IAR Systems has assumed the acquisition of Signum Systems Corp
The acquisition gives IAR Systems access to complementary skills and products for software development of advanced embedded systems, especially for the rapidly growing market for ARM-based processors.
The acquisition is expected to have limited financial impact on IAR Systems in 2011 and contribute positively to both sales and earnings from 2012. This is through sales of Signum’ products, but it is also expected that the strengthening of the offering will contribute to increased sales of IAR Systems’ development tools. The acquisition is financed with a combination of cash and shares in IAR Systems Group AB, with an initial purchase price and an additional payment based on performance to 1 October 2015. No new shares are issued in IAR Systems in connection with this transaction since the company uses stocks held in treasury from previous buy-backs. The total purchase price will not exceed a value of SEK 23 million regardless of share price development.
IAR Systems was founded in 1983 and is the world-leading supplier of development tools for embedded systems. Its software is used by over 14,000 companies to program processors that control products in, for example, industrial automation, medical devices, consumer electronics, and the automotive industry.
Signum was founded in 1979 and has a technological leadership position in the market for emulators and debuggers. An emulator consists of both hardware and software and is used to recreate a processor function in another environment, such as a PC. A debugger is software for debugging code in a processor. These functions are increasingly important as the complexity of embedded systems is increasing. Signum Systems is based in Camarillo, California and has eleven employees. For more information see www.signum.com.