Optelecom-NKF to Be Acquired by Dutch Company

GERMANTOWN, Md. — Video surveillance systems provider Optelecom-NKF Inc. announced today it had agreed to be acquired by Dutch technology company TKH Group NV in an all-cash deal valued at about $9.1 million.

The offer price of $2.45 per share is 59 percent over Optelecom’s NASDAQ closing price of $1.54 on Wednesday, the company said, and 73 percent above the average close in the past 30 trading days.

TKH is a provider of telecom, building and industrial solutions. The deal is seen as enhancing TKH’s standing in the infrastructure, transport and public transit markets while helping its goal to generate additional revenues from security solutions, TKH CEO Alexander van der Lof said in a statement.

“Optelecom-NKF’s customers get access to the broad portfolio of TKH’s security solutions. With a strong focus on R&D at both companies, a further leading position in the security segment is aimed for,” van der Lof said. “The internationally focused sales activities of Optelecom-NKF are in line with TKH’s objective to increase the turnover generated by the security solutions to 20 percent of the total turnover.”

In a time of increasing consolidation within the global security industry, the transaction represents value for Optelecom-NKF shareholders and a good strategic fit for the company, according to Dave Patterson, president and CEO of Optelecom-NKF.

“The knowledge components and techniques of TKH companies are combined to create innovative solutions to customer needs. As a member of TKH, this approach will enable Optelecom-NKF to provide complete security solutions to our customers, increasing the value we can add through our strong network of relationships,” Patterson said.

Seale Capital Inc. served as financial advisors to Optelecom-NKF. Optelecom-NKF said the its board had unanimously approved the deal. The transaction is not subject to any financing conditions.

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