Energy Conversion Devices adds Solar Integrated Technologies to portfolio

Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD), a manufacturer of thin-film flexible solar laminate products for the building integrated and commercial rooftop markets (which includes the Uni-Solar brand) is to acquire Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc. (SIT), a provider of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing systems.

Under the terms of the agreement, ECD will pay 6.75 pence in cash (or approximately US$0.11) for each share of SIT or approximately US$11.2 million. Including the assumption of SIT's net debt obligations, the purchase price will be approximately US$16.3 million. ECD plans to finance the acquisition from existing corporate funds.

Mark Morelli, ECD's president and ceo said, "the acquisition of SIT enhances our BIPV value proposition by significantly improving our field engineering and technical capabilities in rooftop solar to better support our channel partners in Europe and the USA. Our combined organisation will also be well positioned to meaningfully participate in the expected growth in the US market, including under the stimulus plan. We are extremely pleased to welcome SIT's talented organisation to our team."

"We are excited to join forces with the world's leader in building integrated and commercial rooftop photovoltaics," stated R. Randall MacEwen, president and ceo of SIT. "As one of ECD's largest customers, we have experienced first-hand the differentiated attributes of UNI-SOLAR PV laminates, and their impressive power production performance in real world conditions. We see compelling synergies between SIT's customer relationships, end market knowledge and system integration expertise and ECD's focus on operational excellence."

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