Novra to Acquire Controlling Interest in Wegener Corporation
WINNIPEG, MB–(Marketwired – November 28, 2017) – Novra Technologies Inc. (“Novra”) (TSX VENTURE: NVI) announces that its Board of Directors has approved to acquire a 51% controlling interest of Wegener Corporation (“Wegener”). On or before December 29, 2017, Wegener will issue 14 million shares of Wegener common stock to Novra in exchange for 2 million Novra common shares. This share exchange is based on an estimated market value of US$250,000 for the 51% interest, based on Novra’s closing stock price and foreign exchange rate on November 6, 2017.
This 51% controlling interest will allow Novra to drive further operating efficiencies and revenue growth by integrating Wegener’s operations with the Novra Group. In addition, this will also enable Novra to restructure Wegener’s debt before acquiring the remaining 49% interest in Wegener. While we are confident with this plan, there is no assurance that we will fully realize its objectives.
Subject to successfully executing the above plan, Novra expects to then make a tender offer directly to the Wegener shareholders to acquire the remaining 49% for total consideration of US$300,000, no later than December 31, 2019. This purchase consideration will be settled via cash or Novra common shares to be determined then. At the closing date, this consideration plus the 2 million Novra common shares issued to Wegener for the initial 51% interest will be distributed to Wegener shareholders, excluding Novra. The proposed tender offer is subject to approval by the TSX-V and Wegener shareholders. This proposal has been approved by Wegener’s Board of Directors.
Wegener joins Novra Technologies Inc. and International Datacasting Corporation in the Novra Group of companies, providing innovative solutions for satellite and terrestrial content distribution for customers around the globe.
Wegener is a long-time leader in digital media management and distribution technologies for applications including digital signage, radio and television. The company is based in Johns Creek, Georgia, USA. During the fiscal year ended September 1, 2017, Wegener had revenues of US$3.4 million and operating income of US$92 thousand (based on unaudited figures).
Troy Woodbury Jr., President & CEO of Wegener, commented, “This step in the acquisition of Wegener Corporation by Novra Technologies, Inc. represents a strong development for Wegener and its customers. There are product synergies with very little overlap that strengthen and broaden the offerings of the combined companies. Further, our being part of the Novra Group will improve Wegener Corporation’s financial stability in the future and will strengthen Wegener’s management in all areas.”
Harris Liontas, President & CEO of Novra, commented, “I’m thrilled to announce the addition of Wegener as part of the Novra Group. This is the next step in our stated strategic vision to grow as a major world-class broadcast technology provider. The inclusion of Wegener immediately gives us a larger footprint in the USA and Mexico as well as a complementary portfolio of innovative product and software solutions. We also will be welcoming excellent talent to our team. For Novra’s and Wegener’s customers, we expect this acquisition will be seamless and business as usual. This transaction will strengthen the confidence of our combined customers and will also allow us to continue to expand the capabilities of our products as we take advantage of the synergies created. I expect good things for the future of the Novra Group including other potential acquisitions in the next 12 to 24 months.”
About Novra Technologies Inc.:
Novra (TSX VENTURE: NVI) is an international technology provider of products, systems and services for the distribution of multimedia broadband content. Novra’s applications focus includes: broadcast video and radio, digital cinema, digital signage, and highly reliable data communications.
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