Belden Announces Completion of Grass Valley Divestiture
Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), a leading global supplier of specialty networking solutions, today announced the completion of the previously announced divestiture of the Company’s Live Media business (“Grass Valley”) to Black Dragon Capital, a private equity firm led by technology operating executives with deep media-related expertise and a proven track record of building market leading companies.
The transaction includes cash consideration plus various forms of deferred consideration. The gross cash consideration is $120 million, or approximately $67 million net of cash delivered with the business. Belden will also invest $3 million for an equity interest in Grass Valley with the right to put the equity back to Black Dragon at any time during the next 120 days. The deferred consideration includes a $175 million five-year seller’s note, up to $88 million in PIK interest on the seller’s note over its five-year term, and $178 million in potential earn-out payments. The earn-out payments are based on certain performance thresholds. Both the seller’s note and the PIK interest are due to Belden after five years. Grass Valley’s financial results were presented as discontinued operations in our full year 2019 and first quarter 2020 financial statements.
Roel Vestjens, President and CEO of Belden Inc., said, “This is an important milestone for Belden. We are pleased to announce the completion of this transaction, and we look forward to supporting the Black Dragon and Grass Valley teams during the transition. We are extremely excited about the opportunities for Belden going forward as we continue our transformation and align our portfolio of businesses around the favorable secular trends in industrial automation, cybersecurity, broadband & 5G, and smart buildings.”
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