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Eurocontrol Announces Major Operational Changes and Updates Strategic Process
TORONTO, July 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eurocontrol Technics Group Inc. (TSX Venture: EUO; OTCQB: EUCTF) (“Eurocontrol” or the “Company”) announces that it plans to discontinue operating in Israel through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries, Xenemetrix Limited (“Xenemetrix”), Croptimal Ltd. and XwinSys Technology Development Ltd. The board of directors of the Company, on the recommendation of its special committee, unanimously determined that this change is in the best interests of the Company, after measures taken by management to reduce operating costs and to create a viable model for continued operations of these entities have not produced results that justify further investment by the Company in these operations, or made available any superior alternative. As a result, the Company plans to continue to consider and evaluate strategic alternatives, including potential investment opportunities and other value-enhancing transactions, and remains focused on maintaining a strong balance sheet throughout this ongoing process.
The operating changes are expected to result in the termination of all employees and contractors in Israel. In addition, Doron Reinis will terminate his services as Chief Operating Officer and in due course as a director or officer of the Company’s Israeli subsidiaries, and will assist in their wind down. As a part of this process, the Company is working with employees at the affected operations to ensure an orderly implementation of decisions.
“Our board has taken a hard look at our business and operations in an effort to improve performance and transform our Company. After a thorough review of our performance and investment in Israel and careful consideration of the implications of all options, management was unable to find a realistic scenario that would enable the Israeli subsidiaries to achieve sustained profitability in the coming years. With disappointment, our board of directors has determined that it is in the best interest of the Company and our shareholders to exit the Israeli market and focus on new opportunities for our business,” said Paul Wood, the Company’s Interim Chief Executive Officer.
In connection with these operational changes, the Company and Xenemetrix have entered into a comprehensive agreement with SICPA Finance SA (“SICPA Finance”), SICPA SA, and SICPA Global Fluids Integrity SA (“GFI”), pursuant to which the parties have terminated, with immediate effect, the surviving material agreements entered into between them in connection with the purchase and sale transaction (the “GFI Transaction”) in which SICPA Finance acquired GFI from the Company in January 2016. The termination agreement was entered into by the Company to help facilitate an orderly transition of its business, eliminate risk and to strengthen its short-term cash position.
Under the terms of the agreement, SICPA Finance has agreed to pay the Company a total of $3,400,000 in full satisfaction of all of the remaining net revenue based earn-out obligations owed by it to the Company in connection with the GFI Transaction, payable in instalments of $800,000, $1,300,000 and $1,300,000 on August 2, 2018, October 1, 2018 and January 3, 2019, respectively. Each of the parties have also agreed to terminate the related purchase agreement and exclusive supply agreement, and release each other from all claims and liabilities in connection therewith.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with SICPA as an important step in facilitating the transition of our business. While the amount of the termination payments that we will now receive from SICPA Finance represents a present value discount to the minimum earn-out amounts that were otherwise payable, we believe that the Company’s near term improved cash position and, after the cash costs to discontinue Israeli operations, the expected significant reduction in our operating expenses, will enhance value and provide greater flexibility in pursuing potential transactions to support the long-term growth of our Company.”
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.
Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains “forward-looking statements”. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this news release, regarding Eurocontrol’s strategy, future operations, possible strategic transactions, financial position, prospects, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the words “plan,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. These forward-looking statements are based on Eurocontrol’s current expectations and assumptions about future events and are based on currently available information as to the outcome and timing of future events. As such, actual results, performance, or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and accordingly, no assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits or negative impact they will have on Eurocontrol and its shareholders.