CUI Global Agrees to Sell Power Business to Bel Fuse
CUI Global Agrees To Sell Power Business To Bel Fuse.
CUI Global Retains Investment in Virtual Power Systems
CUI Global, Inc. and Bel Fuse Inc. today announced that the two companies have entered into an asset purchase agreement (the "Agreement") under which CUI Global will sell the majority of its Power business (the "CUI Power Business") to Bel for $32.0 million, plus the assumption of certain liabilities and subject to closing working capital adjustments. The CUI Power Business is a division within CUI Global's Power and Electromechanical ("P&EM") segment.
Excluded from the Agreement is CUI Global's approximate 20% equity interest in Virtual Power Systems (VPS) related to the Intelligent Control of Energy® (ICE) product line for data centers based on VPS' proprietary Software Defined Power® (SDP) infrastructure.
Jim O'Neil, CEO of CUI Global, stated, "This transaction unlocks the substantial value in our P&EM segment and is an important step in our transformation into a diversified energy services platform that is grounded in our existing product portfolio and gas infrastructure capabilities. With this divestiture behind us, we move forward with an aggressive and disciplined acquisition strategy to tap into secular demand trends in the electric power, oil and gas, and telecommunication infrastructure industries for long-term shareholder value creation."
Daniel Bernstein, CEO of Bel, said, "The CUI Power Business' extensive product portfolio and distribution channel fits squarely within our growth strategy. Their product portfolio will round out Bel's current Power Products offering, allowing us to better address all our customer power needs. In addition, we look forward to utilizing CUI's success with the electronic catalog distributors throughout the Bel\Cinch product groups and capitalizing on CUI's enviable strong relationship with these distributors. Electronic Catalog Distributors are playing a vital role in demand creation, and over the past 4 years, this segment has been our fastest growing business. The combination of Bel and the CUI Power Business will substantially strengthen our Power Group and unite complementary capabilities, sales channels and customer relationships.
B. Riley FBR, Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor to CUI Global in this transaction.
About CUI Global, Inc.
Delivering Innovative Technologies for an Interconnected World . . . . .
CUI Global, Inc. is a publicly-traded company dedicated to maximizing shareholder value through the acquisition and development of innovative companies to create a diversified energy services platform. CUI Global's Energy business, Orbital Gas Systems is a leader in innovative gas solutions with more than 30 years of experience in design, installation and the commissioning of industrial gas sampling, measurement and delivery systems providing solutions to the energy, power and processing markets. Orbital Gas Systems manufactures and delivers a broad range of technologies including environmental monitoring, gas metering, process control, telemetry, gas sampling, and BioMethane. As a publicly-traded company, shareholders can participate in the opportunities, revenues, and profits generated by the products, technologies, and market channels of CUI Global and its subsidiaries. But most importantly, a commitment to conduct business with a high level of integrity, respect, and philanthropic dedication allows the organization to make a difference in the lives of their customers, employees, investors and the global community.
Bel designs, manufactures and markets a broad array of products that power, protect and connect electronic circuits. These products are primarily used in networking, telecommunications, computing, military, aerospace, transportation and broadcasting industries. Bel's product groups include Magnetic Solutions (integrated connector modules, power transformers, power inductors and discrete components), Power Solutions and Protection (front-end, board-mount and industrial power products, module products and circuit protection), and Connectivity Solutions (expanded beam fiber optic, copper-based, RF and RJ connectors and cable assemblies). The Company operates facilities around the world.