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The latest in dental-industry corporate alliances brings together two of the major players in the expanding 3D printing market as Stratasys, Inc. and Objet Ltd. today announced their merger plans.
The latest in dental-industry corporate alliances brings together two of the major players in the expanding 3D printing market as Stratasys, Inc. and Objet Ltd. today announced their merger plans. While both companies operate in a range of industries that have been taking advantage of the benefits of rapid prototyping and 3D printing, they represent two of the biggest manufacturers of 3D printing systems used in dental labs, with Stratasys producing the Solidscape line of printers and Objet producing it's own line including the Eden 260V.
With each company having a niche in the dental field, it seems like the combination of the two could produce some powerful technologies. Solidscape's wax printing systems are designed for fast production of cast parts, while Objet's printers are known for accurate model printing. With the enhanced R&D muscle of this combined company, further innovations in the 3D printing arena are certainly on the way.
Read the full press release with all the merger financial details below:
STRATASYS AND OBJET AGREE TO COMBINE TO CREATE A LEADER IN 3D PRINTING AND DIRECT DIGITAL MANUFACTURING
Combined Company Would Be Valued at Approximately $1.4 Billion
Well Positioned With Multiple Technology Platforms and Complementary Products Available Across Enhanced Integrated Sales and Marketing Organization
Transaction Expected to be Accretive to Cash Earnings Per Share Within First 12 Months After Closing
Stratasys Announces Preliminary First Quarter 2012 Financial Results
MINNEAPOLIS, MN and REHOVOT, ISRAEL – April 16, 2012 – Stratasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a leading manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems for prototyping and manufacturing applications, and privately held Objet Ltd., a leading manufacturer of 3D printers for rapid prototyping, today announced that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which the companies would combine in an all-stock transaction with a combined equity value of approximately $1.4 billion, based upon the closing price of Stratasys’ common stock on April 13, 2012. The transaction will position the combined company as a leader within the high-growth 3D printing and direct digital manufacturing industry.
Under the terms of the agreement, Stratasys will merge with a subsidiary of Objet, and Stratasys shareholders will receive one share of the new combined company for each share of Stratasys common stock they own. Upon closing of the transaction, Stratasys shareholders are expected to own 55 percent and Objet shareholders are expected to own 45 percent of the combined company on a fully diluted basis using the treasury stock method.
The combined company, which will retain the Stratasys name and operate under the name Stratasys Ltd., will have dual headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, the locations of Stratasys’ and Objet’s current headquarters, respectively, and will be registered in Israel. The company will continue to trade on NASDAQ under the ticker SSYS. Scott Crump, co-founder, current chief executive officer and chairman of Stratasys, will become full-time chairman of the combined company. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company will also form an executive committee comprised of four members of the board of directors whose duties will include overseeing the integration of Stratasys and Objet and implementing the combined company’s business strategy. Elchanan Jaglom, current chairman of Objet, will serve as chairman of the executive committee of the combined company.
David Reis, current chief executive officer of Objet, will become chief executive officer of the combined company. Following the closing of the transaction, the board of directors of the combined company will consist of nine directors, with four directors designated by Stratasys and four directors designated by Objet. One additional director will be designated by Stratasys and approved by Objet.
The merger of Stratasys and Objet is expected to create a world class company offering an impressive portfolio of 3D printing and direct digital manufacturing solutions. The combined company should be well positioned to provide customers with the right solution by offering systems that produce parts with a wide range of capabilities and materials. The combined marketing and sales capabilities will provide extensive geographic reach, which should help grow customer awareness of the many opportunities to employ 3D printing and rapid prototyping techniques. Existing customers will benefit from a broader range of products that offer complementary functionality, which will create opportunities to cross-sell the product lines into the combined company’s installed base. In addition, the combined company expects to expand its access to new customers across multiple industries. With a significant increase in scale, the new Stratasys will seek to grow efficiently and faster through its combined organization.
“Today marks a significant milestone for Stratasys and an important development for the 3D printing and direct digital manufacturing industry,” said Scott Crump, chief executive officer and chairman of Stratasys. “We are bringing together two of the most innovative and respected players in the field to create a global leader in a high-growth industry. Together we will have a broader and more comprehensive product and technology portfolio, and the resources, team and financial strength to achieve our goals. Building on the success of both companies, I am confident that we will capitalize on the many opportunities this combination creates for our shareholders, channel partners, customers, employees and other important stakeholders. We look forward to completing this transaction and to building significant long-term value for our shareholders.”
