitability
of the business was adversely affected by sales price erosion and rising raw
material prices, particularly copper. The International Thermonuclear Energy
Reactor (ITER) project, an internationally backed programme aimed at generating
huge quantities of power, will provide an opportunity for significant additional
wire volumes in the coming years, both directly and in collaboration with other
worldwide producers. We have supplied materials under the qualification
programme and have met the required specification. For about five years this
programme will significantly increase the amount of superconducting wire
produced worldwide. We are finalising our plans to invest in new plant to
support this activity and the rest of the wire business.


The MRI magnet service business revenue grew during the year reflecting the
steady growth of the installed base in both American and Japanese hospitals. As
the organisation grows in both countries it is able to offer an increasingly
attractive service to its customers. The USA maintenance support contract with
Siemens was renegotiated and extended.


The Austin Scientific cryogenic pump and compressor business had an excellent
year with growth in both revenue and profits. Additionally there was a better
revenue balance between the US domestic and international markets.


Acquisitions, disposals and discontinued businesses

In April 2005 the Group acquired the share capital of HKL Technologies A/S,
based in Hobro, Denmark. A total cash consideration of £2.1 million was paid
during the year with a further estimated £0.3 million due to be paid based on
the level of post acquisition sales revenue growth. HKL is a supplier of
electron backscatter diffraction devices used in conjunction with electron
microscopes. The revenue of HKL in the year was £1.8 million on which it made a
small contribution to trading profit of £0.1 million.


The minority investments in Target Systemelectronic GmbH and Target Instruments
Inc were sold in March 2006 for £2.2 million as was a small part of the minority
holding in ARKeX Limited realising £0.1 million. In addition, the surplus
property in Oak Ridge, Tennessee was sold in March 2006 for £0.6 million. The
combined profit on these transactions of £2.0 million is shown in other income.


The Group's Medical business was sold to VIASYS Healthcare Inc. on 1 March 2005
and has been treated as a discontinued business in the prior year results.



Investment in research and development (R&D)

The total cash spent on research and development by the underlying business in
the year was £12.3 million, up £3.2 million on the prior year. This was made up
as follows:

                                                            2006         2005
                                                         £ million    £ million
                                                        ----------   ----------
Research and development as shown in the income
statement                                                   10.8          9.2
Removal of amortisation of previously capitalised
research and development                                    (1.1)        (1.4)
---------------------------------                       ----------   ----------
Cash spend charged to the income statement                   9.7          7.8
Add research and development spend capitalised in the
year                                                         2.6          1.3
---------------------------------                       ----------   ----------
Total cash spent on research and development in the
year                                                        12.3          9.1
---------------------------------                       ----------   ----------


The net book value of capitalised R&D at the end of the financial year was £5.5
million (2005 £4.0 million) and consisted mainly of the development costs of new
generation Analytical instruments. R&D capitalised in the year represented 21%
(2005 14%) of the total cash spent on R&D.



Pensions

Overall the deficit in the UK scheme increased by £9.4 million to £49.9 million.
Assets of the scheme at 31 March 2006 were £123.3 million. Despite an increase
in assets of £22.2 million over the year this was more than offset by the
combined effect of a reduction in the discount rate applied to liabilities and a
further change in the mortality tables. An actuarial valuation as at 31 March
2006 is in progress and once the results are available to the Company and the
Pension Trustee Directors a long term plan for funding the deficit will be
agreed which is acceptable to all parties.

By the end of March 2006 £1.8 million of the special contribution of £6.0
million referred to last year had been paid into the scheme. The balance will
form part of the long term funding plan.

