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Quanex Announces Agreement On $270 Million Revolving Credit Facility for Quanex Building Products Corporation

HOUSTON, April 7, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Quanex Corporation (NYSE:NX), an industry-leading manufacturer of value-added engineered materials and components for the vehicular products and building products markets, today announced an agreement for a new $270 million senior unsecured revolving credit facility for Quanex Building Products Corporation, its wholly-owned subsidiary. The five-year agreement was negotiated with a syndicate of nine commercial banks and has an accordion feature to increase aggregate commitments over the five-year term to $350 million. Closing on the facility is contingent upon the execution of the spin-off of Quanex Building Products Corporation and other customary conditions, and will be used to support the strategic growth of the company.

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CONTACT: Quanex Corporation
Financial Contact:
Jeff Galow
Media Contact:
Valerie Calvert