AudioCodes Announces Agreement to Acquire Nuera Communications
Proposed Combination Strengthens Position in Voice over Broadband, Accelerates Growth and Adds Scale
Lod, Israel – May 16, 2006 – AudioCodes (NASDAQ: AUDC), a leading provider of Voice over Packet (VoP) technologies and Voice Network products, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nuera Communications, Inc., a leading provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) infrastructure solutions for broadband and long distance with an extensive client base in North America as well as in Asia and Europe.
"This Agreement with Nuera places AudioCodes in a stronger position in the Cable and Voice over Broadband markets and in particular in North America and Asia," said Shabtai Adlersberg, Chairman, President and CEO of AudioCodes. "We are also pleased to welcome Nuera’s employees to the AudioCodes team. Together we will create a more capable, larger scale VoIP equipment provider in North America to serve Service Providers and support our Network Equipment Providers in cable, wireless, and wireline markets and we will offer best of breed media gateway carrier grade products to a wider group of customers."
"Joining AudioCodes, a leading independent provider of VoIP media gateways and media servers, is a natural step for Nuera's customers and employees," said Bill Ingram, President and CEO of Nuera. "Given our success in Voice over Broadband, market trends of convergence within IMS and AudioCodes' wider suite of products, I am confident that our customers, employees and partners will be pleased with this move.”
The consideration for this transaction will consist of payment of $85 million in cash to the stockholders of Nuera, subject to reduction for certain expenses, plus an earn out arrangement under which AudioCodes has agreed to pay up to an additional $5 million if Nuera achieves certain revenue milestones during the first 12 months after consummation of the transaction. Following the transaction, Nuera will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of AudioCodes
The transaction is expected to be consummated at the end of the second quarter or early in the third quarter of this year, and is subject to usual and customary conditions for transactions of this nature, including regulatory approvals. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies and by the stockholders of Nuera.
Conference Call and Web Cast
AudioCodes management will host a conference call to discuss the transaction which will be webcast live today, May 16, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Investors are invited to listen to the live call by dialing 1-800-938-1019 in the United States or by dialing 1-706-679-0777 when calling internationally. Investors worldwide may also listen to the call live via webcast by visiting AudioCodes' Website at www.audiocodes.com. Please go to the Website at least 15 minutes early to register, download, and install any necessary audio software.
A replay of the call will also be made available approximately 2 hours after the call has concluded. Participants may access the conference call replay by phone through May 30, 2006 by dialing 1-800-642-1687 in the United States or by dialing 1-706-645-9291 when calling internationally and entering access code 9396324. A webcast replay of the call will also be made available and can be accessed by visiting AudioCodes' Website.
About Nuera Communications
Nuera Communications designs, manufactures and sells packet voice gateways to communication service providers worldwide. These products work over any medium (cable, wireless, copper and fiber). Nuera’s ORCA (Open Reliable Communications Architecture) product portfolio of VoIP gateways, softswitches, and management systems provide telephony solutions for cable and DSL networks, international long distance networks and enterprise networks. Nuera is a leader in the broadband telephony market. For more information, please visit www.nuera.com.