SCM Microsystems and Hirsch Electronics to Merge

SCM Microsystems and Hirsch Electronics to Merge

Combination creates new leader in converged security solutions for physical and logical access

ISMANING, Germany and SANTA ANA, California, December 11, 2008–SCM Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMM; Prime Standard, SMY) and Hirsch Electronics Corp. today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge. The combination of SCM and Hirsch is expected to result in a new security products leader at a time of escalating market demand for converged security solutions leveraging smart cards and smart chip-enabled devices.

Pursuant to the proposed merger, the security holders of Hirsch will receive a combination of cash, SCM common stock and warrants to purchase shares of SCM common stock, with total consideration based on the price of SCM common stock at the time of closing.

The combination of SCM, a leading global provider of smart card-based logical access readers, and Hirsch, a top player in the physical security industry and a pioneer in the electronic access control market, will provide customers with a more comprehensive and powerful set of solutions for linking physical (e.g., building) and logical (e.g., PC and network) access control across the enterprise. Together, the two companies will be better positioned to meet a broader set of customer needs, strengthen their market presence globally, leverage existing distribution channels and achieve an operational scale to accelerate growth into new markets.

“This merger essentially doubles the size of our company and brings significant benefits to our customers, shareholders and employees,” commented Felix Marx, chief executive officer of SCM Microsystems. “Customers worldwide are calling for converged solutions for information security and physical access control, and that is creating demand for a broad set of devices from doors to desktops with support for smart cards, biometrics and contactless technologies. By combining our respective product lines and resources we can address the full spectrum of customer needs, making our combined company much more valuable to our customers.”

“The synergies in the companies’ product lines and the opportunities for new, highly integrated security products are tremendous,” stated Larry Midland, president of Hirsch Electronics. “There is virtually no overlap in the companies’ current lines, yet the products and technologies are extraordinarily complementary. And, in both our organizations’ DNA, we have a commitment to the customer and a clear focus on innovation, reliability, and company integrity. I believe this is an ideal match.”

Following the merger, Mr. Midland is expected to join the board of directors of SCM Microsystems and will become an executive officer of the combined company.

The merger agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is subject to the approval of both SCM’s and Hirsch’s stockholders. The transaction is subject to other customary closing conditions, including the filing by SCM of a registration statement on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) with respect to the registration of shares of SCM common stock and warrants to be issued in the merger, and the declaration of its effectiveness by the SEC. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2009.

Following the merger, the combined company will be called SCM Microsystems and its common stock will continue to trade under SCM Microsystems’ name on both the U.S. NASDAQ and the Frankfurt Prime Standard exchanges. SCM and Hirsch products will continue to be marketed under their respective brand names.

Avondale Partners LLC acted as financial advisor to SCM Microsystems and its Board of Directors, and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP is acting as legal counsel to SCM Microsystems in connection with the transaction. Imperial Capital LLP acted as financial advisor to Hirsch Electronics, and Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP is acting as legal counsel to Hirsch in connection with the transaction.

Additional Information about this Transaction

The Registration Statement on Form S-4 that SCM intends to file with the SEC will include a joint proxy statement of SCM and Hirsch that also constitutes a prospectus of SCM. SCM and Hirsch will mail the definitive joint proxy statement/information statement and prospectus to their stockholders. Security holders of SCM and Hirsch are urged to read the Registration Statement, Joint Proxy Statement/Information Statement and Prospectus, and other documents filed with the SEC regarding the proposed merger carefully and in their entirety when they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction.

In addition to the documents described above, SCM files annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. Security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and the joint proxy statement/information statement and prospectus (when available) and other documents filed by SCM with the SEC at the SEC’s website at or at SCM’s website at


Participants in the Solicitation

SCM and its directors and executive officers and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from SCM stockholders in respect of the proposed transaction. A description of direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, of the directors and executive officers of SCM is set forth in SCM’s proxy statement for its 2008 annual meeting, which was filed with the SEC on April 29, 2008. Additional information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed merger and a description of their interests will be contained in the definitive joint proxy statement/information statement and prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC. Copies of these documents maybe obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at or at SCM’s website at

About SCM Microsystems

SCM Microsystems is a leading provider of solutions that open the Digital World by enabling people to conveniently access digital content and services. The company develops, markets and sells the industry’s broadest range of smart card reader technology for secure PC, network and physical access and digital media readers for transfer of digital content to OEM customers in the government, financial, enterprise, consumer electronics and photographic equipment markets worldwide. Global headquarters are in Ismaning, Germany. For additional information, visit the SCM Microsystems web site at

About Hirsch Electronics

Hirsch Electronics designs and manufactures security systems for worldwide markets. Hirsch is a recognized leader in IP-based physical security solutions that interoperate with other networked databases, devices and systems, such as human resources, provisioning, and directory services. Hirsch’s award-winning role-based access control, identity management, and policy-based security management systems integrate access control, digital video, alarm monitoring, smart cards and biometrics. Website:


Stephan Rohaly, SCM Microsystems, +49 (89) 9595-5110,
Darby Dye, SCM Microsystems, +1 510-249-4883,
Scott Howell, Hirsch Electronics, +1-949-250-8888 ext. 130,