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August 22, 2014
05:18 EDTELONEchelon to sell Grid operations to S&T AG
Echelon announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Grid operations to S&T AG, a publicly traded European IT systems provider with an existing focus on smart energy products and services. The companies expect the deal to close by the end of the year. Under the terms of the agreement, Echelon will receive approximately $5M in upfront consideration, dependent in part on the value of net assets at closing. After fees, expenses, and restructuring charges are considered the company expects the net benefit to be nominal. Echelon will also become a supplier of its industry-leading narrowband high-reliability power line communications chips to S&T for use in their smart meters and related products. Echelon will receive future benefits in the form of revenue from the purchase of these products, as well as rental income, and potential performance-based consideration of up to $1M. As part of the transaction approximately 60 current Echelon employees are expected to join S&T. The acquisition is anticipated to be accomplished via a subsidiary established by S&T.
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May 15, 2015
08:35 EDTELONEchelon now sees Q2 EPS (7c)-(4c) vs. previous view of (8c)-(5c)
Consensus is (6c). For Q2 2015, the lease termination agreement results in a revised estimated non-GAAP loss of ($0.04) to ($0.07) per share versus the previous guidance of ($0.05) to ($0.08). On a GAAP basis for the second quarter of 2015, the lease termination results in a revised estimated loss of ($0.05) to ($0.08) per share versus the previous guidance of ($0.07) to ($0.10). Once the company moves to a new, right-sized headquarters in Q1 2016, both GAAP and non-GAAP savings are estimated to improve by approximately $800,000 per quarter. Among other things, as a result of the lease termination, the net book value of the buildings will be reduced to approximately $5.0 million, which will then be amortized over the remainder of 2015 in conjunction with the new short-term lease. In addition, for GAAP purposes, the company will record a one-time benefit in the second quarter associated with the termination of the lease of approximately $1.5 million.
08:34 EDTELONEchelon retires $21.4M of long term facilities lease obligations
Echelon Corporation announced that it has reached an agreement with the landlord of its 150,000 square foot San Jose, CA headquarters related to the long-term leases for office space the company no longer requires. Under the terms of the agreement, the existing leases, which run through 2020, have been terminated and replaced with a short-term lease for a smaller portion of the facility that will run through the remainder of 2015. In return for this early termination, the company has agreed to a one-time up front cash payment of $10M and lease payments for the balance of 2015 totaling $900,000. This will eliminate the remaining lease obligation payments of $21.4M. As a result of this transaction, net cash on the balance sheet will increase by approximately $5.5 million. On a non-GAAP basis, the company estimates facilities related savings will be between $400,000 and $600,000 per quarter for the balance of 2015. On a GAAP basis, the company anticipates that the transaction will result in additional depreciation expense of approximately $1.5M per quarter through the end of 2015 as the remaining building assets are amortized off its balance sheet.

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