MIND CTI Buys Sentori 616568

MIND CTI acquires wireless billing and CRM software provider Sentori for $5.1M in cash to expand product portfolio and US presence

August 3, 2005

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YOKNEAM, Israel -- MIND CTI Ltd. (NasdaqNM:MNDO - News), a leading global provider of real-time mediation, rating, billing and customer care solutions for pre-paid and post-paid multiple services, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sentori, Inc., a leading provider of customer care and billing solutions to wireless carriers and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs).

Sentori provides billing and customer care software solutions mainly to mobile carriers and MVNOs. Sentori is based in the Washington, DC, metro area, has about 20 employees and supports about 16 customers in the US, the Caribbean and Central America.

"We are pleased with this acquisition that satisfies the criteria we defined: proven revenue generation, complementary technology and geography and expected accretion to earnings within two to three quarters. The US market has become more active lately and MIND is especially suitable for both the VoIP opportunities and now for the MVNO opportunities as well," said Monica Eisinger, chief executive officer of MIND. "In addition to the significant customer base and valuable partner relationships, MIND will gain a team of highly experienced professionals in the wireless telecommunications industry located in Silver Spring, Maryland."

Sentori will operate as the Americas headquarters for MIND. The new division will continue to be led by Michael Halley, president of Sentori, and the current management team. Halley has been with Sentori since 2000, serving as vice president of professional services from 2002 to 2004 and leading the company as president & CEO since December 2004. He has more than fifteen years of international business experience in telecommunications and information technology and has expertise in program management and management consulting. Prior to joining Sentori, Halley served as acting-CEO for SMTC, a St. Maarten telecommunications provider. Prior to that, he headed up the management consulting division for KMPG Aruba. He holds a BA in economic sociology and an MBA, both from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

"The team at Sentori is definitively enthusiastic about becoming part of a larger, public company with both global reach and financial strength. This transaction allows Sentori to better support its customers by combining and enlarging the engineering and deployment teams," said Michael Halley, president of Sentori Inc. "Our existing and potential customers will benefit now that we can offer more comprehensive products and capabilities as well as improve time-to-market initiatives and implementation strategies for complex projects for carriers offering service bundles that include voice, data, and video."

Arie Ganot, chief financial officer of MIND, commented: "Under the terms of the acquisition, MIND will acquire Sentori for $5.1 million in cash. The transaction is expected to be neutral to earnings per share, excluding acquisition-related items, in the third and the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005, and accretive to earnings per share, excluding acquisition-related items, in fiscal 2006 and thereafter. MIND will incur a one-time charge in its third fiscal quarter ending September 30, 2005, to account for certain costs related to the acquisition. MIND's revenues for the third quarter of 2005 are expected to reach $4 million."

Mind CTI Ltd.

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