Friday, April 20th 2012

DTS to Acquire SRS Labs in Cash-and-Stock Transaction

DTS, Inc., a leader in high-definition audio, and SRS Labs, Inc., a leader in audio processing and enhancement technologies, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which DTS will acquire all outstanding shares of SRS Labs in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $9.50 per share, or a total of approximately $148 million in aggregate equity value, including acquired net cash of approximately $38 million as of December 31, 2011. The consideration represents a premium of 38% per share over SRS Labs' stock price as of the close of trading on April 16, 2012.

Under the terms of the agreement, the cash and stock components will each equal 50% of the aggregate consideration paid by DTS for SRS Labs' outstanding shares. The DTS common stock to be issued in the transaction was valued at $30.52 per share, the closing price per share of DTS common stock on April 12, 2012. All SRS Labs options and restricted stock units will fully vest immediately prior to and be canceled upon the closing of the transaction, and the holders thereof will be entitled to receive the $9.50 price per share (less the exercise price of any option) payable in cash.

The transaction combines two highly complementary product and technology portfolios, bringing together DTS' suite of audio solutions and SRS Labs' range of audio processing technologies. Through the transaction, DTS will expand its already sizeable portfolio of audio-related intellectual property, creating one of the broadest in the industry with over 1,000 registered and pending patents and trademarks. The combination accelerates DTS' strategy to provide customers with a best-in-class, comprehensive integrated suite of audio solutions ranging from voice processing through audio rendering, and from low bit rate applications to high-quality lossless audio delivery. The combination is anticipated to fast-track DTS' expansion in the rapidly growing markets for mobile and other network-connected devices, while significant operating, customer and licensing cost efficiencies are expected to be realized.

"This transaction represents an exciting extension of our strategic focus on the compelling long-term opportunities being driven by cloud-based entertainment delivery and the proliferation of connected devices, enabling DTS to accelerate our expansion in the key growth areas of mobile and other network-connected device markets, as well as to drive innovation and create significant near- and long-term value for our shareholders," said Jon Kirchner, DTS' chairman and CEO. "SRS Labs and its strong portfolio of audio processing technologies are a natural strategic fit for DTS, with complementary technologies, robust anticipated customer synergies, and significant economies of scale. This transaction will accelerate DTS' delivery of compelling end-to-end solutions to a broad base of customers, enable even higher levels of service, and provide the Company with a solid platform for continued growth."

"We are pleased to provide our shareholders an attractive premium," said Thomas C.K. Yuen, SRS Labs' chairman, CEO and president. "As consumers increasingly demand higher quality audio experiences everywhere from their mobile devices to their homes, this combination benefits our customers and employees by creating significant scale and penetrating new markets. We look forward to making the collective resources of a larger company available to our customers around the world, who will also benefit from superior customer service."

DTS expects the transaction to be accretive on a GAAP basis by 2013, supported by at least $8 million in estimated annual combined cost synergies. Combined pro forma revenue for the Company for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 was $129.8 million.

Transaction Details

Under the terms of the agreement, SRS Labs shareholders may elect to receive either $9.50 per share in cash or a fixed ratio of 0.31127 shares of DTS common stock for every share of SRS Labs common stock they own, subject to proration and adjustment as described in the definitive agreement. The cash and stock components will each equal 50% of the aggregate consideration paid for SRS Labs common stock, with shares of DTS valued at $30.52 per share for purposes of this calculation. DTS expects to finance the cash portion of acquisition through a combination of existing cash balances and a new credit facility. The transaction is not subject to any financing conditions.

Thomas C.K. Yuen, and certain of his family members and affiliates, who together hold approximately 20% of the outstanding SRS Labs shares, have entered into a Voting Agreement with DTS pursuant to which they have committed to vote all of the shares of SRS Labs common stock held by them in favor of the proposed transaction.

The acquisition is the result of a comprehensive process undertaken by SRS Labs' board of directors which included seeking and considering competing offers. The board, advised by legal and financial advisors, unanimously concluded that DTS' offer was in the best interests of SRS Labs and its shareholders. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of each company and is subject to customary closing conditions, including review by U.S. regulators and approval by SRS Labs shareholders. DTS anticipates closing the transaction in the third quarter of 2012. Upon closing, Thomas C.K. Yuen is expected to join the DTS board of directors.
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I hope SRS won't be swallowed by it entirely but it will remain as its own subsidiary.
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