VC-Backed Advanced Photonix Buys Silonex Assets

Advanced Photonix Inc., an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based supplier of optoelectronic components, sub-systems and systems to industry, recently acquired certain assets of Silonex Inc., a Montréal-based subsidiary of ARCAS Automotive Group (Luxco 1) S.a.r.l. , for a cash payment of US$900,000. Advanced Photonix has been a portfolio company of U.S. venture capital firm In-Q-Tel since 2010. Silonex was in past backed by a number of Canadian venture capital firms.


Advanced Photonix® (NYSE MKT: API), a leading supplier of Optoelectronic components, sub-systems and systems to industry, announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Silonex, Inc. Silonex, Inc. is/was a wholly owned subsidiary of ARCAS Automotive Group (Luxco 1) S.a.r.l. , in exchange for a cash payment of $900,000.

The Silonex acquisition is expected to bring in over $4 million in annual revenue and generate positive EBITDA during the first full fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. Engineering and Product development for the Silonex products will continue in Montreal, while production will be transitioned to an off-shore facility or to Advanced Photonix’s operations in Camarillo, California.

“I would like to welcome Silonex customers, staff and suppliers to the Advanced Photonix family. Silonex brings a rich history of product development, new markets, new optoelectronic sensing capabilities with the addition of Cadmium Sulfide, or CdS, and a strong off-shore supply chain and customer base. We are looking forward to building and leveraging those relationships to expand our revenue growth and lower our unit costs,” said Rick Kurtz, Advanced Photonix President and CEO. “We have had a long relationship with Silonex, working together as customer and supplier, and believe the synergies of our engineering, sales and customer base will provide a strong foundation for future growth. To facilitate this transaction, we have established a new Canadian subsidiary that will be called Advanced Photonix Canada, Inc. In addition, because our previously announced supply chain issues have lowered expected revenues from the sale of our HSOR line of products, we are introducing a cost-cutting program which includes a 20% wage and compensation reduction by “C” management and the Board of Directors over the next five months, and a suspension of the company 401k match.”

About Silonex, Inc.

Silonex designs, manufactures and markets optoelectronic devices and sensor solutions. Its expertise in optical sensor design and integrated manufacturing meet the most challenging application requirements. A number of various vertical markets are addressed by Silonex’s innovative optoelectronic-based sensor solutions, including Industrial Controls, Banking, Vending, Medical and Telecommunications.

About Advanced Photonix, Inc.

Advanced Photonix, Inc.® (NYSE MKT: API) is a leading supplier with a broad offering of optoelectronic products to a global customer base. We provide optoelectronic solutions, high-speed optical receivers and terahertz instrumentation for telecom, homeland security, military, medical and industrial markets. With our patented technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing we offer industry leading performance, exceptional quality, and high value-added products to our OEM customer base. For more information visit us on the web at

The information contained herein includes forward looking statements that are based on assumptions that management believes to be reasonable but are subject to inherent uncertainties and risks including, but not limited to, unforeseen technological obstacles which may prevent or slow the development and/or manufacture of new products; potential problems with the integration of the acquired company and its technology and possible inability to achieve expected synergies; obstacles to successfully combining product offerings and lack of customer acceptance of such offerings; limited (or slower than anticipated) customer acceptance of new products which have been and are being developed by the Company; and a decline in the general demand for optoelectronic products. API-G

Contact: Torrey Hills Capital
(858) 456-7300
Jim Macdonald:

SOURCE Advanced Photonix, Inc

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.