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Tuesday 08 October, 2002

Dicom Group PLC

Acquisition

Dicom Group PLC
08 October 2002


DICOM Group plc
Acquisition of ScanOptic GmbH, a European EDC Specialist


DICOM Group plc ('DICOM Group'), a global leader in the Electronic Document
Capture ('EDC') market, has made an offer to acquire ScanOptic GmbH ('ScanOptic
'), a leading specialist provider of EDC products and services in the German,
Swiss and Benelux market. ScanOptic was founded in 1997 as a subsidiary of EASY
SOFTWARE AG ('Easy'), a Germany based Content Management software company. The
offer will lapse if not accepted by shareholders on or before 15 November 2002.


Under the terms of the offer, DICOM Group will purchase 100 per cent of the
equity of ScanOptic including its majority stakes in ScanOptic's subsidiaries in
Switzerland and the Netherlands, where it holds 55% and 51% respectively.  The
total consideration offered is up to €4m (£2.5m) of which €3m (£1.9m) will be
paid in cash and up to €1m (£0.6m) as deferred consideration depending on the
performance of ScanOptic for the period to 31 December 2002.


ScanOptic will add to DICOM Group's leading market position particularly in the
German EDC market. It will also enhance the penetration of DICOM Group products
in the Easy channel partner market. ScanOptic's customers include BMW,
Daimler-Chrysler, Deutsche Messe Hannover, Jaguar, Stadtwerke Frankfurt,
Vodafone, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.


ScanOptic had sales of €11.2m (£7.0m) in the financial year to 31 December 2001
and profit before tax of €562,000 (£350,000)


For further information please contact:

DICOM Group plc                                                Binns & Co Public Relations Ltd
Christoph Loslein     Executive Director                       Peter Binns
Dr. Bettina Moschner  Investor Relations Manager               Paul McManus
Tel:                  +44 (0) 800 6520 616 or
                      +49 (0) 761 45269 36
Fax:                  +44 (0) 1189 820 102                     Tel :      +44 (0) 20 7786 9600
                      +49 (0) 761 45269 936                    Mob:     +44 (0) 7980 541 893
E-mail:               [email protected]        [email protected]
                      [email protected]
Internet:             http://www.dicomgroup.com                http://www.binnspr.com

About DICOM Group plc


DICOM Group plc ('DICOM Group') is the global leader in the Electronic Document
Capture ('EDC') market, a fast growing segment of the Office Automation
industry. EDC improves the performance of many business applications such as
document and content management and converts non-digital and digital documents
into structured data streams. Its implementation allows substantial increases in
office efficiency and offers high returns on investment.


DICOM Group's core competence is consulting, development and provision of EDC
products and services. More than 10,000 organisations world-wide have
implemented DICOM Group developed products, supported by 780 employees in 23
countries in Europe, the US, South East Asia and Australia.


US-based Kofax Image Products, DICOM Group's software development centre,
designs solutions to manage the capture process of large volumes of data and
documents and products that substantially improves document capture speed.
Ascent Capture allows document capture of text, forms, office documents, audio
and video data. Web based components and server products enable the
administration of the capture process independent of its location and the
availability of processing resources. Its patented and industry award winning
VirtualReScan (VRS) technology improves the image quality and the scanning
process in real time.


DICOM Group's European and Asian sales and service organisation offers a broad
range of services and complementary third party EDC products. Its network of
pre-sales, after-sales and consulting organisation addresses the increasing
demand for internationally deployed EDC solutions, project management and
professional support.


The Group's SGA Division focuses on multimedia visualisation products for the
IT, POI and Entertainment market. It operates as sole agency of Samsung's high
performance flat screen displays in Switzerland and Austria.


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