Gentherm buys Argosy Partners-backed Etratech for $82 mln


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Gentherm (Nasdaq-GS: THRM) has acquired Etratech Enterprises Inc, a Burlington, Ontario-based designer, developer and maker of advanced electronic controls and control systems for the automotive, recreational vehicle and marine, security, medical and other industries. Gentherm, a U.S. thermal management technologies company, paid about $82 million (US$64 million) in cash for the company to diversify its product portfolio and capabilities. The deal provides an exit to the Shotgun Fund of Canadian private equity firm Argosy Partners, which invested in 2000. Etratech was founded in 1989 by President and CEO Michael Desnoyers.

PRESS RELEASE

Gentherm Announces Acquisition of Etratech; Provides Platform for Continued Growth and Diversification of Product Portfolio

NORTHVILLE, Mich., Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Gentherm (NASDAQ-GS:THRM), the global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies, announced today it has acquired Etratech Enterprises, Inc. for approximately US$64 million in an all cash transaction. Etratech, based in Burlington, Canada, specializes in the design, development, and manufacturing of advanced electronic controls and control systems for the Automotive, RV and Marine, Security, Medical and other industries. Etratech’s capabilities help OEM customers rapidly innovate and bring new technologies to market.

“We believe that growing our existing electronics capabilities is critical to our success in the broad spectrum of markets in which we participate,” said Gentherm President and CEO, Daniel R. Coker. “The acquisition of Etratech will add new, innovative electronics products and capabilities in our core automotive and medical markets. This will diversify our product portfolio and manufacturing capabilities in new and important areas. We are very excited to add Etratech to an already outstanding electronics business and team.”

“Etratech is dedicated to innovation, exceeding customers’ expectations and providing total customer satisfaction,” said Michael Desnoyers, President and CEO of Etratech. “I believe that with Gentherm, we’ve found a perfect fit for our global electronics engineering and manufacturing business.”

“The Shotgun Fund, as a selling shareholder, board member, and strategy and growth adviser to Etratech is proud to have worked with Michael and the company,” said Larry Klar of The Shotgun Fund. “We are confident in Etratech’s future success as part of Gentherm.”

Etratech’s management team will continue to lead the company, which will integrate into Gentherm’s Electronics Business Unit. Etratech will continue operations at their headquarters in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, with manufacturing in Canada and China.

Acquisition Highlights

Etratech estimates revenues of approximately $77 million Canadian Dollars (US$61 million) during the twelve month period prior to the acquisition, and forecasts continued revenue growth of at least 15% in 2018.
The purchase price of US$64 million represents approximately 8.5x EBITDA based on trailing 12-months EBITDA at the time of closing.
The transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings in fiscal 2017 by approximately eight cents per share on a fully diluted pro-forma basis.
The purchase was funded from Gentherm’s existing available cash.
It is anticipated that the acquisition could grow Gentherm’s total electronics revenues to approximately US$200 million by 2019.

Angle Advisors acted as the exclusive investment banking advisor to Etratech Enterprises, Inc. in completing this transaction.

About Gentherm
Gentherm (NASDAQ-GS: THRM) is a global developer and marketer of innovative thermal management technologies for a broad range of heating and cooling and temperature control applications. Automotive products include variable temperature Climate Control Seats, TrueTherm® cupholder and storage bins, heated automotive interior systems (including heated seats, steering wheels, armrests and other components), battery thermal management systems, cable systems and other electronic devices. Non-automotive products include remote power generation systems, heated and cooled furniture, patient temperature management systems, industrial environmental test chambers and related product testing services and other consumer and industrial temperature control applications. The Company is also developing a number of new technologies and products that will help enable improvements to existing products and to create new product applications for existing and new markets. Gentherm has over 13,000 employees in facilities in the United States, Germany, Canada, China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Vietnam. For more information, go to www.gentherm.com.

About Etratech
Founded in 1989 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Etratech specializes in the design, development and manufacture of advanced electronic controls and control systems for major multinational companies. Etratech serves Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other manufacturing firms with a total solution that extends far beyond traditional electronic manufacturing services (EMS). Etratech employs more than 400 people worldwide with manufacturing facilities in Canada and China. For more information, go to www.etratech.com.

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