Group Income Statement

Year ended 31 March 2006

                                             Underlying  Restructured     2006
                                               business        magnet
                                            performance      business
                                     Notes         £m            £m         £m
                                    ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
Revenue                                2        153.8          13.4      167.2
Cost of sales                                  (105.3)        (13.8)    (119.1)
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
Gross profit/(loss)                              48.5          (0.4)      48.1
Selling and marketing costs                     (21.3)         (0.5)     (21.8)
Administrative expenses                          (9.5)         (0.7)     (10.2)
Research and development                        (10.8)         (0.9)     (11.7)
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
Trading profit/(loss)                  2          6.9          (2.5)       4.4

Other operating income                 3          2.0             -        2.0
Amortisation of acquired                         (0.2)            -       (0.2)
intangibles
Restructuring and other
non-recurring                          4         (0.1)         (6.6)      (6.7)
costs                               ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
-----------------------
Operating profit/(loss)                           8.6          (9.1)      (0.5)
Financial income                       5                                   8.1
Financial expenditure                  6                                  (8.5)
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
(Loss)/profit before income tax
and                                                                       (0.9)
discontinued operations

Income tax expense                     7                                  (2.5)
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
Loss after taxation before
discontinued                                                              (3.4)
operations
Profit from discontinued
operations                             2                                     -
after tax                           ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
-----------------------
(Loss)/profit for the period
attributable to equity
shareholders of                                                           (3.4)
the parent                          ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
-----------------------

                                                                           pence
           -----------------------  ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
Earnings per share - continuing        8

Basic earnings per share                                                  (7.2)
Diluted earnings per share                                                (7.1)

Dividends per share                    9

Dividends paid                                                             6.0
Dividends proposed                                                         8.4
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------

Total dividends                                                             £m
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------

Dividends paid                                                             2.9
Dividends proposed                                                         4.0
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------


Group Income Statement

Year ended 31 March 2005

                                             Underlying  Restructured     2005
                                               business        magnet
                                            performance      business
                                     Notes         £m            £m         £m
           -----------------------  ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
Revenue                                2        135.6          19.2      154.8
Cost of sales                                   (93.1)        (17.3)    (110.4)
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
Gross profit/(loss)                              42.5           1.9       44.4
Selling and marketing costs                     (19.2)         (0.3)     (19.5)
Administrative expenses                          (5.0)         (1.0)      (6.0)
Research and development                         (9.2)         (2.3)     (11.5)
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
Trading profit/(loss)                  2          9.1          (1.7)       7.4

Other operating income                 3          0.2             -        0.2
Amortisation of acquired                         (1.3)            -       (1.3)
intangibles
Restructuring and other
non-recurring                          4         (6.2)            -       (6.2)
costs                               ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
-----------------------
Operating profit/(loss)                           1.8          (1.7)       0.1
Financial income                       5                                   5.3
Financial expenditure                  6                                  (5.3)
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
(Loss)/profit before income tax
and                                                                        0.1
discontinued operations

Income tax expense                     7                                  (1.7)
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
Loss after taxation before
discontinued                                                              (1.6)
operations
Profit from discontinued
operations                             2                                   7.2
after tax                           ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
-----------------------
(Loss)/profit for the period
attributable to equity
shareholders of                                                            5.6
the parent                          ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
-----------------------

                                                                           pence
           -----------------------  ------    ---------     ---------  ---------
Earnings per share - continuing        8

Basic earnings per share                                                  (3.0)
Diluted earnings per share                                                (3.1)

Dividends per share                    9

Dividends paid                                                            33.4
Dividends proposed                                                        33.4
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------

Total dividends                                                             £m
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------

Dividends paid                                                            15.7
Dividends proposed                                                        15.8
-----------------------             ------    ---------     ---------  ---------

Group Statement of Recognised Income and Expenditure

Year ended 31 March 2006

                                                              2006        2005
                                                   Notes        £m          £m
                   -----------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------
Foreign exchange translation differences                       0.9           -
Cash flow hedges - effective portion                          (0.3)          -
Deferred tax on the above                                      0.1           -
Actuarial loss in respect of post retirement                 (10.3)       (6.1)
benefits
Deferred tax on the above                                      3.1         1.9
Impairment of carrying value of investment                    (0.2)          -
-----------------------------                     ------  ----------  ----------
Net loss recognised directly in equity                        (6.7)       (4.2)
(Loss)/profit for the period                                  (3.4)        5.6
-----------------------------                     ------  ----------  ----------
Total recognised (expense)/income for the year               (10.1)        1.4
-----------------------------                     ------  ----------  ----------

Total recognised (expense)/income for the year               (10.1)        1.4
Effect of adoption of IAS 32 and IAS 39, net of                0.2           -
tax on
1 April 2005 (2005 not restated) - cash flow
hedges                                            ------  ----------  ----------

