17th November 2010

Imagination Technologies plc – Acquisition Announcement

Imagination to acquire HelloSoft, a leading global provider of Video and Voice over Internet Protocol and wireless LAN technologies, for a maximum consideration of $47 million


Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE: IMG, “Imagination” or “the Group”), a leading multimedia, communications and embedded processor technology company, has conditionally agreed to acquire HelloSoft, one of the world’s leading providers of Video and Voice over Internet Protocol (“V.VoIP”) and wireless LAN technologies, for a maximum consideration of $47 million.

The Group has also announced today a cash placing of up to 12,208,950 new ordinary shares to new and existing shareholders and an update on current trading – see separate announcements for details.

Highlights

  • Provides access to leading edge and highly respected V.VoIP technology
  • Complements Imagination’s existing and successful POWERVR multimedia processing IP cores to enable optimized end-to-end media-over-internet protocol solution
  • Secures full control of Wi-Fi technology and roadmap that is already used by Imagination in relation to its Universal Programmable Communication Platform
  • Secures access to new channels in the telecommunications market to operators/service providers and OEMs/product companies which operate at a higher level in the overall technology value chain
  • Adds a capable management team to complement Imagination’s existing resources and help to further scale the company for the ongoing growth, client coverage and relationships
  • Maximum consideration of $47.1 million
    • Approximately $20.2 million upfront cash payment
    • Up to $26.9 million performance related over next three years – approximately $9.5 million in new Imagination ordinary shares and up to $17.4 million in cash
  • HelloSoft’s founder and CEO, Krishna Yarlagadda will become President, Imagination Technologies USA
  • All of the cash element of the consideration to be satisfied by the proceeds of a cash placing, launched today as referred to above

Hossein Yassaie, Chief Executive Officer, Imagination said:

“Having already worked together as technology partners for a number of years, I am delighted that the HelloSoft’s team has agreed to join forces with Imagination. Together we will be able to deliver a leading edge and seamless media and connectivity proposition that will ride and drive the emerging trends, accelerate time-to-market, enhance the quality of the result and ultimately benefit our customers.

“HelloSoft has exciting technology which together with our market-leading multimedia and processing capabilities will enable us to deliver media (audio, video, voice and graphics) to connected devices whether mobile, within homes or across enterprises. We expect to deliver other complementary and strategic combinations in due course.”

Krishna Yarlagadda, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, HelloSoft said:

“I have been most impressed with Imagination’s vision, technological capabilities and achievements and hugely look forward to contributing directly to one of the most exciting companies in our industry.

“I am certain the leverage that is gained by bringing HelloSoft’s leading edge technology alongside Imagination’s strong and well-respected offering will accelerate delivery of industry-changing solutions and will significantly benefit all of our customers.”

Strategic opportunity
Delivery of media (audio, video, voice and graphics) to connected devices is increasingly becoming a key aspect of many modern businesses whether targeting mobile, home or enterprise markets.

Among the key technological changes in this area are

  • the migration of many networks from circuit-switching (2G, 3G, traditional phone land lines) to packet switching, more commonly referred to as Internet Protocol (“IP”) based delivery, which include Wi-Fi, LTE and all other modern communication standards.
  • the growing relevance of wireless Wi-Fi to connectivity in the home, on the move (mobile devices and hotspots) and at work. This technology is set to evolve through further advancements and multi-antenna (MIMO) to address much higher data rates and become an even more important platform for connectivity in the future.

Driven by the above industry dynamics, Imagination expects the revenue streams for HelloSoft’s products, which provide leading edge solutions to enable such changes, to build progressively as markets emerge and grow.

