FLIR Systems under agreement to acquire sensor developer ICx Technologies

Sensor developer ICx Technologies has entered into a definitive merger agreement with thermal imaging and camera systems designer FLIR Systems. The agreement states that ICx would be acquired through a cash tender offer, followed by a merger with a subsidiary of FLIR, for $7.55 per share in cash.

ICx Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq GM:ICXT; Arlington, VA, USA), a developer of sensors for homeland security, force protection, and commercial applications, has entered into a definitive merger agreement with FLIR Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:FLIR; Portland, OR, USA). The agreement states that ICx would be acquired through a cash tender offer, followed by a merger with a subsidiary of FLIR, for $7.55 per share in cash. ICx anticipates that the transaction could be completed in the fourth quarter of 2010. Stone Key Partners has acted as ICx's exclusive financial advisor.

FLIR designs, manufactures, and markets thermal imaging and stabilized camera systems for thermography and imaging applications. ICx provides devices that detect and identify chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats for wide-area surveillance, intrusion detection, and facility security.

ICx's board of directors has unanimously approved the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, and has resolved to recommend that ICx's stockholders tender their shares in connection with the tender offer. Certain affiliates of Wexford Capital LP have agreed to tender approximately 62% of ICx's outstanding shares in the tender offer, subject to the ICx board's continued recommendation of the transaction. The closing of the tender offer is subject to certain customary conditions, including the tender of at least a majority of ICx's shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis and antitrust clearance. The merger agreement contemplates that the merger would be completed shortly following completion of the tender offer if a "short form" merger is available under Delaware law. If a short form merger is not available, then the merger would be completed after approval of the merger at a stockholders' meeting, which would held as soon as reasonably permissible under Delaware law and applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Subject to compliance with the merger agreement, ICx would be permitted to consider unsolicited acquisition proposals and to terminate the merger agreement to accept a superior proposal following an opportunity given to FLIR to offer to improve the terms of its proposed acquisition and upon payment of a breakup fee to FLIR of $8.2 million.

-- Posted by Vision Systems Design

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