Parametric Sound Corporation to Merge with Turtle Beach
Combined Company to Bring Advanced Products to Market
That Redefine Audio for Consumers and Businesses
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – August 5, 2013 – Parametric Sound Corporation (NASDAQ: PAMT), a leading innovator of audio products and solutions, and Turtle Beach, the market leader in video game audio, today announced that the companies have reached a Definitive Agreement to merge in a stock for stock transaction. The merger will combine Parametric’s audio innovations with Turtle Beach’s significant financial, technical, design, sales and marketing resources. Parametric’s strong research and development capabilities will be leveraged to accelerate innovation enabling the combined company to deliver sustained growth and shareholder value.
Turtle Beach is an audio technology innovator and has created the market for advanced gaming headsets. Their advanced products allow video game players to experience high-quality, immersive sound and communicate with others while playing video games. The company has gained a dominant position in gaming headsets through a combination of audio technology innovation, quality, marketing savvy and effective retail distribution. Turtle Beach has strong market share in established gaming markets, including a 53% dollar share of the U.S. gaming headset market as of year-end 2012 according to The NPD Group, and a growing market share in the broader consumer audio market. As a result, the company has built a profitable business with approximately $205 million in revenues in 2012. Turtle Beach is majority owned by the Stripes Group, an entrepreneurial growth equity fund based in New York City.
The combined company will be able to leverage Turtle Beach’s global distribution network and experience to bring new products to market. Turtle Beach headsets are sold at more than 27,000 storefronts across 40 countries, including major retailers such as Best Buy, Carrefour, GameStop, HMV, Sainsbury, Target, Tesco and Walmart.
Under the terms of the agreement, former Turtle Beach stockholders are expected to own approximately 80 percent of the combined company´s shares outstanding at closing, and Parametric stockholders are expected to own approximately 20 percent of the combined company’s shares, subject to adjustment as provided in the merger agreement. The new company will continue to operate under the name Parametric Sound Corporation and will be headquartered in San Diego. The gaming products will continue under the well regarded Turtle Beach brand. In connection with the proposed transaction, Parametric intends to file with the SEC a proxy statement and other relevant materials and documents regarding the proposed transaction.
“This merger positions us to fully realize the potential of our advanced technology and accelerate the worldwide adoption of HyperSound™ in our core consumer, commercial and health care markets. Turtle Beach has a history of leveraging proprietary audio technology to gain market leadership with strong operating margins,” said Ken Potashner, Executive Chairman of Parametric Sound. “Turtle Beach has the resources and experience to help us develop and market disruptive products and they offer access to an extensive distribution network to make current and planned products available across the globe. We believe the merger will prove to be compelling for both our customers and our stockholders, and we expect a smooth integration process in combining our two companies.”
Juergen Stark, CEO of Turtle Beach, will serve as CEO upon completion of the merger. Mr. Stark joined Turtle Beach as CEO in September 2012. Prior to joining Turtle Beach, Stark served as chief operating officer for Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.’s Mobile Devices business through the sale of that business to Google in 2012. Ken Potashner, Executive Chairman of Parametric, and Ron Doornink, Executive Chairman of Turtle Beach and former President of Activision, will serve on the company’s Board of Directors.
“Parametric’s breakthrough technology, which is supported by a significant intellectual property portfolio, provides an immersive experience in a way that existing speakers simply cannot match. The commercial potential is astounding, and we cannot wait to bring new applications to market,” said Juergen Stark, CEO of Turtle Beach. “Parametric also brings additional expertise in audio and digital signal processing that will accelerate innovation in our gaming audio products.”
The companies share a legacy of innovation in audio technology and digital signal processing. Parametric has developed and patented disruptive audio technology including HyperSoundTM (HSS®) directional audio technology. HSS® delivers high fidelity audio in a directional beam using thin sound emitters -- a radical innovation in speaker technology. Currently used in commercial applications including retail digital signage, the innovative technology is expected to have transformative applications in video game audio, personal computers, mobile devices, televisions and home theater. The Company’s patented technology continues to demonstrate positive results for those with hearing deficiencies and show strong potential for future health care applications.
The merger transaction, approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, is expected to close before the end of the 2013 calendar year, subject to approval by Parametric’s stockholders and certain other closing conditions more fully described in the definitive agreement.
Houlihan Lokey is acting as financial advisor to Parametric, and Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC provided a fairness opinion to its Board of Directors. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as financial advisor to Turtle Beach.
A webcast further discussing the planned merger and a business overview will be available via the Investor Relations section of Parametric Sound’s website, www.parametricsound.com today at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The discussion will be led by Ken Potashner, Executive Chairman of Parametric Sound and Juergen Stark, CEO of Turtle Beach.
WEBCAST LINK: http://www.media-server.com/m/p/ccwixcvq
Interested parties may also access the webcast via telephone by dialing (877) 448-3530: Conference ID: 28749005. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the Company's website for 60 days, and a transcript of the call will be available on the website of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, www.sec.gov.
