Pioneer Power Solutions Acquires Pacific Power Systems Integration, Inc.
Acquisition Rounds Out Product Suite and Expands Customer Base
Fort Lee, NJ, August 3, 2015 / PRNewswire / – Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPSI) (“Pioneer” or the “Company”), a company engaged in the manufacture, sale and service of electrical transmission, distribution and on-site power generation equipment, today announced that its Pioneer CEP subsidiary had acquired substantially all of the assets of Pacific Power Systems Integration, Inc. (“Pacific”).
Pacific specializes in manufacturing custom electrical power distribution and control equipment, with a specific emphasis on low voltage draw-out, metal-enclosed and metal-clad switchgear. Pacific has successfully completed more than 100 projects over the last 15 years through EPC firms and directly with customers, mostly in the oil refining, utility and mass transit sectors, including: Jacobs Engineering, British Petroleum, Conoco Phillips, Pacific Gas & Electric, LADWP, SMUD and transportation agencies such as the LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Bay Area Rapid Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The acquisition significantly enhances Pioneer CEP’s technical qualifications with more advanced classifications of switchgear, and provides access to larger, long-cycle project opportunities, new customers and end markets where Pioneer should be able to leverage its full suite of engineered product solutions. By December 2015, Pacific’s facility is expected to be closed and its operations consolidated into Pioneer CEP’s larger facility, located five miles away in Santa Fe Springs, California.”
“This acquisition effectively completes our portfolio of low and medium voltage switchgear offerings, and is expected to sustain our overall growth objectives for years to come,” commented Nathan Mazurek, Pioneer’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “At the same time, it provides multiple new avenues to drive efficiency and operational growth in both our T&D Solutions and Critical Power Solutions businesses. The rippling effect of this transaction will be felt throughout Pioneer, as it enables us to capitalize on new production and internal supply chain synergies, and should generate incremental sales across the organization, given the breadth of solutions we now have to offer. Our team’s focus on operational execution, both internally and externally, will be critical. I am confident that our efforts will place us in a stronger market position from which to engage and serve our customers, and improve our financial performance in 2016 and beyond.”
Kytchener Whyte, Pacific’s founder, added, “I am thrilled to be reunited with so many of my former colleagues at Pioneer, and look forward to working closely with Pioneer CEP’s President, Geo Murickan, to help take the combined business to the next level.”
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Based on Pacific’s current order backlog, the timing of the acquisition and integration activities remaining to be completed, the Company expects the transaction to be neutral to full-year 2015 non-GAAP earnings. In 2016, the acquisition is expected to be approximately $0.05 to $0.10 accretive to non-GAAP earnings per share.
About Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc.
Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. manufactures, sells and services a broad range of specialty electrical transmission, distribution and on-site power generation equipment for applications in the utility, industrial, commercial and backup power markets. The Company’s principal products and services include custom-engineered electrical transformers, switchgear and engine-generator sets and controls, complemented by a national field-service organization to maintain and repair power generation assets. Pioneer is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey and operates from 14 additional locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for manufacturing, centralized distribution, engineering, sales, service and administration. To learn more about Pioneer, please visit our website at www.pioneerpowersolutions.com.
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Brett Maas, Managing Partner