Combined company to bring advanced products to market that redefine audio for gamers, consumers and businesses.
Parametric Sound Corporation is merging with Turtle Beach. The merger will combine Parametric's audio innovations with Turtle Beach's significant financial, technical, design, sales and marketing resources. Parametric's strong research and development capabilities will be leveraged to accelerate innovation enabling the combined company to deliver sustained growth and shareholder value.
Turtle Beach is an audio technology innovator and has created the market for advanced gaming headsets. Their advanced products allow video game players to experience high-quality, immersive sound and communicate with others while playing video games. The company has gained a dominant position in gaming headsets through a combination of audio technology innovation, quality, marketing savvy and effective retail distribution. Turtle Beach has strong market share in established gaming markets, including a 53% dollar share of the U.S. gaming headset market as of year-end 2012 according to The NPD Group, and a growing market share in the broader consumer audio market. As a result, the company has built a profitable business with approximately $205 million in revenues in 2012. Turtle Beach is majority owned by the Stripes Group, an entrepreneurial growth equity fund based in New York City.
The combined company will be able to leverage Turtle Beach's global distribution network and experience to bring new products to market. Turtle Beach headsets are sold at more than 27,000 storefronts across 40 countries, including major retailers such as Best Buy, Carrefour, GameStop, HMV, Sainsbury, Target, Tesco and Walmart.
Under the terms of the agreement, former Turtle Beach stockholders are expected to own approximately 80 percent of the combined company´s shares outstanding at closing, and Parametric stockholders are expected to own approximately 20 percent of the combined company's shares, subject to adjustment as provided in the merger agreement. The new company will continue to operate under the name Parametric Sound Corporation and will be headquartered in San Diego. The gaming products will continue under the well regarded Turtle Beach brand. In connection with the proposed transaction, Parametric intends to file with the SEC a proxy statement and other relevant materials and documents regarding the proposed transaction.