Companies with Datacom in Their Name Located in Texas

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					                                                                                     May 16, 2006

                               PRESS RELEASE
               Rexel acquires Capitol Light and Supply,
 a leading distributor of electrical and lighting materials and services
                                in the U.S.
Rexel, the number one worldwide distribution network of electrical supplies, today announced
the acquisition of the business of Capitol Light and Supply Company (d/b/a: CLS and Capitol
Light), a leader in both the New England electrical distribution market and the national retail
lighting market. The acquisition illustrates Rexel’s ongoing commitment to a dynamic growth
strategy in the U.S. market and provides a significant footprint in the New England region.

The announcement follows the signature of an agreement on May 15, 2006, between Rexel and
the closely-held Capitol Light and Supply Company.

Based in Hartford, Connecticut, Capitol Light and Supply Company achieved sales of
approximately $234 million in 2005. With 415 employees at 22 branch locations in five states
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island), CLS, the electrical
wholesaling business, enjoys a 15% market share in the region. Capitol Light, the company’s
national retail lighting business, operates in 36 states and Canada, with distribution centers
located in New Haven, Connecticut, and Fort Worth, Texas.

Capitol Light and Supply Company’s customer base comprises electrical contractors
(approximately 70% of sales) and major national retail lighting accounts (approximately 30% of
sales). A highly successful operation, Rexel intends to further develop the national accounts
model, leverage their expertise, and expand the concept to other branches throughout the

The acquisition is expected to close before the end of June 2006, pending governmental
approvals. Upon closing, the business of Capitol Light and Supply will operate under the trade
names Rexel CLS and Rexel Capitol Light. The new names take advantage of the companies’
significant regional and national name recognition. All members of the highly successful CLS
and Capitol Light management team will remain with the business to help ensure a smooth
integration and continued long-term success.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rexel, Inc., a subsidiary of the Rexel Group, is the fifth largest
distributor of electrical and datacom supplies in the United States. Now with over 4,800
employees, Rexel, Inc. operates more than 300 branches in 34 states and the Bahamas.
Rexel’s U.S. sales are projected to exceed $2.5 billion on an annualized basis, excluding the
acquisition of Capitol Light and Supply .

“Following the acquisition announced in February of Elektro Material AG, the leading Swiss
wholesale distributor of electrical supplies, the new transaction with Capitol Light and Supply
Company in the U.S. underscores Rexel’s determination to pursue its selective external growth
strategy, aimed at significantly strengthening its local position. Rexel’s sales volume will
increase by 10% over and above our rapidly growing base, on the highly-fragmented U.S.
electrical distribution market. The company is now poised for growth opportunities in this
country,” stated Jean-Charles Pauze, CEO of Rexel Group.

The number one worldwide distribution network for electrical supplies, Rexel operates in 24
countries through a network of 1,686 branches. The Group employs 21,000 people, and posted
sales of 7.4 billion euros in 2005.


Press :    France :
           Claire-Valérie Guillen          + 33 1 58 47 97 87
           Béatrice Germain                + 33 1 58 47 95 45

           US :
           Dick Waterman                   +1 (972) 308-9890
           Mark Daniel                     +1 (972) 308-9329

Investors :
           Frédéric de Castro              + 33 1 42 85 76 12

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