About Turtle Beach
Turtle Beach designs and markets premium audio peripherals for video game, personal computer, and mobile platforms, including its acclaimed line of Ear Force gaming headphones and headsets crafted for Xbox 360 and PS3 game consoles and PC games. Turtle Beach’s limited edition, Ear Force Tango wireless headset was recognized as an honoree by the 2013 International CES Innovations Awards. According to the NPD Group, Turtle Beach manufactures the top five best-selling third-party gaming headsets of all time when ranked in dollar sales. The Ear Force X12 wired headset is the No. 1 best-selling third-party gaming headset of all time. Turtle Beach, headquartered in Valhalla, New York, is majority owned by the Stripes Group, an entrepreneurial growth equity fund based in New York City, and is a brand of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc., which has been at the forefront of music and audio technology for more than three decades and is recognized as a pioneer of today’s PC audio industry. Turtle Beach and Ear Force are registered trademarks of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged. For more information, visit www.turtlebeach.com.
About Parametric Sound Corporation
Parametric Sound Corporation is a pioneering innovator of directed audio solutions. With a substantial body of intellectual property, Parametric Sound is the foremost authority in the application of acoustic technology to beam sound to target a specific listening area without the ambient noise of traditional speakers. Distinct from surround sound, HyperSound™ immerses listeners in a robust 3D audio experience from just two speakers. The Company's disruptive technology is being marketed to three global market sectors: Consumer Markets -- for PCs, gaming, TVs, home theater and handhelds, Commercial Markets -- for digital signage, kiosks and retail stores, and Health Care -- for an out-of-ear solution being developed for the hearing impaired. For more information, visit www.parametricsound.com.
Cautionary note on forward-looking statements
Certain statements made in this news release may constitute “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about the proposed transaction between Parametric and Turtle Beach, the terms, timing, conditions to and anticipated completion of the proposed transaction, the expected ownership of the combined company and the composition of the combined company´s board of directors and management team, the potential benefits of the proposed transaction to the Parametric and Turtle Beach stockholders, the combined company´s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations, technology and products, the anticipated financial position, operating results and growth prospects of the combined company and other statements that are not historical in nature.. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. Uncertainties and risks may cause Parametric’s and the combined company´s actual results to be materially different than those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Particular uncertainties and risks include, among others, the failure of the Parametric stockholders to approve the transaction, the failure of NASDAQ to authorize the continued listing of Parametric’s shares following the transaction; the risk that Turtle Beach’s operating results at closing will be lower than currently anticipated or the failure of either party to meet other conditions to the closing of the transaction; delays in completing the transaction and the risk that the transaction may not be completed at all; the failure to realize the anticipated benefits from the transaction or delay in realization thereof; the businesses of Parametric and Turtle Beach may not be combined successfully, or such combination may take longer, be more difficult, time-consuming or costly to accomplish than expected; operating costs and business disruption during the pendency of and following the transaction, including adverse effects on employee retention and on business relationships with third parties; general business and economic conditions; the combined company´s possible need for and ability to obtain additional financing; the difficulty of developing audio products, obtaining any required approvals and achieving market acceptance; the marketing success of Parametric’s and the combined company´s licensees or sub licensees, if any. More detailed information on these and additional factors that could affect Parametric’s actual results are described in Parametric’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements in this news release speak only as of the date of this news release and are based on Parametric’s current beliefs and expectations. Parametric undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
Important Additional Information for Investors and Stockholders
This material is not a substitute for the proxy statement that Parametric will file with the SEC. Investors and security holders are urged to read the proxy statement (including any amendments or supplements) and other documents filed with the SEC carefully in their entirety when they become available because they will contain important information about Parametric, Turtle Beach and the proposed transaction. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed to the stockholders of Parametric.
In connection with the proposed transaction, Parametric is permitted to solicit, receive, evaluate, and enter into negotiations with respect to alternative proposals for a 30-day “go-shop” period from the date of the merger agreement. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement (when available) and other relevant documents filed with the SEC by Parametric at the SEC´s web site at www.sec.gov. Free copies of the proxy statement (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC also can be obtained by directing a request to Parametric, Attention: Investor Relations, telephone: (888) 477-2150. In addition, investors and security holders may access copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Parametric on Parametric’s website at www.parameticsound.com.
Parametric and its directors and executive officers and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction described in this release. Information
regarding Parametric’s directors and executive officers is available in Parametric’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2012, which was filed with the SEC on November 28, 2012 and Parametric’s definitive proxy statement for its 2013 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on January 10, 2013. If and to the extent that any of the Parametric participants will receive any additional benefits in connection with the proposed transaction that are unknown as of the date of this release, the details of those benefits will be described in the definitive proxy statement relating to the proposed transaction. Investors and stockholders can obtain more detailed information regarding the direct and indirect interests of Parametric’s directors and executive officers in the proposed transaction by reading the definitive proxy statement when it becomes available.
PARAMETRIC SOUND CONTACT:
888-HSS-2150, Ext 509
PARAMETIC SOUND INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT:
Three Part Advisors, LLC
TURTLE BEACH CONTACT: