Stock Update (NYSE:DPW): Digital Power Corporation Subsidiary Coolisys Grabs Private Israeli Company in Deal That Sends Shares Rising 12%


Digital Power Corporation (NYSE:DPW) has already witnessed a volcanic 445% jump year-to-date in value; and yet, bulls are rejoicing today as the stock soars another 12%. The reason for the bullish camp’s parade? This diversified electronics player’s subsidiary Coolisys has its eyes set on taking over Israeli-based Enertec, a tech provider of missile launching systems coupled with command and control centers.

Under the terms of the definitive deal, DPW’s wholly-owned subsidiary is primed to acquire Entertec. Considering Coolisys is a technology-centric company dedicated to servicing the defense and aerospace sectors as well as industrial and medical sector businesses worldwide, it is a savvy move for the company to grab Enertec, 22 years old and Israel’s largest private manufacturer of specialized electronic systems for the military market.

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Worthy of note, Enertec generates over $8 million of annual revenue, a company renowned for providing multi-purpose turnkey systems for military applications internationally and as a strategic partner in joint executions of large and complex long-term projects. Enertec provides reliable sophisticated systematic solutions to various defense industry applications including missiles, UAVs, tanks, combat aircraft, missile boats and submarines, mobile trailers and satellites. The acquisition of Enertec expands Coolisys’ advanced technology development and manufacturing footprint and capabilities with the addition of over 70 professional and skilled employees, most of whom are engineers with proven military experience. Enertec is currently a subsidiary of Micronet Enertec Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:MICT), which is vaulting nearly 29% today in pre-market trading on back of the takeover buzz.

Commenting on the transaction, Coolisys President and CEO Amos Kohn stated, “The purchase of Enertec marks a major step in continuing to execute our acquisition growth strategy into 2018 and beyond. We are very pleased that through this anticipated acquisition, we will realize an expansion of our customer base and benefit from Enertec’s innovative technology. Additionally, Coolisys will increase its manufacturing capacity and capabilities while improving its technical knowledge base. Enertec may provide synergistic opportunities that Coolisys can leverage through partnership between its subsidiaries. Enertec’s product line is extensive and ranges from airborne power supply units, automatic testing systems, and simulators to command and control centers inclusive of all internal electronic systems, detection and protection systems for sensitive security installations and missile launching systems. Their electronic solutions meet the rugged demands of aerospace, land and naval combat applications. This acquisition is strategic in growing Coolisys as a leading provider to the Defense, Aerospace and Electronics markets internationally.” Mr. Kohn added. “The addition of Enertec will allow Coolisys to benefit from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Military Financing (FMF) programs to expand its current defense business in Israel as well as with others in the global defense market such as India, NATO and other nations and agencies.” The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

Coolisys believes the acquisition of Enertec is very timely given that the United States and Israel signed on September 14, 2016 a new aid deal that gives the Israeli military $38 billion over the course of 10 years. It’s the largest such agreement the U.S. has ever had with any country. The new aid package calls for $3.8 billion in funding per year, an increase from $3.1 billion per year under the current 10-year deal that expires in 2018. Under the agreement, Israel’s ability to spend part of the funds on Israeli military products will be phased out and instead the funds shall be used for purchases from certified U.S. manufacturers of defense equipment and weaponry. Similarly, Coolisys and Enertec have a common Israeli customer that is a world leader in the defense sector delivering systems for air, space, land, sea, cyber and homeland security. The timeliness of this transaction, Coolisys believes, will enable the two entities to leverage their relationship with their customer base. This common customer has been awarded contracts totaling almost $2 billion to deliver an advanced MRSAM air and missile defense system to the Indian Army.

Coolisys shall pay MICT $5,250,000 cash, as adjusted if Enertec’s closing debt is greater or lesser than $4,000,000 and for certain other matters. Under certain circumstances, Coolisys may be required to pay a $300,000 break-up fee if the acquisition is not consummated. The transaction is scheduled to close the later of 60 days or 15 days after delivery of Enertec’s audited financials.

DPW has a 1-year high of $5.95 and a 1-year low of $0.40. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $2.84 and its 200-day moving average is $1.13.

Digital Power Corp. engages in the design, development, manufacture, and sale of customized and flexible power system solutions. Its products include adapters, open frame, capacitor chargers, compact peripheral component interface, and front end. It operates though the North America and Europe geographic segments. The North America segment comprises sales through Digital Power Corporation. The Europe segment includes sales through Digital Power Limited. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Fremont, CA.