Ginsburg continued, "Wholesale operations will continue to operate separately from the other divisions of the company. We believe merging our wholesale entities will allow independent alarm companies to benefit from the scale of that combined business as well as other benefits we intend to offer through our buying power and increased size. Our ultimate goal is to provide our independent alarm company clients with truly new concepts in the areas of lead generation, equipment purchasing, and financing."
Charles May, President and CEO of IASG, said, "This proposed transaction satisfies virtually all of the objectives identified as part of IASG's evaluation of strategic options. We are creating a market leader with the size and national footprint necessary to be a highly successful security monitoring services business in the twenty-first century. We are assembling the resources and creating the business model to build a sizeable growth business. This combination offers the opportunity to resume creating shareholder value and, as a larger company, we expect the merger will provide greater liquidity for both companies' shareholders. I am excited about what the Protection One and IASG businesses and people will be able to do together with one of the best recognized and respected brands in the industry."
The merger will require the approval of IASG's shareholders and regulatory approval. The companies will prepare a proxy statement/prospectus in connection with seeking shareholder approval. Specific post-transaction operating plans will be developed in upcoming months in parallel with the preparation of the proxy statement/prospectus. Pending regulatory approval, the approval of shareholders and the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2007.