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Acquisition of Fastrax expands u-blox’ positioning market footprint

Acquisition of Fastrax expands u-blox’ positioning market footprint

Assets include GPS/GLONASS modules, software GNSS, smart-antennas and profitable business.

u-blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in positioning and wireless semiconductors, announces the acquisition of privately owned,  Finnish-based Fastrax Oy, a company that specializes in a broad range of GNSS positioning and antenna modules. The company brings additional products to u-blox’ portfolio, including software GNSS solutions used for consumer and industrial applications, and advanced GNSS modules that include integrated antenna.

Over its 12 year history, Fastrax has established itself as a successful player in the global positioning markets worldwide,” said Thomas Seiler, u-blox CEO.
Their modules exploit the best features of four leading GNSS chip vendors and include advanced antenna modules. These products are an excellent complement to our existing portfolio, and will benefit from u‑blox’ economy of scale in terms of our advanced R&D capabilities, semiconductor technologies, global sales channels, established supply chain and high-volume manufacturing resources.

Combining our leading GNSS products and technologies will give our customers a more attractive choice, while streamlining our operations and lower costs”, said Fastrax CEO, Taneli Tuurnala.

“This merger brings together two recognized, profitable GNSS technology leaders with broad market base; the sum of this acquisition is significantly larger than its parts.”

The acquisition entails purchase of 100% of the shares of Fastrax Oy at a price of 13.0 million Euros. Certain pay-out rules apply to Fastrax management members. We expect revenue of around CHF 2 million and an EBIT of CHF 0.1 million for the remainder of 2012, and revenue of CHF 13 to 15 million with an accretive EBIT margin of 15-20% for 2013.

About u-blox
Swiss-based u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is the global leader in positioning and wireless semiconductors for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Our solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative personal, professional and M2M solutions quickly and cost-effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u-blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA. www.u-blox.com

About Fastrax
Fastrax is a leading developer of high performance GNSS receivers and Software GNSS solutions. Fastrax enables the utilization of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) in practically any device, from industrial applications to battery-operated consumer products. Based on a decade of intensive research and development, Fastrax products feature a unique combination of state-of-the-art performance, extremely low power consumption, flexible software and miniature, easy-to-deploy designs. The product portfolio consists of multiple GNSS receivers and antenna modules along with novel pure Software GNSS solutions offering fast time-to-market with minimal costs and easily adjustable features. Fastrax Extended Support Services provide expert advice and consulting in GPS/GNSS application design. Fastrax was founded in 1999 and has 27 employees. The company is headquartered in Espoo, Finland. For further information, please visit www.fastraxgps.com




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