Division’s newest product, the BreezeCOMPACT, is a unique small footprint solution offering significant OPEX and CAPEX savings to operators
Tel Aviv, Israel, February 21, 2013 – Alvarion® Ltd. (NASDAQ: ALVR), a global provider of optimized wireless broadband solutions addressing the connectivity, coverage and capacity challenges of public and private networks, has entered into a definitive agreement with Telrad Networks, a leading international provider of innovative telecommunication solutions, pursuant to which Telrad Networks will acquire Alvarion’s carrier licensed division. The consideration in the transaction will be $6.1 million. In addition, Alvarion may receive certain performance-based milestone payments of up to $6 million.
“We at Telrad are very excited to integrate Alvarion’s carrier licensed division as a core growth engine for our business,” said Ran Bukshpan, CEO, Telrad Networks. “We believe that Alvarion’s broadband wireless access portfolio will become a significant building block in Telrad’s future. We are committed to the ongoing innovation of the BreezeCOMPACT family and have plans to continue investing in this platform, including TD-LTE Advanced capabilities. Telrad is dedicated to continue serving Alvarion’s impressive customer base, and we welcome the Alvarion employees who will join the Telrad family as part of this acquisition. Together we can successfully execute the growth plans we have for Telrad.”
Alvarion’s carrier licensed business started over 15 years ago and has amassed extensive commercial, technological and operational experience and know-how. Its most recent product offering – the BreezeCOMPACT family – offers a unique single-box architecture, all-outdoor chassis, small footprint and lower installation costs. The single-box architecture reduces OPEX and CAPEX by providing true macro base station performance in an optimized all-outdoor/all-in-one small form factor. The BreezeCOMPACT is TD-LTE Advanced-ready with a software upgrade. Launched during the second quarter of 2012, the BreezeCOMPACT has been successfully deployed by tier one and tier two operators in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa.
“We believe that this transaction is in the best interest of our shareholders, our carrier licensed business, our customers and our employees. Telrad’s intention with respect to future investments, particularly the development of TD-LTE Advanced capabilities for the BreezeCOMPACT, will enable them to offer our customers cutting edge technologies and provide the optimum solutions and service,” said Hezi Lapid, President and CEO, Alvarion. “Following today’s announcement we will now focus our business on carrier-grade solutions in the unlicensed frequencies. This new focus will allow us to concentrate our resources and attention on our target markets and on successfully completing our turnaround plan.”
Alvarion and Telrad Networks have also agreed to sign a reseller agreement according to which Alvarion will continue to provide carrier licensed solutions to its partners and distributors and Telrad will provide Alvarion’s unlicensed solutions to its carrier customers after the transaction is completed.
Consummation of the transaction is subject to certain closing conditions and is expected to occur during the second quarter of 2013.
Yigal Arnon & Co. served as Telrad’s legal counsel and Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal served as Alvarion’s legal counsel.
About Telrad Networks
Telrad Networks provides innovative telecom equipment, solutions and services which facilitate communications between millions of end-users worldwide. Combining technological expertise with a dedication to customer service, Telrad provides provisioning, implementation and management for over 100 leading global telecom operators and major enterprises. Telrad Networks operates in over 30 countries, with regional headquarters in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Telrad Networks is owned by private equity fund Fortissimo Capital. (www.telrad.com)
About Fortissimo Capital
Fortissimo Capital, headquartered in Israel, is a group of private equity funds with nearly $500 million under management that invests in global technology companies that require capital to expand their business. Fortissimo Capital is a long term investor and seeks to partner with management to facilitate growth and maximize value. Fortissimo is backed by leading financial institutions including insurance companies, banks and pension funds. Fortissimo has successfully exited several of its portfolio companies, including selling NUR Macroprinters (Nasdaq: NURM) to HP (NYSE: HPQ) for $123 million, selling Cadent to Align Technologies (Nasdaq: ALGN) for $190 million, selling AOD Software to a USA private equity firm, and the IPO of SodaStream (Nasdaq: SODA) and selling its holdings at a valuation of $800 million. The partners in the fund are: Yuval Cohen (founding and managing partner), Eli Blatt, Shmoulik Barashi, Marc Lesnick, Yochai Hacohen and Yoav Hineman. (www.ffcapital.com)
Alvarion Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALVR) provides optimized wireless broadband solutions addressing the connectivity, coverage and capacity challenges of telecom operators, smart cities, security, and enterprise customers. Our innovative solutions are based on multiple technologies across licensed and unlicensed spectrums. (www.alvarion.com)
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