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Itron Appoints Jerome J. Lande and Peter Mainz to Board of Directors

Announces Cooperation Agreement with Coppersmith Capital Management and Scopia Capital Management

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash.—Dec.10, 2015—Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, today announced that it has reached a cooperation agreement with Coppersmith Capital Management LLC and Scopia Capital Management LP under which two directors will be added to the Itron Board of Directors. Jerome Lande, managing partner of Coppersmith, has been appointed effective immediately, and Peter Mainz, a candidate identified by Coppersmith and approved by the board of directors, has been appointed effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Lande will serve as a Class 1 director with a term expiring at the 2017 Annual Meeting. Mainz will serve as a Class 2 director with a term expiring at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Both directors will stand for election at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

The Company also announced that, pursuant to the cooperation agreement, it has formed a Value Enhancement Committee to review, study and develop potential initiatives (including transactions) designed to create durable, sustainable long-term shareholder value. The committee will be comprised of Lande, Mainz and three additional incumbent independent directors: Jon E. Eliassen, chairman of the Itron Board, and Directors Gary Pruitt and Diana D. Tremblay. Pruitt will chair the committee.

"We welcome Jerome and Peter to the board and believe their addition represents a constructive outcome for Itron and all Itron shareholders. Our entire board and management team are moving forward fully focused on delivering on our strategic initiatives, driving performance and creating value for shareholders," said Eliassen.

"Itron has a number of important initiatives underway and we look forward to working together with Jerome and Peter to continue executing on our plan and to consider additional means to reduce costs, realize growth opportunities and unlock the value inherent in Itron as a world-leading technology and services company," said Philip Mezey, Itron President and Chief Executive Officer.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement to bring new perspective and shareholder representation to the Itron Board of Directors. We look forward to working with the board and management team to advance the Company's efforts through existing and new initiatives in support of our shared goal of enhancing shareholder value," said Lande.

In connection with the cooperation agreement, the Itron Board of Directors will initially include 14 directors upon the appointment of Lande and Mainz. However, the board will be reduced to 13 members not later than the 2016 Annual Meeting and reduced to 12 members not later than the 2017 Annual Meeting. Pursuant to the cooperation agreement, Coppersmith and Scopia Capital have agreed to abide by certain customary standstill and voting provisions.

The complete cooperation agreement among Itron, Coppersmith and Scopia Capital will be included as an exhibit to a Current Report on Form 8-K, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the ordinary course.

About Jerome J. Lande
Jerome J. Lande (Age 39) is the managing partner of Coppersmith Capital which he co-founded in April 2012. Previously, Lande was a partner at MCM Capital Management, LLC ("MCM"), from January 2006 until February 2012, and served as an executive vice president at MCM from January 2005 until he left the company. MCM was the general partner of MMI Investments, L.P., a small-cap deep value fund where Lande was responsible for all areas of portfolio management. He served as a vice president of MCM from February 2002 to January 2005 and as an associate from January 1999 to February 2002. Lande served as corporate development officer of Key Components, Inc., a global diversified industrial manufacturer that was formerly an SEC reporting company, from January 1999 until its acquisition by Actuant Corporation in February 2004. Lande holds a B.A. from Cornell University.

About Peter Mainz
Peter Mainz (Age 51) has more than 20 years of financial and communication systems business expertise that includes deep operational and commercial executive leadership experience. Most recently, Mainz served as president, chief executive officer and a director of Sensus, a global solutions company offering smart meters, communications systems, software and services for the electric, gas and water industries, which was created as the result of a private equity spin out of a division of Invensys plc. Prior to that, he served as the chief financial officer of Sensus and later was appointed as the executive vice president of operations. Prior to Sensus, he served as vice president of finance for various economic zones for Invensys plc. He also previously held executive roles at IBM and Schlumberger. Mainz holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Computer Science from Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria and an MBA from Texas A&M University.


About Itron

Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. Join us: www.itron.com.

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