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TE Connectivity to Acquire Measurement Specialties, Inc.
SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland – June 18, 2014 – TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL), a world leader in connectivity, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Measurement Specialties, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEAS) for $86 cash per share or a total transaction value of approximately $1.7 billion (including assumption of net debt).
Measurement Specialties, a leading global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems with expected revenue of $540 million in its current fiscal year, offers a broad portfolio of sensor technologies including pressure, vibration, force, temperature, humidity, ultrasonics, position and fluid, for a wide range of applications and industries.
“The acquisition of Measurement Specialties is a key part of our strategy to be a leader in the very attractive, high-growth sensor industry and adds nearly $40 billion to our addressable market,” said Tom Lynch, TE Connectivity Chairman and CEO. “We are excited about this acquisition as it enables TE to provide customers with an unmatched range of connectivity and sensor solutions that are essential in a world where everything is increasingly connected. We look forward to combining Measurement Specialties’ strong breadth of products and technologies with our deep customer relationships and global scale. We are also delighted to welcome their talented team to TE.”
Frank Guidone, CEO of Measurement Specialties, said, “The sensor market is quite strong, with both the number of applications and the content per unit increasing every year. We are excited to expand our product offerings to customers around the world through TE’s unparalleled go-to-market capabilities. We look forward to working with TE toward a seamless integration for our customers and employees, and becoming the supplier of choice for customers’ sensing requirements.”
The strategic rationale for the acquisition of Measurement Specialties is as follows:
Establishes a leadership position in the attractive sensor market: The combination of TE’s sensor business with Measurement Specialties’ leading range of sensors and sensor systems establishes TE as one of the largest sensor companies in the world. The sensor market is a fragmented, large and high-growth market, and the acquisition increases TE’s addressable market by nearly $40 billion. TE’s scale will be unique in this market.
Accelerates sales and profit growth: TE’s scale coupled with Measurement Specialties’ broad sensor product range is expected to create double-digit growth in TE’s sensor business. TE’s deep OEM relationships, unparalleled go-to-market resources, engineering strength, leadership in harsh environment applications, and global footprint are the underlying factors driving this growth. TE also expects to achieve significant cost and tax synergies and generate attractive financial returns for its shareholders.
Increases TE content: The combination of Measurement Specialties with TE creates the leading provider of highly engineered connectivity and sensor solutions. This combination will enable TE to provide a broader range of solutions for its customers and will increase TE’s content per application.
This communication is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of any proxy, vote or approval. In connection with the proposed merger, Measurement Specialties, Inc. (“MEAS”) intends to file a proxy statement and related documents with the SEC. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed to MEAS shareholders. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement and other relevant documents (in each case when available) filed by MEAS and TE Connectivity Ltd. with the SEC at the website maintained by the SEC at
. Copies of the documents filed by MEAS with the SEC will be available free of charge at the website maintained by MEAS at
. Copies of the documents filed by TE Connectivity Ltd. with the SEC will be available free of charge at the website maintained by TE at
MEAS and its directors, executive officers and certain other employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from MEAS’ shareholders with respect to the proposed merger. Information about MEAS’ directors and executive officers and their ownership of MEAS’ common stock is set forth in the proxy statement for MEAS’ 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on July 29, 2013, and MEAS’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, which was filed with the SEC on June 3, 2014. Additional information regarding persons who may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed merger will be contained in the proxy statement to be filed by MEAS with the SEC.
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