11.11.2004: Meldung: Hydrogenics to Acquire Stuart Energy
The proposed offer has the unanimous support of Stuart Energy"s Board of Directors, which is recommending that Stuart Energy"s shareholders accept the offer. A number of Stuart Energy"s largest shareholders and each of its directors and officers, who collectively hold 13,575,080 shares representing approximately 37% of Stuart Energy"s issued and outstanding common shares, have entered into a lock-up agreement with Hydrogenics pursuant to which they have agreed to tender their shares to the offer.
"This acquisition gives us a breadth of capabilities, sustainability and resources that we previously did not possess," commented Pierre Rivard, President and CEO of Hydrogenics. "In addition to expanded market and product penetration, the combination will expand our revenue base and cash reserves considerably, and we expect it will be accretive to earnings, EBITDA and cash flow. The acquisition is also consistent with our strategy of nurturing a portfolio of value streams so as to reduce our exposure to a singular product, singular market and singular adoption rate."
"Both Hydrogenics and Stuart Energy have pursued complementary strategies to achieve profitability through targeting large existing commercial markets, managing cash utilization, partnering with strong strategic partners and offering a compelling portfolio of multi-purpose products," commented Jon Slangerup, President and CEO of Stuart Energy. "By combining the strengths of our two teams, expanding our product offering, and leveraging our strategic relationships, I believe our integrated company will deliver increased value and improved financial performance to our shareholders."
The integrated company will be well financed and positioned to pursue its aggressive business plan for global growth. Following the closing of the transaction, Hydrogenics expects to have approximately US$120 million in cash and short-term investments, a lean structure that can grow with increased adoption of hydrogen and fuel cells, an unmatched product portfolio and an accelerated pathway to profitability.
Rivard continued, "Stuart Energy has achieved six quarters of consistent double digit revenue growth and diminished cash burn. Stuart Energy is well positioned to continue its strategic growth initiatives under the Hydrogenics banner."
The integrated company will continue to be led by Pierre Rivard, as President and CEO. On closing of the transaction, Stuart Energy will nominate three directors to the Hydrogenics Board of Directors.
In addition to financial and management strength, Hydrogenics will have an unmatched product portfolio and expanded global reach. The integrated company also expects to achieve significant synergies in production cost, supply chain management and utilization of existing systems and processes that will drive margin improvement and shorten the timeline to profitability. In total, the integrated company expects to achieve US$8 million in annual synergies.
The offer is expected to be mailed to Stuart Energy"s shareholders during the next two to three weeks and will remain open for 35 days. It will be subject to customary conditions including that at least two thirds of Stuart Energy"s shares are tendered. In addition, the offer is subject to a termination by Stuart Energy in limited circumstances including in the event that a superior proposal is received and the termination fee of Cdn.$3.5 million is paid to Hydrogenics, or in the event that the ten day volume weighted average Hydrogenics share price, based on trading on the NASDAQ, calculated on a rolling basis for each consecutive trading day is less than the US dollar equivalent of Cdn.$4.80.
Additional information and answers to shareholders" questions will be provided during a conference call to be held by Hydrogenics and Stuart Energy at 9:00 am EST, today, November 10, 2004. Investors are invited to participate live via a Webcast on the Hydrogenics Web site, http://www.hydrogenics.com/ and the Stuart Energy Web site, http://www.stuartenergy.com/. Please go to the Web site at least 15 minutes early to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. Alternately, the U.S./Canada dial-in number for the conference call is (913) 981 - 5519. For those that cannot listen to the live event, a Webcast replay will be available on both Web sites through November 24, 2004.
Hydrogenics Corporation (http://www.hydrogenics.com/) is a leading clean power generation company, engaged in the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technology and test stations for fuel cells. The company is building a sustainable business, in a potentially "game changing technology" for transportation, stationary and portable power. Hydrogenics, based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, has operations in British Columbia, Canada, Japan, the United States and Germany.
About Stuart Energy
Stuart Energy Systems Corporation (http://www.stuartenergy.com/) is the world"s leading developer and supplier of integrated hydrogen infrastructure solutions based on water electrolysis. Stuart Energy integrates its proprietary hydrogen generation technology with products from corporate partners to serve existing and emerging markets for industrial, distributed power generation and transportation applications.
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