December 22, 2009

Dividend Increase October 2009

Matthews International Corporation Increases Quarterly Dividend

PITTSBURGH, PA, OCTOBER 22,2009 – The Board of Directors of Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ NNM: MATW) today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.07 per share on the Company’s common stock.  The quarterly dividend has been increased one-half cent per share from $0.065 to $0.07. The dividend is payable November 16, 2009 to stockholders of record November 2, 2009.

UMP Acquisition December 2009

Matthews International Corporation Announces Acquisition of United Memorial Products, Inc.

PITTSBURGH, PA, December 21, 2009 — Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ GSM: MATW) today announced the acquisition of United Memorial Products, Inc., a leading supplier of granite memorial products, burial vaults and caskets in the western United States. United Memorial Products, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, reported sales of approximately $11 million in calendar 2008.

4Q 2009 Earnings Release

Matthews International Announces Earnings for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2009

PITTSBURGH, PA, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 – Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ GSM: MATW) today announced earnings for the quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2009. Net income for the Company’s fiscal 2009 fourth quarter was $15,633,000, representing earnings per share of $0.52. The fiscal 2009 fourth quarter results included net unusual charges of approximately $3,300,000 (pre-tax), or $0.07 per share. Unusual items for the current quarter primarily consisted of charges related to operational and systems improvements in several of the Company’s businesses. Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2008 was $20,392,000, or $0.65 per share.