NEW YORK, July 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harris & Harris Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TINY), an investor in transformative companies enabled by disruptive science, notes that its portfolio company, Bridgelux, Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an investment group led by the China Electronics Corporation ("CEC") and ChongQing Linkong Development Investment Company. Established in 1989, CEC controls 61 second-level subsidiaries, including 13 listed holding companies.
Harris & Harris Group invested a total of $5.4 million in Bridgelux, beginning with its initial investment in 2005 and valued its securities of the company at $3.5 million as of March 31, 2015. Harris & Harris Group expects to receive cash proceeds from the sale in an amount to be finalized upon closing. In addition to the cash proceeds, Harris & Harris Group will receive equity of Xenio Corporation, a spinoff company focused on commercializing Bridgelux’s smart lighting business to address the emerging $135 billion lighting opportunity in the Internet of Things ("IoT") market.
“We are excited to see Bridgelux combine its technology, products and expertise with the extensive scale and resources of CEC,” said Douglas W. Jamison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Harris & Harris Group. “We believe this type of scale and consolidation in the LED industry is a positive trend and one that could enable Bridgelux to accelerate its growth and leadership position faster than it could have done as a standalone entity. We are also excited to be shareholders of Xenio and the potential future growth of the IoT market.”
Bridgelux and CEC expect the acquisition to close within the next six to eight weeks, subject to customary regulatory approvals. Bridgelux's press release may be accessed at http://www.bridgelux.com/resources/investment-group-led-china-electronics-corporation-and-bridgelux-bring-high-quality-solid.
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