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OTI Increases Focus On Contactless Technology Solutions With Divestiture Of Parx France Operations

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ROSH PINA, Israel, Aug. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Track Innovations Ltd. (OTI) (Nasdaq:OTIV), a global leader in contactless transactions and near-field communication, has divested the operations of Parx France, a distributor of EasyPark electronic parking solutions in French speaking markets for OTI's subsidiary, Parx Ltd.

Parx France was acquired by two local private investors and will be joined by the existing manager of Parx France. As part of the consideration, Parx France is required to continue using OTI's patented EasyPark solutions on an exclusive basis for an initial period of at least seven years. OTI will receive 25% of Parx France's profits on an EBITDA basis.

Parx France will retain its exclusive distribution rights to France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and several domestic and overseas French Territories, subject to certain commercial terms. OTI will retain its intellectual property related to the EasyPark system, and will provide to Parx France the full suite of its parking products, including the EasyPark in vehicle meter device and EasyPark Mobile service.

"This divesture demonstrates how we are refocusing Parx Ltd. as a business-to-business provider by establishing strong local business partners and parking operators in each market, rather than implementing the business-to-consumer approach we have taken in some of our markets," said Ofer Tziperman, CEO of OTI. "Parx Ltd. will continue to serve the market through a network of local parking operators, like Parx France. With this approach, we believe will be able to expand faster and into more new territories."

The new owners of Parx France bring to the organization valuable knowledge of France's parking and payment industries, which will help them to expand the already successful marketing and sales activities of the EasyPark product line in the French-speaking countries.

"The divestiture of Parx France also marks an important step in executing OTI's new overall strategic plan of reducing unnecessary costs and focusing on our core business of providing contactless transaction technology and solutions," said Ofer Tziperman, CEO of OTI. "We anticipate the divestiture will help conserve cash by reducing our annual operating expenses by more than $800,000, while allowing Parx Ltd. to continue selling our patented EasyPark solutions through Parx France under new ownership in diverse European markets and the opportunity to share in future profits."

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