Xplore to buy Motion Computing

Xplore Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of rugged tablet PCs, agreed to acquire most of the assets of Motion Computing, Inc. and its units. Motion is an Austin, Texas-based rugged tablet computer company.

“The acquisition of Motion is consistent with our goal to establish the best and broadest line of rugged tablets for the enterprise market,” said Philip Sassower, chairman and CEO of Xplore. “Motion represents a unique opportunity for Xplore to acquire an Austin-based company with deep industry domain expertise and that possesses products and channels complementary to our own. Together we will address a broader range of customer needs and provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for rugged tablets.”

“Xplore has a proven track record in focusing its resources to generate sustainable growth,” said Mike Rapisand, CFO of Xplore. “After a successful recapitalization and offering in 2012, we invested cash to significantly expand our addressable market, revenue and EBITDA. Our executive management team has over 200 years’ combined experience in managing companies like Xplore and Motion, and we are confident that the two business will be successfully integrated to deliver growth and value to all of our stakeholders.”

The transaction will be effected through an asset purchase and sale agreement by and among Xplore, Motion and Square 1 Bank. Xplore will acquire Motion for approximately $9 million, plus the assumption of about $7 million in net liabilities.

The closing of the transaction is expected to occur on or about April 17, 2015 and is subject to numerous conditions, including the receipt of financing and third party approvals and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Xplore intends to consummate the transaction using proceeds from a new $15 million credit facility with Square 1 Bank and to support integration and growth of the two businesses with its cash on hand.

In its most recent fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, Motion’s unaudited revenue was about $83 million, its unaudited gross margin percentage was about 25 percent and its unaudited net loss was about $7 million. Xplore intends to file a current report on Form 8-K on or about June 30, 2015 that will include Motion financial statements, as well as historical pro forma financial information for the combined businesses.

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