“We are excited to be joining forces with Stratasys,” said David Reis, chief executive officer of Objet. “This transaction creates an organization that will provide a broad range of rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing applications to our customers, and the ability to bring exciting new products to the market. With an impressive technology portfolio, great talent, and an extensive sales and marketing channel, we will be well positioned to achieve efficient growth, expand our distribution reach and create value for all of our stakeholders. We look forward to working with Stratasys employees to take our combined company to the next level.”
Strategic and Financial Benefits of Transaction
Approvals and Timing
The transaction, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2012, is subject to, among other things, approval by Stratasys shareholders, registration of the Objet shares issuable to Stratasys shareholders with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and the satisfaction of regulatory requirements and other customary closing conditions. The approval by the Objet shareholders is required for certain actions related to the Merger. Stratasys has entered into a voting agreement with the Objet shareholders holding the requisite majority for said actions to secure the vote. The transaction will be taxable to Stratasys shareholders.
Preliminary First Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Today, Stratasys also announced preliminary financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. For the first quarter Stratasys expects to report revenue of approximately $45.0 million, a 31 percent increase compared with $34.3 million reported during the same period last year. Stratasys also expects to report non-GAAP net income of approximately $5.6 million to $6.3 million for the first quarter, or $0.27 to $0.29 per share, compared with $4.4 million, or $0.21 per share reported during the same period of last year. GAAP net income for the first quarter is expected to be approximately $4.3 million to $4.7 million, or $0.20 to $0.22 per share, compared with $5.0 million, or $0.23 per share, reported during the same period of last year. These numbers are preliminary and represent the most current information available to management. Stratasys plans to provide full financial results and updated 2012 guidance for Stratasys on a standalone basis during its first quarter financial results conference call scheduled for May 9, 2012. Items excluded in the non-GAAP calculation include amortization expense related to the acquisition of Solidscape, Inc. intangible assets; stock compensation expense; the gain on sale of an equity investment during the first quarter 2011; and the expenses associated with the company’s current efforts to combine with Objet Ltd.
Piper Jaffray & Co. is acting as financial advisor to Stratasys and rendered an opinion, from a financial point of view, as to the fairness to the Stratasys shareholders of the exchange ratio provided for in the merger. The firms McLaughlin & Stern, LLP, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Latham & Watkins LLP, and Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co. are acting as Stratasys’ legal advisors. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as financial advisor to Objet and the firms Meitar Liquornik Geva & Leshem Brandwein and Cooley LLP are acting as its legal advisors.
Stratasys Inc. is a maker of additive-manufacturing machines for prototyping and producing plastic parts. The company markets under the brands uPrint and Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus Production 3D Printers. The company also operates RedEye On Demand, a digital-manufacturing service for prototypes and production parts. Stratasys manufactures 3D printers for Hewlett Packard, which it sells under the brand Designjet3D. In 2011 Stratasys acquired 3D printer maker Solidscape Inc. According to Wohlers Report 2011, Stratasys had a 41-percent market share in 2010, and has been the unit market leader for the ninth consecutive year. Stratasys patented and owns the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM®) process. The process creates functional prototypes and manufactured goods directly from any 3D CAD program, using high-performance industrial thermoplastics. The company holds more than 285 granted or pending additive-manufacturing patents globally. Stratasys products are used in the aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, business and industrial equipment, education, architecture, and consumer-product industries. Online at: www.Stratasys.com
FDM, Dimension, Fortus, uPrint and Stratasys are registered trademarks of Stratasys Inc. Fused Deposition Modeling is a trademark of Stratasys Inc.
Objet Ltd. is a leading provider of high quality, cost effective inkjet-based 3D printing systems and materials. A global company, Objet has offices in North America, Europe, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and India.
Objet’s 3D printing systems and materials are ideal for any company involved in the manufacture or design of physical products using 3D software or other 3D content. Objet’s solutions can be typically found in sectors such as consumer goods and electronics, aerospace and defense, automotive, education, dental, medical, medical devices, architecture, industrial machinery, footwear, sporting goods, toys and service bureaus.
Founded in 1998, the company has thousands of customers worldwide including a substantial share of the relevant Fortune 100 and Fortune 500. Its award winning technology (13 awards in six years) is based upon more than 110 patents and patent pending inventions.
Objet’s 3D printers are available in a range of form-factors, from cost effective desktop 3D printers ideal for entry-level professionals up to industrial scale multi-material Connex machines for front-line designers and top manufacturers. Objet’s 3D printers feature PolyJet™ technology that simultaneously jets two materials, the industry’s highest resolution 3D printing quality, based on 16-micron (0.0006 in.) super-thin layering, wide material versatility (about 70 materials, ranging from rigid to rubber-like, transparent to opaque, and standard to ABS-grade engineering plastics), office friendliness and ease-of-operation. For more information, visit www.objet.com.