Lineage Power Holdings Inc., a portfolio company of Gores Group, has agreed to acquire PECO II Inc. (Nasdaq: PIII), a Galion, Ohio-based provider of engineering and on-site installation services related to communications power systems and power distribution equipment. The deal is valued at around $16.7 million, with PECO stockholders to receive $5.86 per share (51% premium to yesterday’s closing price).
PECO II, Inc. (Nasdaq: PIII) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement with Lineage Power Holdings, Inc. (Lineage), a Gores Group company and a provider of intelligent power conversion solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, Lineage will acquire all of the outstanding shares of PECO II for $5.86 per share in cash. The offer price represents a 51 percent premium over the closing price of PECO II shares on February 17, 2010.
The Boards of Directors of both PECO II and Lineage have unanimously approved the proposed transaction. Certain of PECO II’s principal shareholders that collectively own approximately 17 percent of the outstanding shares of PECO II’s common stock, including Matthew P. Smith and trusts controlled by James L. Green, two members of PECO II’s Board of Directors, have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the transaction.
John G. Heindel, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of PECO II said, “Our Board of Directors firmly believes that this transaction, which represents a significant premium, is in the best interests of shareholders and of PECO II.
“The Lineage Power Total Efficiency technology leads the industry by helping service providers lower energy costs with a broad, end-to-end offering. Together, our products and nationwide support infrastructure will create one of the largest and most capable professional services organizations for telecom power in North America.”
Craig A. Witsoe, Chief Executive Officer of Lineage said, “PECO II is well respected for its high standard of customer service, responsiveness and easy-to-use systems design. The combined company can better serve the installed base and help customers expand for future growth with comprehensive, US-based engineering, product qualification, and support services.”
The transaction is subject to the approval of PECO II stockholders. The companies anticipate that the transaction will be completed in the second calendar quarter of 2010.
Western Reserve Partners LLC is serving as PECO II’s financial advisor and has provided the fairness opinion in connection with the proposed transaction. PECO II is represented by its general counsel, the law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, LLP.
About Lineage Power
Lineage Power Corporation, a Gores Group company, traces its 95+ year heritage of patented innovation to AT&T, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies and Western Electric. The first name in power, Lineage delivers reliable and intelligent power conversion solutions with energy-efficient AC-DC power supplies, DC-DC board-mounted power modules, telecom energy systems, and custom power products backed by local field expertise in 25+ locations worldwide. Designed for decades of non-stop operation, the high-availability DC power conversion solutions enable voice, video and data communications while assuring investment protection, total system efficiency, and significantly reduced total cost of ownership. More information about Lineage hardware, software, services and training is available at www.lineagepower.com.
About The Gores Group, LLC
Founded in 1987 by Alec E. Gores, The Gores Group, LLC is a private equity firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm’s operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. The Gores Group, LLC has become a leading investor having demonstrated over time a reliable track record of creating substantial value in its portfolio companies alongside management. The firm’s current private equity fund has committed equity capital of $1.7 billion. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, The Gores Group, LLC maintains offices in Boulder, Colorado and London. For more information, please visit www.gores.com.
About PECO II, Inc.
PECO II, headquartered in Galion, Ohio, provides engineering and on-site installation services and designs, manufactures, and markets communications power systems and power distribution equipment. As the largest independent full-service provider of telecommunications power systems, PECO II provides total power quality and reliability solutions, and supports the power infrastructure needs of communications service providers in the local exchange, long-distance, wireless, broadband and Internet markets. Additional information about PECO II can be found at www.peco2.com.