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Methode Electronics Announces a Cash Offer to Acquire Nordic Lights Group Corporation

February 28, 2023

CHICAGO, Feb. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI), a leading global supplier of custom-engineered solutions for user interface, LED lighting system and power distribution applications, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which it will launch a recommended public tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Nordic Lights Group Corporation (“Nordic Lights”), at an offer price of EUR 6.30 per share, for a total equity value of approximately EUR 132 million. Nordic Lights is a premium provider of high-quality lighting solutions for heavy-duty equipment and a public limited liability company incorporated in Finland with its shares admitted to trading on Nasdaq First North.

Excluding pre-tax costs related to the transaction, Methode expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings and free cash flow on a per share basis in fiscal 2024 prior to any potential synergies and inclusive of estimated amortization, purchase accounting adjustments and interest expense. Methode expects to fund the purchase with a combination of cash on hand and debt financing under its existing credit facility. The transaction is not subject to a financing condition.

Nordic Lights focuses on providing premium lighting solutions to five end-user segments: mining, construction, forestry, agriculture and material handling. Nordic Lights manufactures lights for three main application areas: work lights, driving lights and signal lights for heavy duty equipment. Nordic Lights’s products are mainly based on light-emitting diode (“LED”) technology, but its product offering also includes HID (i.e., Xenon) lights. Nordic Lights is headquartered in Pietarsaari, Finland, and had 271 employees worldwide as of December 31, 2022.

President and Chief Executive Officer Donald W. Duda said, “Methode considers Nordic Lights to be highly complementary to its own existing LED lighting solutions. In addition, the business aligns well with our inorganic growth framework given its focus on engineered solutions for OEMs, its industrial and non-auto transportation market exposure, and its customer and geographic diversity. We look forward to working closely with the talented Nordic Lights team to grow and strengthen their business even further.”

The transaction is subject to the satisfaction (or waiver by Methode) of customary closing conditions for the acquisition of a public company in Finland, including, amongst others, (i) that the tender offer is irrevocably accepted by shareholders holding more than 90 percent of the shares and voting rights in Nordic Lights, which will enable Methode to compulsorily acquire the remaining shares in the capital of Nordic Lights under Finnish law, and (ii) the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed (including completion of the compulsory acquisition of Nordic Lights shares from any non-tendering minority) in the second half of 2023.

Moelis & Company LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Methode. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, together with Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd served as Methode’s outside legal co-counsel. Hill+Knowlton Strategies served as Methode’s communications advisor.

About Methode Electronics, Inc.
Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI) is a leading global supplier of custom-engineered solutions with sales, engineering and manufacturing locations in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. We design, engineer, and produce mechatronic products for OEMs utilizing our broad range of technologies for user interface, LED lighting system, power distribution and sensor applications.

Our solutions are found in the end markets of transportation (including automotive, commercial vehicle, e-bike, aerospace, bus and rail), cloud computing infrastructure, construction equipment, consumer appliance, and medical devices. Our business is managed on a segment basis, with those segments being Automotive, Industrial, Interface and Medical.

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For Methode Electronics, Inc.
Robert K. Cherry
Vice President Investor Relations

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