Nov. 11, 2010
/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TKH Group N.V. (NYSE Euronext Amsterdam, AMS: TWEKA, "TKH") and Optelecom-NKF, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPTC, "Optelecom-NKF") today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for a subsidiary of TKH to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Optelecom-NKF in an all cash merger transaction for
per share. The per share consideration represents a premium of 59.1 percent over
Wednesday, November 10
, 2010's closing price on the NASDAQ Capital Market of
and a premium of 72.7 percent over Optelecom-NKF's average closing share price on the NASDAQ Capital Market over the past thirty trading days.
Alexander van der Lof
, CEO of technology company TKH stated, "The strategic fit between TKH and Optelecom-NKF is excellent. Optelecom-NKF's portfolio is complementary to TKH's existing portfolio and strengthens TKH's position in the infra, transport and public transit market. Optelecom-NKF's customers get access to the broad portfolio of TKH's security solutions. With a strong focus on R&D at both companies, a further leading position in the security segment is aimed for. The internationally focused sales activities of Optelecom-NKF are in line with TKH's objective to increase the turnover generated by the security solutions to 20% of the total turnover."
, president and CEO of Optelecom-NKF, "The knowledge components and techniques of TKH companies are combined to create innovative solutions to customer needs. As a member of TKH, this approach will enable Optelecom-NKF to provide complete security solutions to our customers, increasing the value we can add through our strong network of relationships. In a time of increasing consolidation within the global security industry, this transaction with TKH represents value for our shareholders and a good strategic fit for Optelecom-NKF."
The Board of Directors of Optelecom-NKF has unanimously approved the merger agreement and recommends that Optelecom-NKF's shareholders vote in favor of the transaction. The transaction, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011, is subject to the approval of Optelecom-NKF's stockholders and other customary closing conditions. There is no financing condition to consummate the transaction.