Joy Global Inc.: Announces Share Repurchase Program


At the Company:
Donald C. Roof
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

At FRB | Weber Shandwick:
Georganne Palffy
Analyst Contact

Milwaukee, WI – May 31, 2005 – Joy Global Inc. (Nasdaq:JOYG), today announced that its board of directors has authorized the company to repurchase up to $300 million in shares of its common stock. Under the program, management is authorized to repurchase shares as the opportunity arises in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions over the next 24-month period.

Joy Global Chief Executive Officer John Hanson commented, “As we have done with prior dividend increases, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to returning cash to shareholders and enhancing shareholder value. We are confident with regard to our outlook for Joy Global, as is our board, and we believe this action represents a beneficial use of our cash as we move through this strong cycle in our business.”

About the Company
Joy Global Inc. is a worldwide leader in manufacturing, servicing and distributing equipment for surface mining through P&H Mining Equipment and underground mining through Joy Mining Machinery.

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