                                                              (9.9)        1.4
                   -----------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------


Group Balance Sheet

As at 31 March 2006

                                                              2006        2005
                                                   Notes        £m          £m
                   -----------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------
Assets

Non-current assets

Property, plant and equipment                                 23.4        23.0
Intangible assets                                   10        15.6        12.5
Investments                                                    1.0         1.6
Deferred income tax assets                                    19.1        15.1
-----------------------------                     ------  ----------  ----------
                                                              59.1        52.2

Current assets
Inventories                                                   27.1        23.9
Trade and other receivables                                   46.2        46.8
Derivative financial instruments                               0.1           -
Cash and cash equivalents                                     13.9        29.7
Held for sale assets                                           5.0         5.4
-----------------------------                     ------  ----------  ----------
                                                              92.3       105.8
                                                  ------  ----------  ----------
Total assets                                                 151.4       158.0
-----------------------------                     ------  ----------  ----------

Equity

Capital and reserves attributable to the
Company's equity holders
Share capital                                                  2.4         2.4
Share premium account                                         20.2        19.4
Other reserves                                                16.0        16.0
Translation reserve                                            0.9           -
Retained earnings                                              6.9        20.2
-----------------------------                     ------  ----------  ----------
                                                    11        46.4        58.0
                                                  ------  ----------  ----------

Liabilities

Non-current liabilities

Borrowings                                                     0.5         1.1
Retirement benefit obligations                                53.4        43.3
-----------------------------                     ------  ----------  ----------
                                                              53.9        44.4

Current liabilities

Borrowings                                                     2.9         2.1
Bank overdrafts                                                1.2         1.1
Trade and other payables                                      38.7        44.3
Current income tax liabilities                                 1.9         1.3
Derivative financial instruments                               0.3           -
Provisions                                                     6.1         6.8
-----------------------------                     ------  ----------  ----------
                                                              51.1        55.6
                                                  ------  ----------  ----------
Total liabilities                                            105.0       100.0

                                                  ------  ----------  ----------
Total liabilities and equity                                 151.4       158.0
-----------------------------                     ------  ----------  ----------


Group Statement of Cash Flows

Year ended 31 March 2006

                                                              2006        2005
                                                                £m          £m
                       ---------------------------------  ----------  ----------
Cash flows from operating activities
Cash receipts from customers                                 169.2       185.9
Cash paid to suppliers and employees                        (173.9)     (177.6)
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------
Cash generated from operations                                (4.7)        8.3
Interest paid                                                 (0.6)       (0.2)
Income taxes paid                                             (2.7)       (2.2)
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------
Net cash from operating activities                            (8.0)        5.9
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------

Cash flows from investing activities

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment              -         0.8
Proceeds from sale of held for sale assets                     0.6           -
Proceeds from sale of investment                               2.2           -
Interest received                                              0.9         0.7
Disposal of subsidiary, net of cash disposed                     -        24.0
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired             (3.9)       (5.8)
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment                  (4.2)       (3.2)
Capitalised development expenditure                           (2.6)       (1.2)
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------
Net cash from investing activities                            (7.0)       15.3
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------

Cash flows from financing activities

Proceeds from issue of share capital                           0.8         0.4
Proceeds from the disposal of own shares                       0.1           -
Proceeds from increase in short term borrowings                0.8         0.6
Dividends paid                                                (2.9)      (15.7)
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------
Net cash from financing activities                            (1.2)      (14.7)
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------

Net (decrease)/increase in cash equivalents                  (16.2)        6.5
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period          28.6        22.3
Revaluation of cash balances on adoption of IAS 32 and
IAS                                                           (0.1)          -
39
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held              0.4        (0.2)
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period                12.7        28.6
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------



Notes on the Preliminary Financial Statements


1. Basis of presentation of accounts


The attached financial statements are the Group's first financial statements
following the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IFRS adopted
for use in the EU ('Adopted IFRS') in accordance with EU Law (IAS Regulation EC/
606/2002).


