Monday, May 30, 2005 5:00 AM
CIMATRON ACQUIRES 27.5% OF MICROSYSTEM, ITS ITALIAN DISTRIBUTOR, WITH AN OPTION TO ACQUIRE UP TO 100% FROM MICROSYSTEM SHAREHOLDERS
Givat Shmuel, Israel, – May 30, 2005 – Cimatron Limited (NASDAQ: CIMT), a leading provider of integrated, quoting-to-delivery CAD/CAM solutions for the tooling industry, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Microsystem Srl, its Italian distributor, to acquire 27.5% of its shares. Under the agreement, Cimatron will also receive an option to acquire up to 100% of Microsystem from Microsystem's shareholders within the next 2 years.
Microsystem is a software distributor in Italy that focuses on the tooling and manufacturing industry. Founded in 1980, with headquarters in Bologna and offices in Italy's main industrial districts - Milan, Turin, Treviso, and Ancona, the Company provides products, pre- and post-sales technical support and consulting services for its customers.
Microsystem's business model focuses on offering a wide range of services, including sophisticated complementary third-party products, enabling Microsystem to serve very large organizations. Microsystem also develops and markets several dedicated vertical applications for tool makers, including ShoeExpress, a best-in-class CAD application for shoe and heel makers, operating in conjunction with the CimatronE system.
The transaction is designed to significantly enhance Microsystem's financial position and balance sheet. Under the terms of the agreement, Cimatron will pay 575,000 Euro for 27.5% of Microsystem's capital and will receive an option from Microsystem's shareholders to acquire up to 100% of Microsystem's capital. Microsystem's marketing, sales, and support groups will remain in their current offices throughout Italy. Mr. Enrico Gardini, Microsystem's founder, President and CEO will join Cimatron's management team.
Zvika Naggan, Cimatron's President and CEO said: "This step shows our commitment to the Italian market and to the complete-solution offering for toolmakers, endorsed and promoted both by Microsystem and by Cimatron, in line with our value proposition to customers, from quoting to delivery "
Enrico Gardini, Microsystem's President and CEO stated: "We believe that Cimatron's market recognition, its leading R&D team, and global presence will strengthen Microsystem. We believe that both our customers and employees will greatly benefit from this transaction."
Cimatron is the leading provider of integrated, quoting-to-delivery CAD/CAM solutions for the tooling industry. Cimatron is committed to providing mold, tool and die makers with comprehensive, cost-effective solutions that streamline manufacturing cycles, enable collaboration with outside vendors, and ultimately shorten product delivery time. Worldwide, more than 8,500 customers, with installations in the automotive, consumer plastics, and electronics industries, employ Cimatron's cutting-edge CAD/CAM solutions for manufacturing. Founded in 1982, Cimatron is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol CIMT. Cimatron's subsidiaries and extensive distribution network are located in over 35 countries to serve customers worldwide with complete pre- and post-sales support.
Microsystem is a distributor and developer of software solutions for the manufacturing industry . Founded in 1980, with headquarters in Bologna, Microsystem started distributing CAD/CAM systems in 1984, subsequently broadening its offering with other products to cover all phases of the design and manufacturing cycle. Microsytem is a provider of complete solutions and services with high technological value. With more than 20 years' experience in the market and thousands of installations, Microsystem has built relations of true partnership with its customers, who can rely on a careful attention to their needs and superior technical support.
This press release includes forward looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act Of 1995, which are subject to risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such statements may relate to the company's plans, objectives and expected financial and operating results. The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward looking statements include, but are not limited to: currency fluctuations, global economic and political conditions, marketing demand for Cimatron products and services, long sales cycle, new product development, assimilating future acquisitions, maintaining relationships with customers and partners, and increased competition. For more details about the risks and uncertainties of the business, refer to the Company's filings, with the Securities and Exchanges Commission. Cimatron undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.