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OMRON to Acquire U.S. Based Adept Technology

16.9.2015 08:05 | Business Wire

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OMRON Corporation (President & CEO: Yoshihito Yamada [TOKYO:6645]) (“OMRON”), a global leader in the field of automation based on its core sensing and control technology, and Adept Technology, Inc. (President and Chief Executive Officer: Rob Cain [NASDAQ:ADEP]) (“Adept”), a global, leading provider of intelligent robots, autonomous mobile robot solutions and services, today announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement whereby OMRON will acquire Adept.

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OMRON plans to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Adept common stock through an all cash tender offer followed by a second-step merger. OMRON will offer Adept investors $13.00 per share of Adept common stock, which represents a 63% premium over the closing price for Adept’s common stock on September 15, 2015. This values Adept at approximately $200 million. OMRON will fund the tender offer through cash on hand.

The tender offer is expected to commence on or about September 23, 2015, and the transaction is expected to close on or about October 22, 2015. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including at least a majority of shares of Adept common stock being tendered in the offer, expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 and receipt of required foreign antitrust approvals. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.

Commenting on the acquisition, Yutaka Miyanaga, OMRON Industrial Automation Business Company President, said, “We are delighted Adept Technology, a world leader in robotics, has agreed to join OMRON. This acquisition is part of our strategy to enhance our automation technology and position us for long term growth. Robotics will elevate our offering of advanced automation.”

Rob Cain, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adept, added, “We are excited about the opportunity to join OMRON, a global leader in automation. Together, our products will offer new innovative solutions to customers all around the globe.”

Following the transaction, Rob Cain will continue to lead Adept and will report to Nigel Blakeway, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Omron Management Center of America, Inc., OMRON’s wholly owned United States subsidiary.

As global manufacturing comes under even more pressure to cut costs, shorten supply cycles and operate across global environments, production sites around the world strive to improve productivity. Increased use of labor-saving robots is one of the solutions. By adding the robotics technology of Adept to its current offering, OMRON will be very well positioned to provide manufacturers in the automotive, digital device, food and beverage, packaging, and other industries with solutions to these challenges, as well as engineering support.

Founded in 1983, Adept is listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol ADEP. The company recorded annual sales of $54.2 million and gross margin of 42.0% in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Adept is a leading U.S. based manufacturer of industrial robots. Adept’s intelligent automation product lines include autonomous mobile robots, industrial robots, configurable linear modules, machine controllers for robot mechanisms and other flexible automation equipment, as well as machine vision systems and software. Adept’s strategy is to provide a broad range of highly reliable integrated products along with world-class service to allow manufacturers to maximize productivity, safety, flexibility and product quality.

This acquisition is a part of the acceleration of OMRON’s “ILO+S” (Input, Logic, Output and Safety) strategy for its Industrial Automation Business, which provides automation solutions for the manufacturing industries.

OMRON currently has the most comprehensive automation product portfolio in the world that spans the spectrum of ILO+S for automation systems. By acquiring Adept, OMRON will further enhance this offering by adding R (robotics) and advancing its strategy to “ILO+S+R” to meet the needs of customers.

Robert W. Baird & Co. is acting as financial advisor to OMRON and Foley & Lardner LLP is acting as legal counsel. Mooreland Partners LLC is acting as financial advisor to Adept and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is acting as legal counsel.

About Adept Technology

Adept is a global, leading provider of intelligent robots, autonomous mobile robot solutions, and services that enable customers to achieve precision, speed, quality and productivity in their assembly, handling, packaging, testing, and logistical processes. With a comprehensive portfolio of high-performance motion controllers, application development software, vision-guidance technology and high-reliability robot mechanisms with autonomous capabilities, Adept provides specialized, cost-effective robotics systems and services to high-growth markets including medical, electronics, food and semiconductor; as well as to traditional industrial markets including machine tool automation and automotive components. More information is available at www.adept.com

About OMRON Corporation

OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation based on its core technology of sensing and control. OMRON’s business fields cover a broad spectrum, ranging from industrial automation and electronic components to automotive electronic components, social infrastructure systems, healthcare, and environmental solutions. Established in 1933, OMRON has about 39,000 employees worldwide, working to provide products and services in more than 110 countries and regions.

In the field of industrial automation, OMRON supports manufacturing innovation by providing advanced automation technology and products, as well as through extensive customer support, in order to help create a better society. For more information, visit OMRON’s website: www.omron.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Any statements made concerning the proposed transaction between Adept, Omron, Parent and Merger Sub, the expected timetable for completing the transaction, the successful integration of the business, the benefits of the transaction, future revenue and earnings and any other statements that are not purely historical fact are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such statements, including general economic and business conditions, conditions affecting the industries served by Adept, Omron, Parent and their respective subsidiaries, conditions affecting Adept’s, Omron’s or Parent’s customers and suppliers, competitor responses to Adept’s, Omron’s or Parent’s products and services, the overall market acceptance of such products and services, the integration of the businesses and other factors disclosed in Adept’s periodic reports filed with the SEC. Consequently, such forward-looking statements should be regarded as Adept’s and Parent’s current plans, estimates and beliefs. Neither Adept nor Omron, Parent or Merger Sub assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this report, except as expressly required by law.

Additional Information and Where You Can Find It

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. The tender offer for the outstanding shares of Adept’s common stock described in this communication has not commenced. At the time the tender offer is commenced, Omron will file or cause to be filed a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Adept will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC related to the tender offer. The Tender Offer Statement (including an Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and other tender offer documents) and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will contain important information that should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer. Those materials will be made available to Adept’s stockholders at no expense to them by the information agent to the tender offer, which will be announced. In addition, all of those materials (and any other documents filed with the SEC) will be available at no charge on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Contact information

For media inquiries, please contact:
Omron Management Center of America, Inc.:
Edelman US, Brett Philbin
+1-212-704-8263
brett.philbin@edelman.com
or
OMRON Corporation:
Edelman Japan, Yoko Kato
+81-3-4360-9000
yoko.kato@edelman.com
or
Adept Technology, Inc.
Seth Halio, CFO, +1-925-245-3400
Investor.relations@adept.com

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