Mitel annonce la signature d’un accord définitif pour l’acquisition de Mavenir

March 02, 2015

  • Consolide le portefeuille de solutions de communications unifiées et de Rich Communications Services (RCS) dans les environnements fixes et mobiles
  • Etend considérablement la taille du marché potential de Mitel et capitalise sur la croissance immédiate de la Voix sur LTE (VoLTE), les opérateurs entamant le virage vers des services tout IP et 4G
  • Adjoint une division à forte croissance pour Mitel, proposant des services de collaboration pour les réseaux d’entreprise et mobiles
  • Accroît la présence de Mitel chez les fournisseurs de services et les opérateurs mobiles, Mavenir étant présent chez 130 d’entre eux, dont 15 des 20 plus grands opérateurs mobiles au monde, couvrant 2 milliards d’utilisateurs

Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), l’un des leaders mondiaux dans le domaine des communications d’entreprise, et Mavenir Systems (NYSE:MVNR), éditeur de solutions réseaux pour les opérateurs mobiles, annoncent être entrés dans le processus de finalisation d’un accord définitif dans lequel Mitel fera l’acquisition de la totalité des actions détenues par Mavenir en numéraire ou sous forme d’échange d’actions, la transaction étant estimée à environ $560 millions. Selon les termes de l’accord, Mitel débutera une offre d’échange à l’issue de laquelle les actionnaires de Mavenir pourront opter pour le paiement de l’ensemble de leurs actions Mavenir ou pour un échange d’actions, au prorata, sur la base de $11,08 plus 0,675 d’une action Mitel, ou $17,94 respectivement, basé sur le cours de l’action Mitel à la clôture le 27 février 2015.

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Capitaliser sur la croissance à l’heure où les marchés convergent autour des communications unifiées d’entreprise et mobiles

La migration vers LTE a atteint un point d’inflexion, les opérateurs débutant leur transition vers le mobile tout IP 4G dans le monde entier, ouvrant la voie pour une mise à disposition de services voix de plus grande qualité, de nouveaux services de communication à valeur ajoutée, et de nouvelles sources de revenus pour les opérateurs mobiles. Avec l’acquisition de Mavenir, Mitel s’attend à  étendre la taille de son marché potentiel d’environ 14$ milliards d’ici 2018*, et souhaite se positionner pour tirer parti de la demande croissante en matière de services 4G LTE, qui progresse à un rythme d’environ 52% par an (taux de croissance annuelle moyen). * Source: DellOro, Infonetics, Markets&Markets.

“Mitel compte parmi les leaders du marché des communications d’entreprise et du Cloud, marché pour lesquels la mobilité devient de plus en plus déterminante. Avec l’adoption de l’IP et de la 4G LTE et d’une demande qui ne cesse de croitre pour des services mobiles de future génération,  nous y voyons une formidable opportunité de prendre part à la transition majeure qui est en train de s’opérer sur le marché pour intégrer une division mobile à forte croissance au sein de Mitel » déclare Rich McBee, Président et CEO de Mitel. « Nous sommes convaincus que la combinaison de Mitel et de Mavenir crée une proposition de valeur nouvelle et impactante pour les entreprises et les fournisseurs de services mobiles, utilisant la technologie IP comme socle commun pour la convergence, la croissance, mais aussi pour se différencier. »

Présent chez plus de 130 clients mobiles, incluant 15 des 20 plus grands opérateurs mobiles au monde, Mavenir compte parmi les leaders des solutions mobiles 4G LTE et contribue à animer le marché grâce à de nombreuses innovations telles que : les premiers déploiements au monde de Voix sur LTE (VoLTE) et RCS5 avec MetroPCS (désormais T-Mobile); le premier déploiement de réseau mobile en voix sur Wi-Fi basé sur IMS avec T-Mobile US ; et la première installation de RCS (Rich Communications Services) virtualisés avec Deutsche Telekom. L’accord permet à Mavenir de disposer des ressources opérationnelles et financières pour poursuivre son expansion sur le marché.

“La migration vers des réseaux mobiles LTE tout IP a créé une opportunité unique pour les fournisseurs de services de proposer des services de communication à forte valeur ajoutée pour les entreprises et les utilisateurs, quel que soit le terminal, le lieu ou le réseau d’accès » souligne Pardeep Kohli, Président et CEO de Mavenir. « La nouvelle société est idéalement positionné pour tirer profit des tendances qui se profilent aujourd’hui sur le marché des communications, à savoir, la convergence des réseaux mobiles et des réseaux d’entreprise vers les technologies IP, la migration vers les communications unifiées en mode Cloud et les infrastructures virtualisées. »

Au terme de la finalisation de la transaction, Mavenir deviendra la division d’entreprise mobile de Mitel,  opérant sous la marque Mavenir. Pardeep Kohli rejoindra Mitel en tant que Président de Mavenir, reportant à Rich McBee.

