The transaction, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2012, is subject to, among other things, approval by Stratasys shareholders, registration of the Objet shares issuable to Stratasys shareholders with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and the satisfaction of regulatory requirements and other customary closing conditions. The approval by the Objet shareholders is required for certain actions related to the Merger. Stratasys has entered into a voting agreement with the Objet shareholders holding the requisite majority for said actions to secure the vote. The transaction will be taxable to Stratasys shareholders.
Preliminary First Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Today, Stratasys also announced preliminary financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. For the first quarter Stratasys expects to report revenue of approximately $45.0 million, a 31 percent increase compared with $34.3 million reported during the same period last year. Stratasys also expects to report non-GAAP net income of approximately $5.6 million to $6.3 million for the first quarter, or $0.27 to $0.29 per share, compared with $4.4 million, or $0.21 per share reported during the same period of last year. GAAP net income for the first quarter is expected to be approximately $4.3 million to $4.7 million, or $0.20 to $0.22 per share, compared with $5.0 million, or $0.23 per share, reported during the same period of last year. These numbers are preliminary and represent the most current information available to management. Stratasys plans to provide full financial results and updated 2012 guidance for Stratasys on a standalone basis during its first quarter financial results conference call scheduled for May 9, 2012. Items excluded in the non-GAAP calculation include amortization expense related to the acquisition of Solidscape, Inc. intangible assets; stock compensation expense; the gain on sale of an equity investment during the first quarter 2011; and the expenses associated with the company’s current efforts to combine with Objet Ltd.
Conference Call and Webcast
A conference call to discuss the transaction is scheduled for April 16, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. Central Time / 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time / 3:30 p.m. Israel Time. To participate by telephone, the U.S. dial-in number is (888) 562-3654, and the international dial-in is (973) 582-2703. Please reference conference ID# 70816946. Participants are advised to dial into the call at least ten minutes prior to the call start time to register. The conference call will be also available via live webcast on the Stratasys and Objet web sites at www.stratasys.com under the “Investors” tab and http://www.objet.com/NEWS_EVENTS/Press_Releases/Merger/.
A presentation will accompany the conference call and will be posted ten minutes prior to the start of the call. These slides may be accessed on the Stratasys and Objet websites.
A replay of this conference call may be accessed by webcast or by telephone. To access the replay, please dial (800) 585-8367 (U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and reference conference ID# 70816946. The replay and webcast will be available through April 30, 2012.
Piper Jaffray & Co. is acting as financial advisor to Stratasys and rendered an opinion, from a financial point of view, as to the fairness to the Stratasys shareholders of the exchange ratio provided for in the merger. The firms McLaughlin & Stern, LLP, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Latham & Watkins LLP, and Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co. are acting as Stratasys’ legal advisors. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as financial advisor to Objet and the firms Meitar Liquornik Geva & Leshem Brandwein and Cooley LLP are acting as its legal advisors.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
All statements herein that are not historical facts or that include such words as “expects,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “estimates,” “vision,” “could,” “potential,” “plan”, “intends”, “desires”, “assume” or “believes” or similar words constitute forward-looking statements covered by the safe harbor protection of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except for the historical information herein, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These include statements regarding the expected timing and ultimate closing of the merger with Objet, as well as the financial and operating results of the combined company after, and the anticipated benefits of, the merger; the size of the 3D printing market; our objectives for the marketing and sale of our Dimension® and uPrint® 3D Printers; our support removal systems; and our Fortus® 3D Production Systems, particularly for use in direct digital manufacturing (DDM); the demand for our proprietary consumables; the expansion of our paid parts service; and our beliefs with respect to the growth in the demand for our products. Actual results may differ from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which may cause our actual results to differ materially from those discussed in a forward-looking statement. Risks and uncertainties that may affect our business include our ability to penetrate the 3D printing market; the success of our distribution agreement with HP; our ability to achieve the growth rates experienced in preceding quarters; our ability to introduce, produce and market consumable materials, and the market acceptance of these materials; the impact of competitive products and pricing; our timely development of new products and materials and market acceptance of those products and materials; the success of our recent R&D initiative to expand the DDM capabilities of our core FDM technology; the success of our RedEye On Demand™
and other paid parts services; our ability to obtain the necessary approvals, including the affirmative vote of the Stratasys shareholders, and to satisfy the necessary closing conditions in order to successfully close the merger; our ability to successfully integrate and market the combined company’s products; the combined company’s ability to achieve the expected revenue targets, the combined company’s ability to attract and retain management; and the combined company’s ability to protect and defend intellectual property. These statements represent beliefs and expectations only as of the date they were made. We may elect to update forward-looking statements, but we expressly disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our beliefs and expectations change. In addition to the statements described above, such forward-looking statements are subject to the risks and uncertainties described more fully in our reports filed or to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.