As allowed by IFRS 1 'First-time adoption of IFRS', the Group adopted IAS 32
'Financial instruments: disclosure and presentation' and IAS 39 'Financial
instruments: recognition and measurement', prospectively from 1 April 2005.
Consequently, until 31 March 2005, the Group continued to hedge account for
forecast foreign exchange transactions in accordance with UK GAAP, and hence the
comparative financial statements exclude the impact of these standards.


On 12 October 2005, the Group published a comprehensive analysis of the impact
of adopting IFRS from 1 April 2004 - available from the Company's web site at
www.oxfordinstruments.com. This included income statement and balance sheet
reconciliations, as well as details of the accounting policies applied in
restating its financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2005 and as at 1
April 2004.


The principal exchange rates used to translate the Group's overseas results were
as follows:

Average translation rates    2006      2005   Year end rates    2006      2005
----------------           --------  -------- ----------      --------  --------

US Dollar                    1.79      1.85   US Dollar         1.73      1.89
Euro                         1.46      1.47   Euro              1.43      1.45
Yen                           202       198   Yen                205       202
----------------           --------  -------- ----------      --------  --------



2. Segment information - Analysis by business


Segment results include items directly attributable to a segment as well as
those which can be allocated on a reasonable basis.


a) Total


Year to 31 March 2006
                             Analytical        Superconductivi           Total
                                                            ty
                                   £m                     £m                £m
    --------------------    -----------            -----------       -----------
Revenue                          80.7                   86.5             167.2
--------------------        -----------            -----------       -----------

Trading profit                                   6.0         (1.6)         4.4
Other operating income                           0.9          1.1          2.0
Amortisation of acquired intangibles            (0.1)        (0.1)        (0.2)
Restructuring and other non-recurring           (0.1)        (6.6)        (6.7)
costs                                      -----------  -----------  -----------
--------------------
Operating profit/(loss)                          6.7         (7.2)        (0.5)
Net financing expense                                                     (0.4)
Income tax expense                                                        (2.5)
--------------------                       -----------  -----------  -----------
Profit for the period                                                     (3.4)
--------------------                       -----------  -----------  -----------

Segment assets                                  55.6         55.9        111.5
Unallocated assets                                                        39.9
--------------------                       -----------  -----------  -----------
Total assets                                                             151.4
--------------------                       -----------  -----------  -----------

Segment liabilities                             21.7         22.2         43.9
Unallocated liabilities                                                   61.1
--------------------                       -----------  -----------  -----------
Total liabilities                                                        105.0
--------------------                       -----------  -----------  -----------



2. Segment information - Analysis by business Continued


Year to 31 March 2005
                             Analytical        Superconductivi           Total
                                                            ty
                                   £m                     £m                £m
    --------------------    -----------            -----------       -----------
Revenue                          68.8                   86.0             154.8
--------------------        -----------            -----------       -----------

Trading profit                                   6.4          1.0          7.4
Other operating income                             -          0.2          0.2
Amortisation of acquired intangibles            (1.2)        (0.1)        (1.3)
Restructuring and other non-recurring           (2.7)        (3.5)        (6.2)
costs                                      -----------  -----------  -----------
--------------------
Operating profit/(loss)                          2.5         (2.4)         0.1
Net financing expense                                                        -
Income tax expense                                                        (1.7)
                                                                     -----------
Loss for the period before discontinued                                   (1.6)
operations
Profit from discontinued operations                                        7.2
                                                                     -----------
Profit for the period                                                      5.6
--------------------                       -----------  -----------  -----------

Segment assets                                  46.0         59.9        105.9
Unallocated assets                                                        52.1
--------------------                       -----------  -----------  -----------
Total assets                                                             158.0
--------------------                       -----------  -----------  -----------

Segment liabilities                             19.1         28.1         47.2
Unallocated liabilities                                                   52.8
--------------------                       -----------  -----------  -----------
Total liabilities                                                        100.0
--------------------                       -----------  -----------  -----------


Discontinued operations

The results of the Medical business prior to its disposal on 1 March 2005 were
as follows:
                                                                          2005
                                                                            £m
                        -----------------------------------------     ----------
Revenue                                                                   25.6
-----------------------------------------                             ----------