Transaction Details

In connection with the execution of the merger agreement, certain of Mavenir's significant stockholders, who collectively hold approximately 45% of the outstanding shares of Mavenir common stock, have entered into tender support agreements with Mitel pursuant to which they have agreed to tender their shares to Mitel's offer. Mitel intends to finance the cash portion of the consideration for the acquisition, and the refinancing of its existing credit facilities and those of Mavenir, using a combination of cash on hand and proceeds from new senior secured credit facilities (which will consist of a senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility), and has received financing commitments from BofA Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse AG of approximately $700 million in the aggregate. Closing of the transaction is subject to Mavenir stockholders having tendered shares representing at least a majority of the outstanding shares of Mavenir common stock on a fully diluted basis, certain regulatory and stock exchange approvals and other customary conditions. Upon completion of the exchange offer Mitel expects to complete a short-form merger, which will not require approval of Mavenir's stockholders, to cancel any shares of Mavenir common stock not tendered to its offer in exchange for the merger consideration. The transaction will not require approval of Mitel's shareholders and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2015.

BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as financial advisor and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP are acting as legal counsel to Mitel and White & Case LLP is acting as legal counsel to BofA Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse, the lead arrangers of the financing. Morgan Stanley is acting as financial advisor and Andrews Kurth LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP are acting as legal counsel to Mavenir.

Important Information for Investors

The exchange offer for the outstanding shares of Mavenir common stock referenced in this press release has not yet commenced. This announcement is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Mavenir common stock, nor is it a substitute for the registration statement and exchange offer materials that Mitel and its acquisition subsidiary will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") upon commencement of the exchange offer. At the time the offer is commenced, Mitel and its acquisition subsidiary will file exchange offer materials on Schedule TO and a registration statement with the SEC, and Mavenir will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC with respect to the exchange offer. The exchange offer materials (including a Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, a related Letter of Transmittal and certain other offer documents) and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will contain important information. Holders of shares of Mavenir common stock are urged to read these documents when they become available because they will contain important information that holders of Mavenir common stock should consider before making any decision regarding tendering their shares. The Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, will be made available to all holders of shares of Mavenir common stock at no expense to them. The exchange offer materials and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will be made available for free at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. Copies of these documents will also be made available free of charge on Mitel's website at investor.Mitel.com or by contacting Mitel's Investor Relations Department at 469-574-8134. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Mavenir will be available free of charge on Mavenir's website at investor.mavenir.com or by contacting Mavenir's Investor Relations Department at 469-916-4393x5080.

In addition to the Prospectus/Offer to Exchange, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, Mitel and Mavenir file annual, quarterly and special reports and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports or other information filed by Mitel or Mavenir at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the Commission at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the public reference room. Mitel's and Mavenir's filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.

Forward Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking statements (or forward-looking information) within the meaning of applicable U.S. and Canadian securities laws. These include statements using the words believe, target, outlook, may, will, should, could, estimate, continue, expect, intend, plan, predict, potential, project and anticipate, and similar statements which do not describe the present or provide information about the past. There is no guarantee that the expected events or expected results will actually occur. Such statements reflect the current views of management of Mitel and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on many assumptions and factors, including general economic and market conditions, industry conditions, operational and other factors. Any changes in these assumptions or other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. All forward-looking statements attributable to Mitel, or persons acting on its behalf, and are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements set forth in this paragraph. Undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. In addition, material risks that could cause actual results to differ from forward-looking statements include: the inherent uncertainty associated with financial or other projections; the integration of Mavenir and the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits from the acquisition of Mavenir; the ability to obtain required regulatory approvals for the exchange offer and merger, the timing of obtaining such approvals and the risk that such approvals may result in the imposition of conditions that could adversely affect the expected benefits of the acquisition of Mavenir; the risk that the conditions to the exchange offer or merger are not satisfied on a timely basis or at all and the failure of the exchange offer or merger to close for any other reason; risks relating to the value of the Mitel common shares to be issued in connection with the exchange offer and merger; the anticipated size of the markets and continued demand for Mitel and Mavenir products and the impact of competitive products and pricing that could result from the announcement of the acquisition of Mavenir; access to available financing on a timely basis and on reasonable terms, including the refinancing of Mitel's debt to fund the cash portion of the consideration in connection with the exchange offer and merger; Mitel's ability to achieve or sustain profitability in the future since its acquisition of Aastra; fluctuations in quarterly and annual revenues and operating results; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; current and ongoing global economic instability, political unrest and related sanctions; intense competition; reliance on channel partners for a significant component of sales; dependence upon a small number of outside contract manufacturers to manufacture products; and, Mitel's ability to implement and achieve its business strategies successfully. Additional risks are described under the heading "Risk Factors" in Mitel's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, filed with the SEC on February 26, 2015, and in Mavenir's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 to be filed with the SEC. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required by law, Mitel does not have any intention or obligation to update or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, future events or developments, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting the forward-looking statements.

Conference Call Information

Mitel will host a conference call and webcast accompanied by slides on March 2, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. ET.

To access via tele-conference, please dial (888) 734-0328. Participants dialing in from outside of Canada and the United States can dial (678) 894-3054. The playback will be made available two hours after the event at (404) 537-3406 using access code 98007336. To access the webcast please use this link: http://investor.mitel.com/events.cfm.

Presentation slides will be available on March 2, 2015 at 8:00 am ET. To access the presentation slides, please go to the Investor Relations section of Mitel's website at www.mitel.com or use this link: http://investor.mitel.com/events.cfm.

Live internet access and a replay for this call will be available through the Investor Relations section of Mitel's website at www.mitel.com.

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