News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2016

For more information contact:
Andy Cebulla
Director of Investor Relations and Treasurer
952.937.4000

MTS RECEIVES NOTICE FROM NASDAQ REGARDING LATE FORM 10-K FILING

Eden Prairie, Minn. – December 9, 2016 – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and sensors, today announced that as a result of its inability to timely file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 1, 2016 (the “Annual Report”), it has received a notice from The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) that the company is not in compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) for continued listing. MTS can, and intends to, regain compliance with Nasdaq’s filing requirements for continued listing.

As previously disclosed, MTS was unable to timely file its Annual Report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) because of an internal investigation relating to apparent violations by certain employees in its China operations of the company’s code of conduct. As a result of this ongoing investigation, the company will be unable to file the Annual Report by the extended due date of December 15, 2016.

The notification from Nasdaq notes that MTS is required to submit a plan to regain compliance with Nasdaq’s filing requirements for continued listing within 60 calendar days of the date of the Nasdaq notification letter. Upon acceptance of the company’s compliance plan, Nasdaq is permitted to grant an extension of up to 180 calendar days from the Annual Report’s filing due date, or until May 30, 2017, for the company to regain compliance with Nasdaq’s filing requirements for continued listing. The notice has no immediate effect on the listing of the MTS’s common stock on Nasdaq.

About MTS Systems Corporation

MTS Systems Corporation’s testing hardware, software and services solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products and structures. MTS’s high-performance sensors provide controls for a variety of applications measuring motion, pressure, position, force and sound. MTS had 2,400 employees as of October 3, 2015 and revenue of $564 million for the fiscal year ended October 3, 2015. Additional information on MTS can be found at http://www.mts.com.

Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the anticipated timeframe for filing the Annual Report. These statements are based on MTS’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to: (1) the timing and outcome of the internal investigation, including the possible identification of additional facts that could have an impact on MTS’s historical or future financial results; (2) potential damage to MTS’s China operations and financial results resulting from the conflict of interest described in this release and related remedial measures; and (3) other risks beyond the control of MTS. Additional factors that could cause MTS’s actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those described in the “Risk Factors” section in MTS’s most recent Form 10-K filed with the SEC and updated in any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the SEC, each of which is available on MTS’s website at www.mts.com or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which statements are made, and MTS undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or circumstances.