Trading profit                                                               -
Net finance expense                                                       (0.2)
Profit on sale of business                                                 8.1
-----------------------------------------                             ----------
Profit before tax                                                          7.9
Income tax expense                                                        (0.7)
-----------------------------------------                             ----------
Profit for the period from discontinued operations                         7.2
-----------------------------------------                             ----------

                                                                           pence
Basic earnings per share - discontinued operations                        15.2
Diluted earnings per share - discontinued operations                      15.1
-----------------------------------------                             ----------



2. Segment information - Analysis by business Continued


b) Underlying business performance


The underlying business comprises all of the Group's operations except the
losses made by the restructured magnet business. Disclosure of segmental
information for the underlying business is not required by IFRS but certain
limited information is included below to give shareholders greater insight into
the performance of the Group. Information relating to the restructured magnet
business is not included.


Year to 31 March 2006
                             Analytical        Superconductivity         Total
                                                     excluding
                                                  restructured
                                               magnet business
                                   £m                     £m                £m
    --------------------    -----------            -----------       -----------
Revenue                          80.7                   73.1             153.8
--------------------        -----------            -----------       -----------

Trading profit                                   6.0          0.9          6.9
Other operating income                           0.9          1.1          2.0
Amortisation of acquired intangibles            (0.1)        (0.1)        (0.2)
Restructuring and other non-recurring           (0.1)           -         (0.1)
costs                                      -----------  -----------  -----------
--------------------
Operating profit                                 6.7          1.9          8.6
--------------------                       -----------  -----------  -----------


Year to 31 March 2005
                             Analytical        Superconductivity         Total
                                                     excluding
                                                  restructured
                                               magnet business
                                   £m                     £m                £m
    --------------------    -----------            -----------       -----------
Revenue                          68.8                   66.8             135.6
--------------------        -----------            -----------       -----------

Trading profit                                   6.4          2.7          9.1
Other operating income                             -          0.2          0.2
Amortisation of acquired intangibles            (1.2)        (0.1)        (1.3)
Restructuring and other non-recurring           (2.7)        (3.5)        (6.2)
costs                                      -----------  -----------  -----------
--------------------
Operating profit/(loss)                          2.5         (0.7)         1.8
--------------------                       -----------  -----------  -----------


3. Other operating income

                                                         2006             2005
                                                           £m               £m
             ---------------------------------       ----------       ----------
Profit on disposal of investments                         1.8                -
Profit on disposal of property                            0.2              0.2
---------------------------------                    ----------       ----------
                                                          2.0              0.2
             ---------------------------------       ----------       ----------


4. Restructuring and other non-recurring costs

                                                         2006             2005
                                                           £m               £m
             ---------------------------------       ----------       ----------
Post acquisition restructuring                              -              1.2
Wire quality costs                                          -              1.5
Restructuring costs                                       6.7              3.0
Impairment of held for sale assets                          -              0.5
---------------------------------                    ----------       ----------
                                                          6.7              6.2
             ---------------------------------       ----------       ----------


Restructuring costs for the year ended 31 March 2006 relate to the restructuring
of the UK magnet business and restructuring at Plasma Technology in Yatton,
Bristol.


Restructuring and other non-recurring costs for the year ended 31 March 2005
comprise costs relating to a specific quality issue at the US superconducting
wire manufacturing plant, redundancy costs arising in the Superconductivity
business and restructuring costs (redundancy expense, stock write-off and
surplus lease costs) following the acquisition of Metorex International Oy and
Resonance Instruments Limited in September 2004, costs relating to the closure
of the East Grinstead site and expenses associated with the replacement of the
Chief Executive.


