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Verizon to expand into mHealth, cars and home automation as it buys Hughes Telematics for US$612m
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Verizon to expand into mHealth, cars and home automation as it buys Hughes Telematics for US$612m

Posted by Jeremy CowanJune 1, 2012

New York and Atlanta, USA. June 1, 2012 – Verizon Communications Inc. and Hughes Telematics, Inc. today announced a definitive merger agreement under which Verizon will acquire Hughes Telematics, Inc. (HTI) for $12.00 per share in cash, or a total of $612 million. The transaction will expand Verizon’s capabilities in the automotive and fleet telematics marketplace and accelerate growth in key vertical segments, including emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) services applications driven by consumer trends and increasingly connected lifestyles.

HTI is a leader in implementing the next generation of connected services for vehicles, centered on a core platform of safety, security, convenience and infotainment offerings. The company offers a portfolio of services through its commercial fleet, aftermarket and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) offerings as well products and services for mHealth providers and users.

The Board of Directors of HTI has unanimously approved the transaction upon the recommendation of its special committee, and the transaction was unanimously approved by the directors of Verizon present and voting. The transaction has also been approved by a written consent executed by holders of a majority of HTI’s voting shares. The transaction is subject to the expiration or early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust waiting period and other customary closing conditions.

The merger, which had not been anticipated by the market, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012, and Verizon plans to retain the existing management team and operate the new unit as a subsidiary within Verizon and to operate it as part of its Verizon Enterprise Solutions group. The business will continue to be headquartered in Atlanta.

“We expect M2M and telematics to drive significant growth for Verizon and we’re taking an important step forward to accelerate solutions that will unlock more opportunities for existing and new HTI and Verizon customers,” says John Stratton (pictured), president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Joining Hughes Telematics’ robust service delivery platform and suite of applications with our existing assets will create a premier set of capabilities. In powerful combination with Verizon’s global IP network, cloud, mobility and security solutions, Hughes Telematics’ flexible service delivery platform has the potential to reach beyond the automotive and transportation realm to create new opportunities in mHealth, asset tracking and home automation.”

HTI will play a key role in Verizon’s strategy to offer platform-based solutions tailored to specific industries. Earlier this year Verizon launched a new practice focused on developing telematics solutions that leverage the company’s cloud and information technology (IT), security, global IP (internet protocol) network and communications, and mobility and M2M technology platforms.

Jeff Leddy, CEO of HTI, says, “This transaction provides Hughes Telematics’ stockholders with a substantial premium over today’s market price of our common stock. We are proud to join a world-class organisation like Verizon which will help us continue to build and expand on our industry-leading services. This combination represents an exciting opportunity to accelerate our innovation of new services and global growth and to bring these services to more customers and industries worldwide.”

Verizon Enterprise Solutions aims to create global connections that generate growth and drive business innovation. The company has industry-specific solutions and a full range of global wholesale offerings offered over its secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms.

Verizon was represented by UBS Investment Bank and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. HTI was represented by Barclays and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and the special committee of the Board of Directors of HTI was represented by Moelis & Company LLC and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) is headquartered in New York and is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless has 93 million retail customers across America. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over an advanced fibre-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a workforce of nearly 192,000.

Hughes Telematics, Inc. (OTCBB: HUTC) offers a portfolio of location-based services for consumers, manufacturers, fleets and dealers through two-way wireless connectivity. In-Drive®, HTI’s aftermarket solution, offers safety, security, convenience, maintenance and data services. Networkfleet, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of HTI located in San Diego, California, offers remote vehicle diagnostics, an integrated GPS tracking and emissions monitoring system for wireless fleet vehicle management. A majority owned subsidiary of HTI, Lifecomm, located in Atlanta, Georgia, plans to offer mobile personal emergency response services through a wearable lightweight device with one-touch access to emergency assistance.

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