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.