5. Financial income

                                                          2006            2005
                                                            £m              £m
               ---------------------------------      ----------      ----------
Interest receivable                                        0.9             0.7
Expected return on pension scheme assets                   7.2             4.6
---------------------------------                     ----------      ----------
                                                           8.1             5.3
               ---------------------------------      ----------      ----------


6. Financial expenditure

                                                              2006        2005
                                                                £m          £m
                       ---------------------------------  ----------  ----------
Interest payable and similar charges on bank loans and         0.6         0.2
overdrafts
Interest charge on pension scheme liabilities                  7.9         5.1
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------
Total interest payable                                         8.5         5.3
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------



7. Income tax expense


Recognised in the income statement
                                                      2006                2005
                                               %        £m         %        £m
               -------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Current tax expense
Current year                                           2.4                 1.1
Adjustment for prior years                             0.1                 0.1
-------------------------                 --------  --------  --------  --------
                                                       2.5                 1.2
               -------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------

Deferred tax expense
Origination and reversal of temporary                 (0.8)                0.9
differences
Adjustment in respect of prior periods                   -                 0.3
Benefit of tax losses recognised                       0.8                   -
-------------------------                 --------  --------  --------  --------
                                                         -                 1.2
               -------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------

Total tax expense                                      2.5                 2.4
Less tax charge included within
discontinued                                             -                (0.7)
operations                                --------  --------  --------  --------
-------------------------
Total income tax expense in income                     2.5                 1.7
statement                                 --------  --------  --------  --------
-------------------------

Reconciliation of effective tax rate

(Loss)/profit before tax (including
discontinued                                          (0.9)                8.0
operations)

Income tax using the UK corporation tax     30.0      (0.3)     30.0       2.4
rate
Effect of tax rates in foreign            (100.0)      0.5       5.0       0.4
jurisdictions
Amortisation of intangible assets          (11.1)      0.1       3.8       0.3
Non-tax deductible expenses                (11.1)      0.1       6.3       0.5
Tax incentives not recognised in the
income                                      88.9      (0.4)     (6.3)     (0.5)
statement
Disposal of Medical business                   -         -     (28.8)     (2.3)
Temporary differences not recognised for
deferred                                  (166.7)      1.5       7.5       0.6
tax
Effect of current tax losses not          (188.9)      1.7       8.8       0.7
utilised
Effect of previous tax losses now           88.9      (0.8)     (1.3)     (0.1)
utilised
Under/(over) provided in prior years       (11.1)      0.1       5.0       0.4
-------------------------                 --------  --------  --------  --------
Total tax expense                         (277.8)      2.5      30.0       2.4
-------------------------                 --------  --------  --------  --------

Deferred tax recognised directly in
equity
Relating to employee benefits                          3.1                 1.9
Relating to cash flow hedges                          (0.1)                  -
-------------------------                 --------  --------  --------  --------
                                                       3.0                 1.9
               -------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------


8. Earnings per share


a) Continuing

The calculation of continuing basic earnings per share is based on the loss for
the period after taxation but before discontinued operations and a weighted
average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period, excluding
shares held by the Employee Share Ownership Trust, as follows:
                                                              2006        2005
                                                                £m          £m
                       ---------------------------------  ----------  ----------
Loss for the period                                           (3.4)       (1.6)
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------

                                                              Shares      Shares
                                                             million     million
                       ---------------------------------  ----------  ----------
Weighted average number of shares outstanding                 48.6        48.1
Less shares held by Employee Share Ownership Trust             0.9         1.0
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------
Weighted average number of shares used in calculation of
earnings per share                                            47.7        47.1
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------



b) Total

Total earnings per share based on the profit for the period as disclosed in the
Income Statement are as follows:

                                                         2006             2005
                                                          pence            pence
             ---------------------------------       ----------       ----------
Basic earnings per share                                 (7.2)            12.2
Diluted earnings per share                               (7.1)            12.0
---------------------------------                    ----------       ----------



c) Diluted

Diluted earnings per share have been calculated using the same numerators as set
out in (a) and (b) above and by reference to the following number of shares:

                                                              2006        2005
                                                              Shares      Shares
                                                             million     million
                       ---------------------------------  ----------  ----------
Number of ordinary shares per basic earnings per share
calculations                                                  47.7        47.1
Effect of shares under option                                  0.5         0.5
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------
Number or ordinary shares per diluted earnings per share
calculations                                                  48.2        47.6
---------------------------------                         ----------  ----------





8. Earnings per share Continued


d) Adjusted

The earnings per share before other operating income, amortisation of acquired
intangibles, restructuring and other non-recurring costs, the restructured
magnet business and discontinued operations are as follows:

