Carmanah: Acquisition Sabik Group
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Carmanah Technologies Corporation (CMH.TO) ("the Company" or "Carmanah") announces that it has entered into a share purchase agreement ("SPA") pursuant to which it will acquire the Sabik Group of Companies ("Sabik"), which includes 100% of Sabik OY based in Finland, 100% of Sabik GmbH based in Germany, 100% of Sabik PTE Ltd. based in Singapore, 81% of Sabik Ltd. based in the United Kingdom and 80% of Sabik Offshore Ltd. based in the United Kingdom. Of these entities, Sabik OY and Sabik GmbH generate more than 88% of Sabik revenues. In 2014, Sabik revenues were EUR17.7 million and EBITDA was EUR2.7 million.
The purchase price will be EUR21.5 million and the transaction is expected to close in July 2015, subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including the receipt of all necessary approvals from the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Sabik was founded in 1982 and is a leading competitor in the worldwide marine aids to navigation market. Sabik's marine aids to navigation activities are headquartered at Sabik OY in Porvoo, Finland. Carmanah and Sabik have operated in a collaborative partnership since 2010. The Carmanah and Sabik product offerings are largely complementary and both companies have collaborated on product development as well as sales and distribution.
In addition to the aids to navigation market, Sabik also pursues the provision of sophisticated lighting and monitoring solutions for the offshore wind industry. These activities are headquartered at Sabik GmbH in Germany. The offshore wind industry is a new business endeavor for Carmanah.
Each of Sabik's two UK and Singapore entities are smaller, earlier stage ventures that are pursuing the aids to navigation and offshore wind industry markets in their respective geographies.
"The acquisition of Sabik accomplishes two important steps in our growth strategy." said John Simmons, Carmanah CEO. "With Sabik's marine aids to navigation business we begin to realize our vision to be the prime consolidator in the signals market space. Of equal importance, the acquisition catapults Carmanah into the offshore wind industry - an industry that is set for substantial growth."
The EUR21.5 million purchase price will be paid by way of EUR17.2 million in cash and EUR4.3 million in Carmanah shares which will result in the issuance of 1,180,414 shares at closing. The share price has been determined based on a discount of 15% from the volume weighted average price of Carmanah shares on the TSX for the five trading days preceding today's announcement.
In preparation for this transaction, the Carmanah and Sabik management teams have held high-level integration discussions. After the transaction closes, the management teams will focus their planning efforts on revenue growth that can be achieved as a result of the transaction.
Mr. Lars Mansner, Managing Director of Sabik Group commented "We at Sabik are excited to be joining Carmanah, a company that we know well and have worked with for over five years. Together we have the strength to grow the marine business and improve our market share."
About Carmanah Technologies Corporation
Since its founding in 1996, Carmanah has become one of the most trusted names in solar technology, delivering reliable and cost-effective solar powered products and systems for industrial applications worldwide. To date, Carmanah's solutions for marine navigation, airfield ground lighting, aviation obstruction, roadway illumination, parking lot lighting, as well as on and off-grid power generation, have been successfully deployed in over 400,000 installations in 110 countries with proven performance in conditions ranging from desert heat to arctic cold.
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