Tyco Electronics to Acquire ADC

The transaction is expected to be accretive by approximately $0.14 per share in the first full year after closing excluding acquisition-related costs. It will position Tyco Electronics' Network Solutions segment as a leading global provider of broadband connectivity products to carrier and enterprise networks around the world.

Tom Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Tyco Electronics, said, "This is a very exciting time for our company and ADC is a great fit as we continue to execute our strategy to create strong leadership positions in all of our connectivity businesses. Consumers and enterprises want access to high-speed video and data wherever they are, on whatever devices they are using -- from smart phones to HD and 3-D televisions to computers with advanced video-conferencing capabilities. The combination of ADC and Tyco Electronics creates an industry leader, with the scope and geographic scale to help customers deliver needed capacity, from the core of the network all the way to the end user."

Robert E. Switz, Chairman, President and CEO of ADC, said, "ADC has a strong heritage of providing innovative wired and wireless solutions that have enabled the expansion of advanced broadband networks worldwide. As part of Tyco Electronics, our organization's ability to serve the world's leading telecommunications services providers and enterprises will be strengthened significantly. I have great respect for Tyco Electronics and know that they share our commitment to meeting customers' changing next generation network needs."

The combined organization will offer a complete product portfolio across every major geographic market. It will also add ADC's Distributed Antenna System (DAS) products, which will expand Tyco Electronics' wireless connectivity portfolio to provide greater mobile coverage and capacity solutions to carrier and enterprise customers as demand for mobile data continues to expand. Additionally, Tyco Electronics will add ADC's professional services organization in the US to its business.

"We expect ADC to be accretive to our earnings in the first year and to reach our target operating margin of 15 percent in the third year after the acquisition," said Lynch.

The transaction is structured as a tender offer to be followed as soon as possible by a merger. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the tender of a majority of ADC shares and regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the fourth calendar quarter 2010.