GE Fanuc Embedded Systems To Acquire SBS Technologies
Combination Creates Broad Offering To Meet Customer Demand
Combination Creates Broad Offering To Meet Customer Demand
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. and ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. GE Fanuc Embedded Systems, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), and SBS TechnologiesÂ®, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBSE) announced today that GE Fanuc Embedded Systems has agreed to acquire SBS Technologies, a designer of open architecture embedded computer products that enable original equipment manufacturers to serve commercial, communication and government customers. Pursuant to the transaction, SBS Technologies shareholders will receive $16.50 per share payable in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $215 million, net of SBS Technologiesâ cash and equivalents. The combination of SBS Technologies and GE Fanuc Embedded Systems will create a broad presence in the industry, offering an extensive line of products ranging from embedded boards in multiple form factors, bus architectures, and fabrics to fully integrated systems available in a range of environmental grades. SBS Technologies is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico with locations in Minnesota, Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, Germany, Canada and China. âSBS Technologies is more than an acquisition for GE Fanuc Embedded Systems, it is a great strategic fit,â said Maryrose Sylvester, president and CEO of GE Fanuc. âThe combination of the two companies will provide depth and breadth in crucial product areas primed for growth. âWe are very excited about this acquisition,â Sylvester continued, âand we believe the combined entity will be in a position to serve a variety of customers including those interested in communications, medical imaging, industrial automation, and military systems.â SBS Technologies designs and builds computer boards and systems that enable sophisticated products such as robots, aircraft, spacecraft and unmanned vehicles. The company produces more than 500 electronic components that can be configured in thousands of different ways. These products include single board computers, communications and networking modules, and complete systems. SBS products are designed to open standards such as CompactPCI (CPCI), VMEbus (VME), PCI, PCI-Express, PMC, PC/104, AdvancedMC, and AdvancedTCA. SBS Technologiesâ single board computers are based on IntelÂ® architecture, PowerPCÂ® and FPGA processors. âThis transaction will benefit both SBS Technologiesâ customers and GE Fanuc Embedded Systemsâ customers,â said Clarence Peckham, CEO of SBS Technologies. âOur complementary product sets provide our customers with a fantastic range of solutions today, and the combined resources will be able to take us farther in the future than either of our two companies could go working alone.â SBS Technologies has an excellent presence in Europe and Asia, adding to the team GE Fanuc Embedded Systems has in place in those regions. And, the combined entity will have approximately 900 employees worldwide, 250 of whom are engineers. Under the terms of the agreement, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems will acquire all of the issued and outstanding Common Shares of SBS Technologies (Nasdaq: SBSE). The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, the approval of SBS Technologiesâ shareholders, and other customary conditions, is anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2006. About SBS Technologies SBS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBSE) founded in 1986, designs and builds a wide range of standard and customized embedded computer products. Our products include processor boards, input/output modules, networking devices, and complete computer systems. Our products are used in many industries, including telecommunications, medical electronics, industrial automation and defense. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, SBS maintains eight primary operating locations, has regional sales offices throughout the United States and has international sales and support offices in six countries. More information on SBS is available at www.sbs.com. About GE Fanuc Embedded Systems GE Fanuc Embedded Systems, Inc. is a part of GE Fanuc Automation Corporation, a joint venture between GE and FANUC LTD of Japan. GE Fanuc delivers automation hardware and software designed to help users reduce costs, increase efficiency and enhance profitability. With solutions and services catering to virtually every industrial segment, GE Fanuc provides a diverse array of capabilities and products, including controllers, embedded systems, advanced software, motion control, CNCs, operator interfaces, industrial computers, and lasers. Headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, GE Fanuc is a part of GE Industrial and combines the diverse global strengths of the GE family with the local presence customers need to design, develop and maintain their automation investments. For more information, visit www.gefanuc.com/embedded or contact: GE Fanuc Embedded Systems, 12090 S. Memorial Pkwy, Huntsville, AL 35803, Phone: (800) 322-3616, Fax: (256) 882-0859, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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