ATLANTA, Aug. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ:NMRX), a leading provider of enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things, (IoT), and Sierra Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW), a leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the IoT, have entered into a definitive merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) under which Sierra Wireless will acquire Numerex in a stock-for-stock merger transaction (the “Transaction”). The equity value of the Transaction is approximately US$107 million based on Sierra Wireless’ closing stock price on August 1, 2017 of US$29.65 per share, and represents a premium of 17.5% to Numerex’s volume weighted average share price for the 20 trading day period ending August 1, 2017.
Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, Numerex shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.1800 common shares of Sierra Wireless for each share of Numerex common stock. Upon completion of the Transaction, Numerex will become a subsidiary of Sierra Wireless and approximately 10% of the common shares of Sierra Wireless on a fully diluted basis will be held by Numerex shareholders. Concurrent with closing, Numerex’s debt of approximately $20 million including fees shall be repaid with Sierra Wireless cash. The Transaction is expected to close by the end of 2017, subject to the receipt of Numerex shareholder approval and certain regulatory and government approvals, and satisfaction of other customary conditions.
“We believe that combining with Sierra Wireless provides us the opportunity to work with and take advantage of world-class talent and technology to improve our product offerings for our customers,” commented Kenneth Gayron, Interim CEO and CFO of Numerex. “The transaction also provides our shareholders the opportunity to participate in the upside potential of the combined company.”
“The acquisition of Numerex accelerates our IoT device-to-cloud strategy by adding an established customer base, significant sales capacity, proven managed solutions and recurring revenue scale,” said Jason Cohenour, President and CEO of Sierra Wireless. “The combination of Sierra Wireless and Numerex will represent a powerful business and technology platform that will enable the company to drive a global leadership position in IoT services and solutions.”
The Board of Directors of each of Numerex and Sierra Wireless has unanimously approved the Transaction. Numerex shareholders owning approximately 27% of Numerex’s outstanding stock have entered into voting agreements under which they have agreed to vote in favor of the Transaction.
Deutsche Bank is acting as financial advisor to Numerex and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is acting as Numerex’s legal advisor. RBC Capital Markets is acting as financial advisor to Sierra Wireless. Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Jones Day are acting as Sierra Wireless’ legal advisors.
About Numerex Corp.
Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ:NMRX) is a leading provider of enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). The Company's solutions produce new revenue streams or create operating efficiencies for its customers. Numerex provides its technology and services through its integrated platforms, which are generally sold on a subscription basis. The Company offers a portfolio of managed end-to-end IoT solutions including smart devices, network connectivity and service applications capable of addressing the needs of a wide spectrum of vertical markets and industrial customers. The Company's mission is to empower enterprise operations with world-class, managed IoT solutions that are simple, innovative, scalable, and secure. For additional information, please visit www.numerex.com.
About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) is building the Internet of Things with intelligent wireless solutions that empower organizations to innovate in the connected world. Customers start with Sierra because we offer the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services. OEMs and enterprises worldwide trust our innovative solutions to get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has more than 1,100 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com.