- Solidifies comprehensive portfolio of unified communications (UCC) and rich communications services (RCS) across fixed and mobile environments
- Significantly expands Mitel's addressable market and capitalizes on immediate growth of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) as mobile carriers make the move to all IP and 4G services
- Adds a new high-growth business unit for Mitel delivering collaboration services across mobile and enterprise networks
- Expands Mitel's service provider and mobile operator footprint to over 130 service providers and mobile operators, including 15 of the top 20 mobile carriers worldwide, covering 2 billion subscribers
Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a global leader in business communications, and Mavenir Systems (NYSE:MVNR), a leading provider of software-based networking solutions for mobile carriers, today announced that that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement in which Mitel will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Mavenir common stock in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $560 million. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Mitel will commence an exchange offer pursuant to which Mavenir stockholders will be entitled to elect to receive either all-cash or all-stock consideration for each share of Mavenir common stock, subject to proration, in either case with a value of $11.08 plus 0.675 of a Mitel common share, or $17.94 based on the closing price of a Mitel common share on February 27, 2015.
Capitalizing on growth as markets converge around enterprise and mobile IP unified communications
The transition to LTE has hit an inflection point, with carriers around the world beginning to transition to all-IP 4G mobile, unlocking the potential for more efficient delivery of high quality voice services, new rich communications services, and new revenue sources for mobile carriers. With the acquisition of Mavenir, Mitel expects to expand its total addressable market by approximately $14B by 2018*, and be well positioned to capitalize on increasing demand for 4G LTE services, which is growing at approximately 52% annually (CAGR). *Source: DellOro, Infonetics, Markets&Markets.
"Mitel is a leader in enterprise and cloud communications, markets in which mobility is becoming increasingly influential. With wireless adoption of IP and 4G LTE and demand for next gen mobile services ramping quickly, we see a compelling opportunity to capitalize on a major market transition to add a high-growth mobile business to Mitel," said Rich McBee, President and CEO of Mitel. "We believe the combination of Mitel and Mavenir creates a powerful new value proposition for enterprises and mobile service providers, using a common IP technology layer as the foundation for convergence, growth and competitive differentiation."
With an established footprint of over 130 mobile customers including 15 of the top 20 mobile carriers worldwide, Mavenir is a leader in 4G LTE mobile solutions helping to define the market with a series of industry firsts, including: the world's first live network deployments of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and RCS5 with MetroPCS (now T-Mobile); the first mobile network deployment of IMS-based VoWi-Fi (Wi-Fi calling) with T-Mobile US; and the first implementation of Virtualized RCSe with Deutsche Telekom. The deal provides Mavenir the financial and operational footprint to drive further market expansion of the company's award-winning mobile solutions.
"The move to all-IP LTE mobile networks has created a unique opportunity for service providers to leverage a converged all-IP network to offer feature-rich business and consumer communication services to any device, anywhere, on any access network," said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, of Mavenir. "We believe that the combined company is ideally positioned to capitalize on the trends within the communications industry today; namely, the convergence across enterprise and mobile networks to all-IP technologies, and the transition to cloud-based unified communications telephony and software-defined virtualized infrastructure."
Upon closing of the transaction, Mavenir will become the mobile business division of Mitel, operating under the brand Mavenir. Pardeep Kohli will join Mitel in the role of President, Mavenir, reporting to Rich McBee.
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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