Sierra Wireless’ $107 Million Acquisition of Numerex Corp.


RBC Capital Markets is acting as financial advisor to Sierra Wireless. Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Jones Day are acting as Sierra Wireless’ legal advisors. Deutsche Bank is acting as financial advisor to Numerex and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is acting as Numerex’s legal advisor.

Sierra Wireless, Inc. (“Sierra Wireless”) (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Numerex Corp. (“Numerex”) (NASDAQ:NMRX) have entered into a definitive merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) under which Sierra Wireless will acquire Numerex in a stock-for-stock merger transaction (the “Transaction”). The Transaction is valued at approximately US$107 million based on Sierra Wireless’ closing stock price on August 1, 2017 of US$29.65 per share and represents a premium of 17.5 percent to Numerex’s 20-day average share price. The acquisition expands Sierra Wireless’ position as a leading global IoT pure-play and will significantly increase its subscription-based recurring services revenue.

Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, Numerex shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.18 common shares of Sierra Wireless for each share of Numerex common stock. Upon completion of the Transaction, Numerex will become a subsidiary of Sierra Wireless and Numerex shareholders will own approximately 10 percent of the common shares of Sierra Wireless on a fully diluted basis. Concurrent with closing, Numerex’s debt of approximately $20 million including fees shall be repaid with Sierra Wireless cash. The Transaction is expected to close in January 2018 subject to the receipt of Numerex shareholder approval and certain regulatory and government approvals, and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

The Skadden team includes: M&A partner Richard Grossman (Picture) Corporate Finance partner Riccardo Leofanti (Toronto); M&A associate Gabrielle Wolf; Corporate associate Colin Brown (Toronto); and M&A associate Anya Richter.

Involved fees earner: Richard Grossman – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Riccardo Leofanti – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Gabrielle Wolf – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Colin Brown – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Anya Richter – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom;

Law Firms: Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom;

Clients: Sierra Wireless, Inc.;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti