SOURCE: Perceptron, Inc.

Perceptron, Inc.

August 31, 2012 08:40 ET

Perceptron Announces the Sale of Its Non-Core Commercial Products Business Unit (CBU)

PLYMOUTH, MI--(Marketwire - Aug 31, 2012) - Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP) today announced that, effective August 30, 2012, the Company sold certain assets and liabilities of its Commercial Products Business Unit ("CBU") to Inspectron, Inc. ("Inspectron"). CBU, one of Perceptron's two reporting segments, designs and markets products for sale to professional tradespeople in the electrical, mechanics, plumbing, and construction markets. In fiscal year 2012, CBU accounted for approximately 9% of Perceptron's total sales.

The purchase price was approximately $838,000 in cash. In addition, Perceptron retained CBU's accounts receivable balance of approximately $608,000 that existed at the time of sale. Inspectron acquired the inventory, tooling, customer contracts, patents, trademarks, and other assets associated with CBU's business operations. Under the agreement, Inspectron also assumed all of CBU's service parts and warranty obligations and vendor commitments. Inspectron's President is Richard Price, former Perceptron Senior Vice President of the Commercial Products Business Unit.

"We are pleased to have completed the sale of CBU and to be able to focus our attention on our Industrial Business Unit ("IBU")", said Harry Rittenour, President and CEO of Perceptron. "We considered a wide range of alternatives for CBU over the past several months, including sale, continued operation on a reduced scale, and closure. After a thorough evaluation, management and the board concluded that this sale produced the best outcome for the Company, its shareholders, and CBU's customers."

"Looking forward, we will concentrate on our Industrial Business Unit, which accounted for all of Perceptron's growth and profits, and over 90% of sales in fiscal year 2012," added Mr. Rittenour. "We are encouraged by the strength of this business over the past year as well as the possibilities that IBU provides us in fiscal year 2013 and beyond."

Jack Lowry, Perceptron's Chief Financial Officer, added: "We will be releasing our fiscal year 2012 financial results on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 and our earnings call is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. eastern time. The Company will provide additional information about the sale of CBU during the earnings call. CBU's financial results will be reported as discontinued operations in fiscal year 2012, and prior years' results will be presented on a consistent basis."

About Perceptron®
Perceptron develops, produces, and sells non-contact measurement and inspection solutions for industrial applications. The Company's products provide solutions for manufacturing process control as well as sensor and software technologies for non-contact measurement, scanning, and inspection applications. Automotive and manufacturing companies throughout the world rely on Perceptron's metrology solutions to help them manage their complex manufacturing processes to improve quality, shorten product launch times and reduce overall manufacturing costs. The Company also offers Value Added Services such as training and customer support services. Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, Perceptron has approximately 220 employees worldwide, with operations in the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, China and India. For more information, please visit www.perceptron.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jack Lowry
    Vice President of Finance and CFO
    734 414-6100