Given Imagination’s strong position in multimedia processing cores and growing penetration in client devices using such technologies in markets across mobile, home and enterprise and also its leading position in multi-standard programmable communication technology, the Board believes the acquisition of HelloSoft will achieve a number of Imagination’s objectives by:

  • providing access to leading-edge V.VoIP technology that, with the migration to internet protocol networks, is of increasing importance in all key markets Imagination addresses including mobile handsets, home TVs/STBs/connected terminals, and PC/Tablets/Netbooks
  • combining HelloSoft’s technology and Imagination’s multimedia processing cores can offer an optimized end-to-end solution for media-over-internet protocol delivery which is becoming important to all connected devices
  • opening up the path for wider and deeper engagement with other parts of the telecommunications, consumer and the general technology value-chain including the handset OEMs and network/service operators which can take advantage of HelloSoft’s market-leading software stack in media delivery and communications
  • in combination with Imagination’s Ensigma Universal Communications Core Processor (“UCCP”) Platforms, provide a comprehensive and market-leading Wi-Fi technology solution, and complete a fundamental part of Imagination’s “connected home” roadmap. The emergence of internet-connected and smart TVs and set-top boxes is dependent on easy-to-deploy and high performance home connectivity which is strengthened through this acquisition
  • strengthening Imagination’s R&D position in the Indian market and accessing cost-effective global talent
  • adding a high quality and innovative management team, particularly in North America, to complement Imagination’s existing client coverage and relationships and help to further scale the company for its ongoing growth

HelloSoft
HelloSoft (www.hellosoft.com) is one of the world’s leading providers of V.VoIP and wireless LAN technologies. HelloSoft supplies both software and semiconductor connectivity intellectual property to semiconductor manufacturers, and supplies software intellectual property to major ODMs/OEMs and also to tier 1 service providers/operators who offer VoIP and Video over IP services. The HelloSoft business model is based on licensing fees and royalty payments.

HelloSoft has a workforce of 85 people including an R&D facility in Hyderabad, India with corporate and sales offices in San Jose, California in the heart of Silicon Valley, with sales distributors and representatives worldwide.

HelloSoft is led by company founder and CEO, Krishna Yarlagadda, who is supported by an experienced and highly innovative team. Imagination expects Krishna and his team to continue to remain actively involved in developing the HelloSoft product set. In addition Krishna Yarlagadda will assume the role of President, Imagination Technologies USA.

In the 12 months to 31 December 2009, HelloSoft generated $1.85 million (c. £1.15 million) in revenue and a loss before tax of $2.34 million (c. £1.45 million). As at 31 December 2009, HelloSoft had a net cash position of $0.82 million. The current run-rate annualised operating costs of HelloSoft are approximately $4.0 million (£2.5 million). HelloSoft had gross assets of $3.65 million as at 31 December 2009.

Funding and financial effects of the acquisition
Completion of the acquisition is conditional on the satisfaction of certain conditions as set out in the acquisition documentation (including, inter alia, the approval of the acquisition by HelloSoft’s shareholders) and is expected to take place during December 2010.

The total maximum consideration is $47.1 million (c. £29.4 million), structured as approximately $20.2 million (£12.6 million) up front cash payment and up to approximately $26.9 million (£16.8 million) additional consideration over the subsequent three years, mainly conditional on achievement of certain financial performance criteria.

Of the additional consideration, up to approximately $9.5 million (£5.9 million) would be satisfied via the issue of new Imagination shares and up to approximately $17.4 million (£10.9 million) would be in cash. The total maximum cash consideration of approximately $37.6 million (£23.5 million) will be satisfied from the net proceeds of a cash placing of up to 12,208,950 shares launched by Imagination today.

Based on current business prospects, Imagination expects the acquisition of HelloSoft to be marginally dilutive to earnings per share for the current financial year before the impact of the placing.

Enquiries
Imagination Technologies Group PLC
Hossein Yassaie, CEO
Trevor Selby, CFO
Tel: 01923 260511

College Hill Associates
Adrian Duffield/Carl Franklin
Tel: 020 7457 2020

Conference Call
There will be an analyst conference call at 8.00am – please contact Lucy Moseley at lucy.moseley@collegehill.com or on telephone number 020 7457 2040.

Imagination description
Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE: IMG) – a global leader in multimedia and communication technologies – creates and licenses market-leading processor cores for graphics, video, multi-threaded embedded processing/DSP and multi-standard communications applications. These silicon intellectual property solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by platform-level IP and services, a strong array of software tools and drivers and extensive developer and middleware ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone, handheld multimedia, home consumer entertainment, mobile and low-power computing, and in-car electronics. Its licensees include many of the leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies. Imagination has corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide.


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