SMART Technologies Purchased by Foxconn

foxconn-sharp-0516Foxconn, who made AV news last month by buying SHARP, just announced they are acquiring SMART Technologies. The deal is that Foxconn will buy SMART (who is traded on the NASDAQ as SMT) for US$4.50 per share. SMART is currently trading at only at $0.42 per share. The US$4.50 per Common Share purchase price represents a premium of approximately 21 percent to the volume weighted average price over the last 90 trading days prior to announcement of the Arrangement on the NASDAQ Stock Market (“NASDAQ”).

“We are very excited by the proposed acquisition of SMART by Foxconn, who is the world’s largest electronics manufacturer,” said Neil Gaydon, president and CEO of SMART. “SMART has built an enviable global brand in both the education and enterprise spaces. The proposed transaction with Foxconn provides us with one of the strongest global electronics partners with access to significant resources, a broad range of new technologies, markets and financial resources that will enable us to accelerate our strategy and position SMART for significant future growth.”

The Arrangement Agreement provides for the implementation of the Arrangement by means of a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta). The Arrangement Agreement contains customary representations and warranties of each party, non-solicitation and interim operations covenants by SMART, and right to match provisions in favour of Foxconn.  The Arrangement Agreement provides that any subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. may participate in the investment in SMART, and strategic partners designated by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. may, collectively, participate in up to 33 1/3 percent of the investment.  Further, the Arrangement Agreement provides that a termination fee of US$8.9 million will be payable by SMART in certain circumstances, including if SMART enters into an agreement with respect to a superior proposal or if its Board of Directors fails to recommend the proposed Arrangement to shareholders in the prescribed manner.

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The Arrangement is subject to customary conditions for a transaction of this nature, which include court and regulatory approvals (including the approval of the TSX) and the approval of 66 2/3 percent of the votes cast by SMART shareholders represented in person or by proxy at a meeting of SMART shareholders to be called to consider the Arrangement (the “Special Meeting”).

All of the directors, certain of the officers of SMART and certain of its shareholders, representing an aggregate of approximately 68 percent of the issued and outstanding Common Shares, have entered into lockup agreements pursuant to which they have agreed to, among other things, support the Arrangement and vote their Common Shares in favor of the Arrangement, subject to the terms of such agreements.

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Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..