SOURCE: Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc.

Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc.

July 05, 2011 15:30 ET

Pioneer Completes Bemag Transformer Acquisition

Further Expands Product Offering and Market Presence in Dry-Type Transformer Business

FORT LEE, NJ--(Marketwire - Jul 5, 2011) - Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: PPSI) ("Pioneer" or the "Company"), a manufacturer of specialty electrical equipment and service provider to the utility, industrial, commercial and wind energy markets, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Bemag Transformer Inc. and of certain assets from Vermont Transformers, Inc. for cash in a total transaction valued at approximately $10.0 million.

Bemag Transformer Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of low and medium voltage dry-type transformers and custom magnetics for the commercial and industrial segments of the North American electrical equipment market with annual sales of approximately $15 million per year.

Nathan Mazurek, Pioneer's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The addition of Bemag to our group brings almost all the elements we look for in a successful acquisition and business integration -- an excellent brand reputation, extension of our product range, engineering expertise and a strategic fit that is expected to yield significant cost savings and new revenue opportunities across our existing businesses. The transaction exemplifies the execution of our growth strategy, including the fact that it is expected to be immediately accretive to our earnings per share, excluding one-time transaction costs."

Mr. Mazurek continued, "We are very pleased that Christian Roberge, the former Vice President of Bemag, has agreed to serve as its new President. Thomas Klink, a Pioneer board member and the President of our Jefferson Electric subsidiary, will serve as group head for our dry-type transformer businesses which will now include power dry transformers sold principally under the Bemag and Jefferson brand names."

Thomas Klink, commented, "The combination of Bemag with Jefferson provides full U.S. and Canadian market coverage and allows each company to take advantage of the other's product offerings and sales channels from which we expect incremental organic growth. In the near term, however, we expect the largest benefits to be realized through joint cost savings. At the outset we will be operating from just two manufacturing facilities, as compared to three locations prior to the acquisition. Most importantly, we expect that the marriage of Bemag's proprietary automation technology with Jefferson's low-cost manufacturing operations will result in margin enhancement and make both companies more competitive in their value proposition to customers."

Including the operating results from Bemag for the remaining two quarters of 2011, Pioneer reaffirmed its revenue and earnings guidance for the full year ending December 31, 2011. Consolidated revenue is expected to be between $74 and $85 million, and non-GAAP earnings per share is expected to be between $0.80 and $0.95, as adjusted for the recently completed one-for-five reverse split of Pioneer's common stock. Non-GAAP net earnings is defined as net earnings before amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, stock-based compensation, non-recurring acquisition costs and reorganization expense, impairments, other unusual gains or charges and any tax effects related to these items.

About Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc.
Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. is a manufacturer of specialty electrical equipment through its four operating subsidiaries which include: Pioneer Transformers Ltd., Jefferson Electric, Inc., Bemag Transformer Inc. and Pioneer Wind Energy Systems Inc. Pioneer provides a range of highly-engineered solutions for applications in the utility, industrial, commercial and wind energy market segments of the electrical transmission and distribution industry. Pioneer is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey and presently operates from six locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for manufacturing, centralized distribution, engineering, sales and administration. To learn more about Pioneer, please visit our website at

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