Optibase Announces Sale Of Its Video Business To A Subsidiary Of VITEC Multimedia
Optibase Ltd. (Nasdaq: OBAS) (the "Company"), a leader in advanced digital video solutions, today announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Optibase Technologies Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of VITEC Multimedia ("Vitec") pursuant to which Optibase Ltd. and its subsidiary Optibase Inc. (collectively, "Optibase") will sell their entire video business to Vitec (the "Business" and the "Transaction", respectively).
Under the terms of the transaction, which was approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, in consideration for the sale of the Business, Vitec will pay the Company an aggregate amount of US $8 million in cash of which US $1 million will be deposited in escrow for a 2-year period as a security, inter alia, for breach or material inaccuracy relating to Optibase's representations and warranties. In addition, Optibase and Vitec agreed on an earn-out mechanism pursuant to which 45% of Vitec's revenues deriving from the Business exceeding $14 million in the year following the closing of the Transaction will be paid to Optibase.
Consummation of the Transaction is subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions precedent standard for transactions of this nature, including, inter alia, receipt of all necessary approvals and permits and the Company’s shareholders’ approval. The Transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2010. However, there is no assurance that the parties will be able to satisfy the conditions precedent to the Transaction by the time set in the agreement or at all.
Upon signing of the Transaction, Vitec deposited US $500,000 in escrow to be paid to Optibase if closing does not take place within a specific period of time from signing, subject to certain limited circumstances, principally relating to non fulfillment of certain closing conditions by Optibase, in which case, such funds will be returned to Vitec.
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