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MCDONNELL DOUGLAS CORPORATION AGREES TO SELL MCDONNELL DOUGLAS INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL

 ST. LOUIS, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas Corporation (NYSE: MD) announced today that it has agreed in principal to sell the McDonnell Douglas Information Systems International information technology business headquartered in Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom, to a group of investors organized by Baring Capital Investors Limited, London, in the early part of the first quarter of 1993.
 McDonnell Douglas Information Systems International provides total systems solutions to its customers which include hardware, software and support services to meet their information systems requirements. These customers are principally located in Europe, where the business is focused on a number of niche markets including: Health, Police, Central and Local Government, Commercial, Industrial and Financial sectors. In recent years the division has consistently recorded profits on annual revenues of about 180 million pounds sterling.
 "This decision is part of the continuing actions we are taking to restructure, streamline and sharpen our business focus," said McDonnell Douglas Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Herbert J. Lanese. "Our strategy is to concentrate on our principal aerospace business, where we are -- or can become -- the number one or number two company worldwide. We believe that the proposed sale to the group organized by Baring Capital Investors Limited enhances McDonnell Douglas Information Systems International's future potential."
 McDonnell Douglas Information Systems International operates from many sites in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and the Pacific Rim. Around 1,800 people are employed within the business, of which approximately 1,300 are based in the United Kingdom.
 McDonnell Douglas Information Systems International began a planned phase out of its own hardware manufacture in 1989 in order to focus on software and support services. In 1992 about 70 percent of the hardware supplied to its customers was sourced from outside manufacturers.
 McDonnell Douglas Information Systems International is an unincorporated division of McDonnell Douglas Corporation. It was acquired by McDonnell Douglas Corporation in 1979. It is the only remaining operation from McDonnell Douglas Corporation's commercial information systems activities.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Anderson of McDonnell Douglas Corporation, 314-233-2865; or David Malaperiman of McDonnell Douglas Information Systems International, (Hemel Hempstead, U.K.) 44-442-232424 ext. 4409; or Simon Palley of Baring Capital Investors, Limited, (London) 44-71-4081282/
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