VOXX Sells Off Hirschmann

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Hirschmann Car Communication GmbH and its worldwide subsidiaries (“Hirschmann”) to a subsidiary of TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL).

Under the terms of the Stock Purchase Agreement, TE Connectivity (“TE”) will acquire Hirschmann for an enterprise value of 148.5 million Euro. Based on the Euro to US dollar conversion (1 Euro = $1.12), this equates to approximately $166.0 million. The final purchase price is subject to further net cash and working capital adjustments. VOXX International (Germany) GmbH is the selling entity in this transaction.

 VOXX International Corporation will continue to operate in the Automotive industry and will retain its ongoing OEM business that is not part of this transaction through VOXXHirschmann Corporation. The Company will also continue its Automotive Aftermarket business through its proprietary brands and 3rd-party distribution agreements. The continuing operations include the Company’s market-leading rear-seat infotainment solutions, car security and remote start systems, remote start modules, app-based vehicle security solutions, keyless entry products and its newest innovation, the eFob, satellite radio products, and telematics, among others. Business lines that will be sold as part of this agreement, include Hirschmann’s antenna, smart antenna, multi-digital tuner and commercial asset tracking business, which incorporates various technologies and product lines. Under the terms of the agreement, VOXX International will phase out the VOXXHirschmann name over a period of two years.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Pat Lavelle, President and Chief Executive Officer of VOXX International Corporation stated, “I would like to thank the Hirschmann employees for their unwavering commitment to innovation and their positive contribution to VOXX International. The passion they have displayed in driving and developing technology-advanced products for OEM customers has been exceptional. We believe with the additional resources that TE Connectivity brings to Hirschmann, the business will have the ability to grow faster and garner a bigger share within their core product lines.”

Lavelle continued, “Over the past few years, we have won a considerable number of contracts from many of the most respected Automotive companies in the world, and the pipeline we have amassed has Hirschmann positioned very well in the future. While the business is growing, it would require significant working capital on our end and we believe now is the right time to sell. We also believe that TE is the right company to bring Hirschmann to the next level. Their ability to invest for growth, strong global presence and history of innovation makes this a win-win for all parties – for VOXX, TE Connectivity and the customers served.”

“The proposed acquisition of Hirschmann further expands our product portfolio and the integrated, highly engineered solutions we provide for connected and autonomous vehicles worldwide,” said Eric Kueppers, President of TE’s Global Automotive business. “Increasing data needs and new applications require active communications and increased connectivity within and outside the vehicle. Combining Hirschmann’s leading antenna technology with TE’s sensing and connecting capabilities allows us to expand our offerings, providing customers with value-add, holistic end-to-end data connectivity solutions.”

This transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. The Company expects to provide more details around this transaction in its upcoming Fiscal 2018 first quarter results announcement and corresponding conference call, which will be held in mid-July 2017. Additionally, the expected close, subject to approvals, is anticipated to be on August 31, 2017.  Wells Fargo Securities is acting as exclusive financial advisor to VOXX International on the transaction.

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