SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., Sept. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On September 13, 2017, Key Tronic Corporation (Nasdaq:KTCC), a provider of electronic manufacturing services, became aware of a press release issued by Cemtrex, Inc. (“Issuer”) on September 13, 2017 regarding its purported exchange offer for the outstanding shares of common stock of Key Tronic. We strongly disagree with virtually all of the assertions made by Issuer in that press release, including its characterization of Key Tronic’s financial performance and value relative to that of Issuer, for several reasons, among others:
- An actual exchange offer has not been made by Issuer pursuant to the preliminary materials filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- If this offer were in fact made, the purported offer would give Key Tronic shareholders only one Cemtrex share (which had a closing price of $3.19 as of September 14, 2017) for one Key Tronic share (which had a closing price of $6.85 as of September 14, 2017). Key Tronic believes that there is no reason to assume that the public prices are not a significant market indicator of the relative values of the shares of the two companies. The exchange would have resulted in an immediate discount of approximately 53% per share to the price of Key Tronic’s common stock based on the closing prices on September 14, 2017.
- The financial comparisons that Issuer makes to Key Tronic are very misleading because, among other things, Issuer does not properly identify the periods it is comparing, appropriately consider the size and maturities of Key Tronic and the Issuer, or explain how ratios and percentages are calculated.
- Financial comparisons depend on reliable underlying auditor-reviewed financial information. Key Tronic is very skeptical of the accuracy of Issuer’s reported financial information due in part to the fact that:
- Issuer is not audited by a nationally recognized accounting firm.
- One published media report has raised questions about Issuer’s auditor, Bharat Parikh & Associates, headquartered in India. According to public records of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Bharat Parikh & Associates audited a total of five public companies during the twelve months ending in March 2017, all of which were small public companies.
- The Issuer has not addressed how it would be able to pay off Key Tronic debt or address covenants contained in Key Tronic’s loan agreements if Issuer were to consolidate or merge with Key Tronic.
- Key Tronic has never encountered Issuer in the electronic manufacturing services (EMS) market space, nor was Key Tronic aware of Issuer’s existence before Issuer filed a registration statement regarding this purported offer.
- Our initial research shows Issuer reports approximately $45 million of EMS revenue. In our opinion, this does not qualify Issuer to make any statements as to how it might operate an EMS business like Key Tronic which is over 10 times Issuer’s current size in terms of revenue.
As we stated in a prior press release, Key Tronic was unaware of any purported interest in Key Tronic by Issuer and had not had any communication with Issuer or any of its affiliates relating to such interests prior to becoming aware of the Issuer’s filings on September 5, 2017. Key Tronic has extremely serious concerns about the accuracy of Issuer’s statements and its motives, as well as the legitimacy of the purported offer.
Key Tronic intends to focus on continuing to execute on our strategic plan. We believe that pursuing our growth opportunities and continuing to leverage our competitive strengths will be in the best long-term interests of our shareholders.
About Key Tronic
Key Tronic is a leading contract manufacturer offering value-added design and manufacturing services from its facilities in the United States, Mexico and China. Key Tronic provides its customers full engineering services, materials management, worldwide manufacturing facilities, assembly services, in-house testing, and worldwide distribution. Its customers include some of the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers. For more information about Key Tronic visit: www.keytronic.com.
Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements relating to Cemtrex’s stated intention to make an exchange offer for Key Tronic’s common stock, and Key Tronic’s growth opportunities, competitive strengths and execution of the strategic plan. Forward-looking statements include all passages containing verbs such as aims, anticipates, believes, estimates, expects, hopes, intends, plans, predicts, projects or targets or nouns corresponding to such verbs. Forward-looking statements also include other passages that are primarily relevant to expected future events or that can only be fully evaluated by events that will occur in the future. There are many factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted or projected in forward-looking statements, including the other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Key Tronic’s SEC filings, including its most recent annual report and subsequent quarterly reports.
Chief Financial Officer
Key Tronic Corporation