Wasserstein & Co. To Acquire Globecomm Systems Inc.
Hauppauge, N.Y. – (Business Wire) – August 26, 2013
Globecomm Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:GCOM), a leading communications solutions provider, announced today that an affiliate of Wasserstein & Co. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Globecomm for $14.15 per share in cash. The purchase price represents a premium of 21.9% over the closing price on January 14, 2013, the day on which Globecomm announced that it had retained Needham & Company to assist it in a review of potential strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value. The transaction is valued at approximately $340 million.
“We believe that this transaction is in the best interest of our shareholders, customers, partners and employees. Wasserstein & Co. has a proven track record of helping companies build on their success,” said David Hershberg, Chairman and CEO of Globecomm.
“Globecomm is a leader in developing and managing complex communications solutions with a strong track record of growth and innovative engineering that leverages its global communications network,” commented Anup Bagaria, Co-Managing Partner of Wasserstein & Co. “Globecomm has also made successful investments in new product development that we believe will drive future growth in both the Company’s existing and new markets.”
Management’s Current Expectations for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013
Based on preliminary financial results, Globecomm currently expects the following financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013:
- Consolidated revenues to be approximately $319.6 million.
- Services segment revenues to be approximately $199.1 million.
- GAAP diluted net income per common share to be approximately $0.66.
- Adjusted EBITDA to be approximately $38.4 million.
The transaction was unanimously approved by Globecomm’s Board of Directors and is expected to be completed in the fourth calendar quarter of 2013. The merger is subject to antitrust clearance and other governmental approvals, Globecomm stockholder approval, the satisfaction of certain financial conditions and other conditions. The transaction is expected to be financed through a combination of cash provided by Wasserstein & Co. affiliates and other co-investors, as well as debt financing. Highbridge Principal Strategies LLC, on behalf of its affiliates, has entered into a commitment letter for the debt financing, subject to the terms thereof.
Needham & Company is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Globecomm. Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is acting as Globecomm’s legal counsel, and Jones Day is acting as legal advisor to Wasserstein & Co. U.S. Space LLC advised Wasserstein & Co. with respect to industry matters.
About Wasserstein & Co.
Wasserstein & Co. is a leading independent private equity and investment firm, focused primarily on leveraged buyout investments and related investment activities. Wasserstein & Co. manages capital on behalf of institutional and individual investors. The firm is focused on investments primarily in the media, consumer products and water equipment and services industries. Wasserstein & Co. has offices in New York and Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.wasserco.com.
About Globecomm Systems
Globecomm Systems Inc., (“we”, “our”, “us” or “Globecomm”) is a leading global communications solutions provider. Employing our expertise in emerging communication technologies, including satellite and other transport mediums, we are able to offer a comprehensive suite of system integration, system products, and network services enabling a complete end-to-end solution for our customers. We believe our integrated approach of in-house design and engineering expertise combined with a world-class global network and its 24 by 7 network operating centers provides us a unique competitive advantage. We focus this value proposition to selective vertical markets, including government, wireless, media, enterprise and maritime. As a communications solutions provider we leverage our global network to provide customers managed access services to the United States Internet backbone, video content, the public switched telephone network or their corporate headquarters or government offices. We currently have customers for which we are providing these solutions in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Based in Hauppauge, New York, Globecomm also maintains offices in Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong, Germany, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.
Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure which represents net income before interest income, interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation, amortization expense, non-cash stock compensation expense, and earn-out fair value adjustments. We believe this provides greater transparency by helping illustrate comparability between current and prior periods. Under an accounting pronouncement on business combinations, acquisition related costs are required to be expensed rather than capitalized, and changes to the fair value of earn-out payments must be recognized in earnings. Therefore, the exclusion of the earn-out fair value adjustments in the adjusted EBITDA calculation provides better comparability.
Adjusted EBITDA does not represent cash flows as defined by GAAP. We disclose adjusted EBITDA because it is a financial measure commonly used in our industry. Because adjusted EBITDA facilitates internal comparisons of our historical financial position and operating performance on a more consistent basis, we also use adjusted EBITDA in measuring performance relative to that of our competitors and in evaluating acquisition opportunities. Our management regularly uses supplemental non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate our business and make operating decisions. Adjusted EBITDA is not meant to be considered a substitute or replacement for net income as prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the proposed transaction, Globecomm will file proxy materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, relating to the solicitation of proxies to vote at a special meeting of stockholders to be called to approve the proposed transaction. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed to the stockholders of Globecomm in advance of the special meeting. Stockholders of Globecomm are urged to read the proxy statement and other relevant materials when they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. Stockholders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement and any other relevant documents (when available) at the SEC’s web site at http://www.sec.gov. The definitive proxy statement and these other documents also will be available on Globecomm’s website (http://www.globecomm.com) and may be obtained free of charge from Globecomm by directing a request to Globecomm Systems Inc., Attn: Corporate Secretary, 45 Oser Avenue, Hauppauge, NY 11788.
Globecomm and its directors and certain executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Globecomm’s stockholders in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Globecomm and their respective interests in Globecomm by security holdings or otherwise is set forth in its proxy statement relating to the 2012 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on October 5, 2012. Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interest of the participants by reading the proxy statement regarding the proposed transaction when it becomes available.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding benefits of the proposed transaction, future performance, financing for the transaction and the completion of the transaction. These statements are based on the current expectations of the management of Globecomm. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements included in this document. For example, among other things, conditions to the closing of the transaction may not be satisfied and the transaction may involve unexpected costs, unexpected liabilities or unexpected delays. Additional factors that may affect the future results of Globecomm are set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 and filed with the SEC on September 13, 2012, and in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2013 and filed with the SEC on May 10, 2013, which are available at http://www.sec.gov. Unless required by law, Globecomm undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Source: Globecomm Systems
Julia Hanft, 631-457-1144
Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary