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VOXX International Corporation Completes Its Acquisition Of Hirschmann Car Communication GmbH

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Car Communication Holding GmbH and its worldwide subsidiaries ("Hirschmann") for a total purchase price of approximately $112 million ( euro 85 million), plus related transaction fees, expenses and working capital adjustments.

In 2011, Hirschmann sales were approximately $199 million ( euro 143 million), representing a 16% increase over the prior year.  Management believes, based on the Company's existing pipeline of booked business through 2016 and anticipated global market opportunities that Hirschmann sales will continue to increase in the coming year. 

On a consolidated basis, VOXX International believes that FY13 sales will exceed $900 million, with global automotive sales (aftermarket and OEM) representing approximately $475 - $500 million.  Additionally, the acquisition of Hirschmann is expected to be immediately accretive to cash flow and earnings per share ("EPS").   The Company estimates that with Hirschmann and through further synergies in its existing business and based on anticipated fluctuations in the Euro conversion rate, EBITDA for FY13 should be approximately $65-$70 million

Patrick Lavelle, President and CEO of VOXX International, stated, "This is another major milestone for our Company, as the addition of Hirschmann strengthens our global footprint and our OEM automotive offering.  Hirschmann is a pioneer in the industry and has been supplying automotive manufacturers for nearly 70 years.  Their technology is second to none and we believe, the addition of their antenna solutions and mobile tuners will lead to increased opportunities for our Company."

Hirschmann, headquartered in Neckartenzlingen, Germany, is a recognized tier-1 supplier of communications and infotainment solutions, primarily to the automotive industry, and counts among its global customers, Audi, BMW, DAF, Daimler, PSA, Renault, and Volkswagen Group, among others. The Company delivers technologically advanced automotive antenna systems and automotive digital TV tuner systems and is recognized throughout the industry for its commitment to innovation, having developed the world's first analog to digital tuner and the first digital TV tuner for the Chinese market.  Hirschmann holds more than 65 registered patents and has more than 100 patent filings which are currently pending. 

Ludwig Geis, Chief Executive Officer of Hirschmann, stated, "The entire Hirschmann team is very excited to become part of the VOXX International family and we look forward to working with them to further expand our global reach.  With car sales anticipated to rise over the coming years, and with new technologies being introduced into the global markets, we see significant opportunities to collaborate on technological development and potentially, to market our respective product offerings to both current and new customers.  We will continue to focus our efforts on R&D and driving innovation.  Every employee remains committed to ensuring 100% customer satisfaction."

Hirschmann's antenna business is primarily with automotive OEMs as well as with non-automotive and aftermarket customers.  The Company offers a comprehensive portfolio of active and passive antenna systems for light vehicles and commercial vehicles.  Its product portfolio consists of car roof antennas, mobile communication antennas, integrated antenna systems including film antennas and satellite antennas, as well as wireless local area network antenna solutions.  Hirschmann is currently developing a new line of "intelligent antennas", products that incorporate telematics modules and include digital signals preprocessing.  The Company is one of the leading suppliers in the European market and primarily sells products to German and European automotive OE manufacturers. 

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