Infinova to acquire March Networks

Deal must still be approved by companies’ shareholders

March Networks, a Canadian-based provider of IP video solutions, announced Friday that it has agreed to be acquired by Infinova.

According to a statement, Infinova will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of March Networks for CA$5 per share in cash, which totals approximately CA$90.1 million.

The deal must still be approved by the shareholders of March Networks, as well as Infinova’s shareholders in China. Though they are majority owned by U.S. shareholders, Infinova raised $300 million earlier this year through an initial public offering on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The deal is also subject to approval by in regulatory agencies in Canada and the Ontario court.

March Networks’ said that its board of directors has already unanimously determined, based upon the recommendation of a special committee, as well as financial and legal advisors, that the deal is in the best interest of the company.

"The combined companies create one of the 10 largest global players in the video surveillance industry and is well-positioned for the expected industry consolidation over the next five years. Infinova offers March Networks a broader geographic footprint, access to the world's fastest growing market and a complementary fit with our respective product lines. This deal is consistent with our strategy to accelerate growth and expand in the Asian market," March Networks President and CEO Peter Strom explained in the statement.

According to Stephan G. Cannellos, Infinova’s vice president of strategic business development, March Networks will retain its brand identity and become an independent subsidiary of Infinova.

"The first point is one of the very important ones and that is the customer facing aspects of the businesses… and our intention is to keep those separate and distinct," he said.

Cannellos added that the focus of the companies currently is not how best to integrate March Networks into Infinova, but rather how they can leverage each others products and bring surveillance solutions to the market faster. In addition, Cannellos said that there is very little overlap in the products and markets that the companies serve, which is another reason they don’t intend to combine the brands.

"There hasn’t been a whole lot of success with doing that in the past in this industry so I think keeping the brands separate and unique in the areas they do well in is the number one focus," he explained.

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