                                                         2006             2005
                                                          pence            pence
             ---------------------------------       ----------       ----------
Basic                                                     9.1             13.9
Diluted                                                   9.0             13.8
---------------------------------                    ----------       ----------


A reconciliation of the profit for the periods used to calculate basic earnings
per share to the adjusted profit used to calculate the adjusted earnings per
share shown above is set out below:
                                                             2006         2005
                                                               £m           £m
                     ---------------------------------   ----------   ----------
(Loss)/profit for the period                                 (3.4)         5.6
Other operating income                                       (2.0)        (0.2)
Amortisation of acquired intangible assets                    0.2          1.3
Restructuring and other non-recurring costs                   6.7          6.2
Tax impact of the above                                       0.3         (0.8)
Loss of restructured magnet business                          2.5          1.7
Profit after tax in respect of discontinued operations          -         (7.2)
---------------------------------                        ----------   ----------
Adjusted profit                                               4.3          6.6
---------------------------------                        ----------   ----------





9. Dividends per share


The following dividends per share were paid by the Group:

                                                         2006             2005
                                                          pence            pence
             ---------------------------------       ----------       ----------
Previous period final dividend                            6.0              6.0
Current period interim dividend                             -              2.4
Special dividend                                            -             25.0
---------------------------------                    ----------       ----------
                                                          6.0             33.4
---------------------------------                    ----------       ----------



The following dividends per share were proposed by the Group in respect of each
accounting period presented:

                                                         2006             2005
                                                          pence            pence
             ---------------------------------       ----------       ----------
Interim dividend                                          2.4              2.4
Special dividend                                            -             25.0
Final dividend                                            6.0              6.0
---------------------------------                    ----------       ----------
                                                          8.4             33.4
---------------------------------                    ----------       ----------



Subject to the approval of the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting on 26
September 2006, the proposed final dividend will be paid on 27 October 2006 to
shareholders registered at the close of business on 29 September 2006. The
ordinary shares will be quoted ex-dividend on 27 September 2006. The dividends
payable on the shares held in trust have been waived.


10. Acquisitions


HKL Technologies A/S

The Group acquired HKL Technologies A/S based in Hobro, Denmark on 4 April 2005
for a net cash consideration of £2.1m. Further consideration of up to £0.7m is
payable based on post acquisition sales revenue growth. The Group's best
estimate of this deferred consideration at the current time is £0.3m. HKL
contributed turnover of £1.8m and profit before income tax of £0.1m to the Group
in the period.

                                                     Accounting
                                                         policy       Fair value
                                     Book value     adjustments     to the Group
                                           £m              £m               £m
          -------------------------  ----------      ----------       ----------
Property, plant and equipment             0.2            (0.1)             0.1
Inventories                               0.3            (0.1)             0.2
Receivables                               0.6               -              0.6
Payables                                 (0.7)              -             (0.7)
-------------------------            ----------      ----------       ----------
Total net assets/(liabilities)            0.4            (0.2)             0.2
Goodwill                                                                   2.2
                                                                      ----------
Total purchase cost                                                        2.4
Less consideration deferred                                               (0.3)
                                                                      ----------
Net cash outflow in respect of the
purchase *                                                                 2.1
Less net cash acquired                                                       -
                                                                      ----------
Net cash outflow on acquisition                                            2.1
                                                                      ----------

* Includes costs associated with the acquisition of £0.1m.


The book value of the assets acquired are based on the management accounts at
the date of acquisition. The accounting policy adjustments reflect the alignment
of accounting policies in respect of stock provisioning and project based
contracts. There were no fair value adjustments.


Goodwill arose on the above acquisition as the criteria for the recognition of
any intangible assets are not met at the date of acquisition. It is recorded as
a component of intangible assets.



Metorex International Oy

On 13 September 2004 the Group acquired 89.5% of the share capital of Metorex
International Oy ('Metorex') based in Espoo, Finland. A further 9.6% was
acquired during January 2005. At 31 March 2005 the Group owned 99.1% of the
share capital of Metorex, with an expectation that the remaining share capital
will be acquired in due course. The 0.9% minority interest is not a material
value. The total cash consideration was £5.3m of which £4.9m had been paid at 31
March 2006 and the remaining £0.3m is payable in June 2006.

