Harmonic to Acquire Entone Networking Software Business
Harmonic Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the video networking software business of Entone Technologies, Inc., a privately-held company based in San Mateo, CA, with research and development facilities in Hong Kong. By combining Harmonic's industry-leading video headend, edge and access network solutions with Entone's on-demand software, Harmonic will be able to provide cable, satellite and telco/IPTV service providers an advanced and uniquely integrated delivery system for the next generation of both broadcast and personalized IP-delivered video services.
The agreed upon purchase price of $45 million is comprised of $26 million in cash and the value of approximately 3.54 million shares of Harmonic common stock, as determined in accordance with the terms of the definitive agreement. In addition, Harmonic will assume certain liabilities of $1.5 million and invest $2.5 million in the form of a convertible note in Entone's consumer premise equipment (CPE) business, which will be spun out to Entone's existing stockholders immediately prior to the closing of the acquisition.
The merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including the spin-out of Entone's CPE business to its existing stockholders. Closing is anticipated to take place in October 2006. Excluding charges for the amortization of intangibles, the transaction is expected to be accretive to Harmonic's earnings per share from the first quarter of 2007. Dresdner Kleinwort acted as advisor to Harmonic in this transaction.
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