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UPDATE: Curtiss-Wright (CW) to Acquire Williams Controls (WMCO) for $15.42/Share

November 1, 2012 9:17 AM EDT Send to a Friend
(Updated - November 1, 2012 9:47 AM EDT)

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) and Williams Controls (NYSE: WMCO) jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement that provides for the merger of Williams Controls with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Curtiss-Wright. Williams Controls is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly-engineered electronic sensors and electronic throttle controls for off-road equipment, heavy trucks, and military vehicles. The acquired business will operate within Curtiss-Wright's Motion Control segment.

Curtiss-Wright will acquire Williams Controls in a cash tender offer for $15.42 per share, representing a total purchase price of approximately $119 million. The closing price of Williams Controls' common stock on October 31, 2012 was $10.91 per share. Williams Controls' Board of Directors unanimously approved the transaction on Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

Shares held by directors and named executive officers of the Company and certain funds affiliated with Dolphin Direct Equity Partners, L.P. which collectively hold shares of Williams Controls' common stock equal to approximately 26% of the outstanding shares of Williams Controls have entered into tender and support agreements with Curtiss-Wright pursuant to which they have agreed to support the transaction and tender their shares in the offer.




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