Viisage Acquires Imaging Automation

Acquisition expands company's leadership position in identity solutions market


Bill Aulet, chief financial officer of Viisage, added, "We have found the financial fit of iA with Viisage to be extremely attractive. iA's software subscription model provides a strong, high-margin, recurring revenue stream. Overall, we expect this transaction to be accretive in 2005 in terms of EBITDA, cash earnings, and earnings per share. We also expect this acquisition to increase our revenue growth rate and profitability this year and going forward. In addition, this acquisition is expected to give us more scale in terms of size and enable us to realize financial as well as competitive benefits. Further, we plan to integrate the operations immediately, enabling us to recognize cost savings."

"Through our current partnership with Viisage, we view the Company as a visionary and pioneer in the identity solutions space. The issue of identifying people is critically important for all governments, businesses and homeland security efforts," said Bill Thalheimer, chairman and CEO of Imaging Automation. "At iA, we are proud of our leadership in the identity document authentication space and recognize our clear fit into the larger picture of identity solutions. We expect our customers will profit from the obvious benefits that come from the combination of two significant market leaders in the identity solutions space -iA and Viisage."