                                                     Accounting
                                      Fair value         policy       Fair value
                         Book value  adjustments    adjustments     to the Group
                               £m           £m             £m               £m
   ------------------    ----------   ----------     ----------       ----------
Intangible assets               -          1.4              -              1.4
Property, plant and
equipment                     0.1            -              -              0.1
Stocks                        1.4            -           (0.6)             0.8
Debtors                       1.4            -              -              1.4
Creditors                    (1.7)           -           (0.1)            (1.8)
Provisions                   (0.1)           -              -             (0.1)
------------------       ----------   ----------     ----------       ----------
Total net
assets/(liabilities)          1.1          1.4           (0.7)             1.8
Goodwill                                                                   3.5
                                                                      ----------
Total purchase cost                                                        5.3
                                                                      ----------


The book value of the assets acquired are based on the management accounts at
the date of acquisition. The accounting policy adjustments reflect the alignment
of accounting policies in respect of stock provisioning and project based
contracts. The fair value adjustments relate to recognition of certain customer
related intangible assets not previously recognised by the Company.



10. Acquisitions Continued


Resonance Instruments Limited

The Group acquired Resonance Instruments Limited based in Witney, Oxfordshire on
21 September 2004 for a net cash consideration of £1.8m. A further £1.3m payment
was deferred and payable over the next two years based on future performance and
staff retention.

                                   Book value       Fair value        Fair value
                                                   adjustments      to the Group
                                         £m               £m                £m
       -------------------------   ----------       ----------        ----------
Intangible assets                         -              0.6               0.6
Property, plant and equipment           0.1                -               0.1
Stocks                                  0.4                -               0.4
Debtors                                 0.4                -               0.4
Creditors                              (0.6)               -              (0.6)
Provisions                             (0.1)               -              (0.1)
-------------------------          ----------       ----------        ----------
Total net assets/(liabilities)          0.2              0.6               0.8
Goodwill                                                                   2.3
-------------------------          ----------       ----------        ----------
Total purchase cost                                                        3.1
-------------------------          ----------       ----------        ----------


The book value of the assets acquired are based on the management accounts at
the date of acquisition. The fair value adjustments relate to recognition of
certain customer related assets not previously recognised by the Company.





11. Reconciliation of movement in capital and reserves

                                                                          2005
                                                                            £m
                           -----------------------------------------  ----------
Total recognised income for the period                                     1.4
Credit in respect of employee service costs settled by award of
share                                                                      0.2
options
Proceeds from shares issued                                                0.4
Dividends paid                                                           (15.7)
Opening equity shareholders' funds at 1 April 2004                        71.7
-----------------------------------------                             ----------
Closing equity shareholders' funds at 31 March 2005                       58.0
-----------------------------------------                             ----------

                                                                          2006
                                                                            £m
                           -----------------------------------------  ----------
Total recognised expense for the period                                  (10.1)
Credit in respect of employee service costs settled by award of
share                                                                      0.3
options
Proceeds from shares issued                                                0.8
Disposal of own shares held                                                0.1
Dividends paid                                                            (2.9)
Opening equity shareholders' funds                                        58.0
Arising on adoption of IAS 32 and IAS 39                                   0.2
-----------------------------------------                             ----------
Closing equity shareholders' funds                                        46.4
-----------------------------------------                             ----------


12. Report and Accounts


The financial information set out above does not constitute the Company's
statutory accounts for the years ended 31 March 2006 or 2005. Statutory accounts
for 2005, which were prepared under UK GAAP, have been delivered to the
Registrar of Companies whereas those for the year ended 31 March 2006 will be
delivered to the Registrar of Companies in due course. The auditors have
reported on the 2006 accounts; their report was unqualified and did not contain
a statement under section 237(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 1985.


The Company is registered in England Number 775598.


13. The Annual General Meeting


The Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2006 at 2.30pm
at the offices of Oxford Instruments NanoScience, Tubney Woods, Abingdon, Oxon,
OX13 5QX.

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