ADESTO TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (NASDAQ:IOTS) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive AgreementItem 1.01 Entry Into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On June28, 2018, Adesto Technologies Corporation (the “Company”), Circuit Acquisition Corporation, a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (“Merger Sub”), and Echelon Corporation, a Delaware corporation (“Echelon”), entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”). The Merger Agreement provides that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will merge with and into Echelon (the “Merger”), with Echelon continuing as the surviving corporation and as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.
to the terms of the Merger Agreement and subject to the conditions therein, at the effective time of the Merger, each share of common stock of Echelon, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”), issued and outstanding as of immediately prior to the effective time (other than shares held by (1)the Company, Merger Sub, Echelon (including shares held in treasury) or their respective subsidiaries; and (2)Echelon stockholders who have properly and validly exercised and perfected appraisal rights under Delaware law) will be cancelled and automatically converted into the right to receive cash in an amount equal to $8.50, without interest thereon (the “Per Share Amount”). All shares of Common Stock underlying option awards and restricted stock unit awards, whether vested or unvested, will be converted into the right to receive the Per Share Amount (or, in the case of an option award, the spread between the Per Share Amount and the applicable exercise price).
Consummation of the Merger is subject to certain conditions, including (1)the receipt of the necessary approval from Echelon’s stockholders; and (2)the absence of any law, injunction or order restraining, prohibiting or otherwise preventing consummation of the Merger. Each of the Company’s and Echelon’s obligation to consummate the Merger is also subject to certain additional customary conditions, including (1)subject to specific standards, the accuracy of the representations and warranties of the other party; (2)performance in all material respects by the other party of its obligations under the Merger Agreement; and (3)in the case of the Company only, the absence of a material adverse effect with respect to Echelon.
The Company and Echelon have each made customary representations and warranties in the Merger Agreement and have agreed to various customary covenants and agreements, including, among others, agreements by Echelon regarding the operation of the business of Echelon and its subsidiaries prior to the closing of the Merger. Echelon is also subject to customary restrictions on its ability to solicit acquisition proposals from third parties and to provide information to, and enter into discussions or negotiations with, third parties regarding alternative acquisition proposals. However, prior to the receipt of the approval of the Merger from Echelon’s stockholders, the solicitation restrictions are subject to a customary “fiduciary out” provision that allows Echelon, under certain circumstances, to provide information to, and enter into discussions or negotiations with, third parties with respect to an acquisition proposal if (1)Echelon’s Board of Directors determines in good faith that such acquisition proposal either constitutes, or is reasonably expected to lead to, a superior proposal and that the failure to do so would be reasonably expected to be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties under applicable law, and (2)Echelon provides written notice to and negotiates in good faith with the Company prior to acceptance of an alternative acquisition proposal.
The Merger Agreement contains certain termination rights for the Company and Echelon. Echelon will be required to pay the Company a termination fee of $1.54 million in certain circumstances if the Merger Agreement is terminated and Echelon accepts a Superior Proposal (as defined in the Merger Agreement) or Echelon’s Board of Directors makes a change of board recommendation. In addition, Echelon will be required to pay such termination fee in certain circumstances in which the Merger Agreement is terminated and an alternative acquisition transaction is subsequently consummated within a year of the termination (whether such consummation occurs before or after the one-year anniversary of such termination). The Company will be required to pay Echelon a termination fee of $4.41 million if the Merger Agreement is terminated by Echelon after September15, 2018 (which date may be extended to September30, 2018 under certain circumstances) if (1)all of the conditions to closing have been satisfied or waived, (2)Echelon has provided irrevocable written notice to the Company that Echelon is prepared to close and (3)the Company has failed to consummate the Merger and effect the Closing after three business days.
The Company expects to finance the acquisition with cash on hand, cash on Echelon’s balance sheet and the proceeds of any equity and/or debt financing that the Company intends to consummate prior to the Closing.