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3M acquires Cogent

Posted: 01 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:biometric? security? acquisition?

3M and Cogent Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Cogent Inc. by 3M. The proposed transaction is $10.50 per share, for an aggregate value of approximately $943 million, or approximately $430 million net of cash acquired. Cogent Inc., or Cogent Systems, is a provider of finger, palm, face and iris biometric systems.

The agreement provides for a subsidiary of 3M to commence a tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of Cogent Systems within ten business days.

The Board of Directors of Cogent Systems has unanimously recommended that the shareholders of Cogent Systems accept the offer and Mr. Ming Hsieh, Cogent Systems' founder and CEO, and certain entities affiliated with him have agreed to tender their shares to the offer. The offer will be subject to the tender of a majority of Cogent Systems' shares and to certain other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of the year.

Cogent Systems participates in the $4 billion global biometric market, which is projected to grow at a rate greater than 20 percent per year. Its Automated Fingerprint/Palmprint Identification Systems, or AFIS, enable customers to capture fingerprint and palm print images electronically, encode prints into searchable files, and accurately compare a set of fingerprints/palm prints to a database containing potentially millions of prints in seconds.

Identification and authentication solutions from 3M include border management products; document manufacturing and issuance systems for IDs, passports, and visas; document readers and verification products; and security materials, such as laminates, to protect against counterfeiting and tampering.

On a GAAP reported basis, 3M estimates the acquisition to be $0.09 to $0.10 dilutive to earnings in the first 12 months following completion of the transaction. Excluding purchase accounting adjustments and anticipated integration expenses, 3M estimates the acquisition to be $0.01 to $0.02 accretive to earnings over the same period. First year EBITDA, excluding purchase accounting and integration costs, is expected to be approximately 35 percent-to-sales.

With approximately $130 million in revenue in 2009, Cogent Systems is based in Pasadena, Calif., and employs approximately 500 people. The company has operations in Ohio, Virginia, Austria, Canada, China, and the United Kingdom. Cogent Systems would be part of 3M's Security Systems Division. Ming Hsieh will remain an integral part of the combined business going forward.

J.P. Morgan acted as exclusive financial advisor to 3M; Credit Suisse and Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as financial advisors to Cogent Systems.





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