Gentex Signs Agreement to Acquire HomeLink(R)

Jul 18, 2013

ZEELAND, MI--(Marketwired - Jul 18, 2013) -  Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX), the Zeeland, Michigan-based manufacturer of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and camera-based lighting and driver-assist systems for the automotive industry, commercial fire protection products and dimmable aircraft windows, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Johnson Controls' HomeLink® business.

"HomeLink is a strategic and welcome addition to our portfolio of automotive products," said Gentex Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Fred Bauer. "Our two businesses share similar cultures and traits, both being people-oriented, innovative, leading and technologically-driven."

HomeLink, a vehicle-based control system that enables drivers to remotely activate garage door openers, entry door locks, home lighting, security systems, entry gates, and other radio frequency convenience products, has been integrated into Gentex' automatic-dimming rearview mirrors for more than 10 years. It is compatible with a wide variety of home safety and convenience products, and is currently offered in all automotive brands. HomeLink is compatible with more than 99 percent of garage door opening systems, and is sold in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia/Pacific and the Middle East.

Under the terms of the agreement, Gentex will acquire all of Johnson Controls' HomeLink assets, intellectual property, testing facilities, and the talented employees who manage and support the business, for a purchase price of $700 million. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including certain regulatory approval, and is targeted to close on or about September 30, 2013. 

"During the integration, which is expected to occur over the next 12 to 18 months, our customers will continue to receive the same great quality that they have grown accustomed to from Gentex and Johnson Controls," continued Bauer. 

Once fully integrated the Company expects that its' annual revenue will increase in the range of $125 million to $150 million per year. The Company also estimates that the Company's gross profit margin will be positively impacted in the range of 1% - 1.5% on a consolidated basis. The Company further expects that once the integration is completed, operating expenses for the Company will be in the range of the company's historical operating expenses as a percent of sales. Based on these estimates and expectations, the Company forecasts the addition of HomeLink to be accretive to profitability and earnings per share, and a growth driver for the business overall.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the announcement of this acquisition as part of the previously announced second quarter earnings conference call on July 24, 2013 at 10:30 am.

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About The Company

Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) is the leading supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and camera-based lighting-assist and driver-assist systems to the global automotive industry. The Company also provides commercial smoke alarms and signaling devices to the global fire protection market, as well as dimmable aircraft windows for the commercial, business and general aviation markets. Based in Zeeland, Michigan, the international Company develops, manufactures and markets interior and exterior automatic-dimming automotive rearview mirrors that utilize a proprietary electrochromic technology to dim in proportion to the amount of headlight glare from trailing vehicle headlamps. More than half of the Company's interior mirrors are sold with advanced electronic features, and more than 98 percent of the Company's net sales are derived from the sale of auto-dimming mirrors to every major automaker in the world. Visit the Company's web site at

Contact Information:

Gentex Corporation
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(616) 772-1590, ext. 4207