CAESAREA, Israel — February 12, 2018 — Elbit Vision Systems Ltd. (EVS), a producer of machine vision inspection systems for textile fabrics and technical webs, announced today that it has agreed to be acquired by Switzerland-based Uster Technologies AG.
Uster will acquire 100-percent ownership of EVS, paying $3.40 per share, or approximately a 16.8 percent premium on the closing price of the company’s shares on February 9, 2018. This corresponds to an Enterprise Value of approximately $32 million. The acquisition of EVS by Uster has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, and is subject, among other things, to the approval by the general meeting of the shareholders of EVS, which is expected to be obtained in March 2018.
Subject to the fulfilment of standard closing conditions, the transactions is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2018. Thereafter, EVS will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Uster Technologies AG.
Sam Cohen, CEO, EVS, said: “We believe that the merger with Uster Technologies is the optimal route for growing the business of the company. Despite our success in turning the company from a loss-making enterprise with onerous levels of debt in 2010 — the year of our management takeover — to a profitable company with no meaningful debt, the last three years have seen revenues remain largely flat. As a result, the management of EVS has come to the conclusion that given the current conditions of the industries in which we operate and the capital markets, our ability to continue to increase shareholder value is extremely challenging and uncertain as a stand-alone entity.”
Cohen continued: “Given the difficulties in showing our shareholders year over year increases in revenues, our board of directors and senior management team have spent the last 18 months conducting an in-depth analysis on alternatives for increasing shareholders value, including discussions with a number of potential acquirers and investors. We believe that the merger with Uster, which represents approximately a 17 percent premium on our current share price, provides our shareholders with real value.”
Thomas Nasiou, CEO, Uster, said: “The acquisition fits perfectly into our vision to be the world’s leading supplier of quality solutions for the textile industry from fiber to fabric. EVS technology will offer USTER’s clients the potential for further automation and improvement for increased and sustainable performance.”
Posted February 12, 2018
Source: Elbit Vision Systems Ltd. (EVS)