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Stratasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS) and Objet Ltd. today announced that they have been informed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) that it has completed its review of the proposed merger and has given formal approval of the transaction. The companies have signed a Letter of Assurance with the U.S. Government that addresses certain national security concerns with the proposed transaction. The companies have agreed to modify certain business processes that the U.S. Government believes could potentially create national security issues in the future. The companies believe these business modifications are reasonable and will not materially affect the business of the combined company.
Having previously satisfied all other closing conditions, Stratasys and Objet intend to close the merger on or before December 6, 2012.
All statements herein that are not historical facts or that include such words as “expects,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “estimates,” “vision,” “could,” “potential,” “plan”, “intends”, “desires”, “assume” or “believes” or similar words expressing our view of, confidence in or optimism with respect to future events constitute forward-looking statements covered by the safe harbor protection of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except for the historical information herein, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These include statements regarding the expected timing and ultimate closing of the merger with Objet, as well as the financial and operating results of the combined company after, and the anticipated benefits of, the merger; the size of the 3D printing market; our objectives for the marketing and sale of our Dimension
® , uPrint
® and Mojo
® 3D Printers; our support removal systems; and our Fortus
® 3D Production Systems, particularly for use in direct digital manufacturing (DDM); the demand for our proprietary consumables; the expansion of our paid parts service; and our beliefs with respect to the growth in the demand for our products. Actual results may differ from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which may cause our actual results to differ materially from those discussed in a forward-looking statement. Risks and uncertainties that may affect our business include our ability to penetrate the 3D printing market; our ability to achieve the growth rates experienced in preceding quarters; our ability to introduce, produce and market consumable materials, and the market acceptance of these materials; the impact of competitive products and pricing; our timely development of new products and materials and market acceptance of those products and materials; the success of our recent R&D initiative to expand the DDM capabilities of our core FDM technology; the success of our RedEye On Demand™
and other paid parts services; our ability to satisfy the necessary closing conditions in order to successfully close the proposed merger with Objet; our ability to successfully integrate and market the combined company’s products; the combined company’s ability to achieve the expected revenue targets; the combined company’s ability to attract and retain management; and the combined company’s ability to protect and defend intellectual property. These statements represent beliefs and expectations only as of the date they were made. We may elect to update forward-looking statements, but we expressly disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our beliefs and expectations change. In addition to the statements described above, such forward-looking statements are subject to the risks and uncertainties described more fully in our reports filed or to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K.
In addition, the statements in this document reflect the expectations and beliefs of Stratasys as of the date of this document. Stratasys anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its expectations and beliefs to change. However, while Stratasys may elect to update these forward-looking statements publicly in the future, it specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. The forward-looking statements of Stratasys do not reflect the potential impact of any future dispositions or strategic transactions, including the Merger that may be undertaken. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Stratasys’ views as of any date after the date of this document.