Sycamore Sings With Eastern Buy
Sycamore today announced a $92.5 million plan to acquire the Allen Organ Co., an honest-to-goodness builder of church organs, based in Macungie, Pa.
It's not all that weird: The real target is Eastern Research Inc. , a maker of multiservice crossconnects and access gateways.
Allen Organ plans to spin off the organ business and its other subsidiaries -- an audio engineering firm and a contract manufacturer -- retaining only its majority share in Eastern. Sycamore would then acquire Allen, effectively buying Eastern without the keys, pedals, and pipes.
The purchase price will be about $92.5 million, consisting of 17.8 million Sycamore shares and $8 million in cash. Some of the stock will go to the minority shareholders of Eastern.
The acquisition therefore does little to dent Sycamore's cash hoard, tallied at $966 million as of January.
If anything, the acquisition could help boost revenues. Sycamore managed to beat expectations with its January earnings, but its book-to-bill ratio was less than 1.0, a sign that revenues were beginning to turn south. (See Sycamore Shares Slip on Q2 Profit.)
"We believe the backlog at Sycamore has now been drawn quite thin and without a significant new customer win, which we think is unlikely, we see a good chance that Sycamore could fall short of earnings estimates within the next two quarters," wrote analyst Michael Genovese of Citigroup , shortly after Sycamore announced earnings in February.
For its second quarter, which ended Jan. 28, Sycamore reported GAAP profits of $5 million, or 2 cents per share, on revenues of $20.8 million. For the quarter ending in April, analysts polled by Reuters are expecting net income of $5.2 million, or 2 cents per share, on revenues of $20.5 million.
In after-hours trading, Sycamore shares were up 17 cents (3.9%) at $4.57.
— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading