Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in smart mobility infrastructure management, today announced that its Board of Directors has reviewed and unanimously rejected the non-binding, unsolicited proposal disclosed today by Rekor Systems (NASDAQ: REKR) to acquire Iteris for consideration consisting of approximately 17% cash and 83% Rekor shares at current stock prices.
“After a careful and thorough review, conducted in consultation with our independent advisors, the Iteris Board unanimously concluded that the unsolicited proposal significantly undervalues the Company and is not in the best interests of our shareholders,” said Tom Thomas, Chairman of the Board of Iteris. “The Board is always looking for ways to maximize value for our shareholders, but Rekor’s proposal does not reflect Iteris’ intrinsic value, including the significant long-term opportunities ahead of us.”
Joe Bergera, President and CEO of Iteris added, “Benefitting significantly from favorable, long-term trends, Iteris’ financial performance and momentum are accelerating. We are confident that we have the right strategy in place to continue our success, which will deliver profitable growth and increase shareholder value in 2021 and beyond.”
About Iteris, Inc.
Iteris is the global leader in smart mobility infrastructure management – the foundation for a new era of mobility. We apply cloud computing, artificial intelligence, advanced sensors, advisory services and managed services to achieve safe, efficient and sustainable mobility. Our end-to-end solutions monitor, visualize and optimize mobility infrastructure around the world to help ensure that roads are safe, travel is efficient, and communities thrive. Visit www.iteris.com for more information and join the conversation on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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