Announcement Provides Liquidity and Value Certainty for Zix Stockholders, Follows Extensive Process
Zix Corporation , a leading provider of cloud email security, threat protection and compliance cloud solutions for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs), announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by OpenText™, a market-leading provider of Information Management solutions, for $8.50 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value of $860 million.
“We are pleased to announce this transaction with OpenText,” said Robert Hausmann, Chairman of Zix. “Following a strategic review conducted by our Board of the Directors (the “Board”), triggered in part by unsolicited approaches from multiple parties, Zix and its financial advisor conducted a broad outreach to more than 70 strategic and financial parties over a number of months. Today’s announcement is the culmination of that process. This transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Zix Board, delivers to Zix’s stockholders liquidity, value certainty and a high likelihood and speed to closing with a proven acquiror.”
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“We are pleased to announce this transaction with OpenText”
Dave Wagner, Zix’s Chief Executive Officer, added, “Over the past several years, Zix has expanded its product portfolio and customer base through acquisitions and organic initiatives. We are thrilled to join forces with OpenText and add Zix’s Secure Cloud Platform to the Carbonite and Webroot products in OpenText’s SMB Platform. OpenText provides the ideal opportunity to help Zix achieve its next phase of growth. This transaction will bring greater resources and product capabilities, and provide significant benefits to our customers, partners and employees.”
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Under the terms of the agreement, an OpenText subsidiary will commence a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Zix common stock at a price of $8.50 per share in cash, representing a premium of 16% to the volume-weighted average closing price of Zix common stock for the 20 trading days prior to October 18, 2021, when news reports appeared regarding a potential transaction.
Closing is subject to the tender of two-thirds of Zix’s common shares outstanding as well as customary regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, and the transaction is expected to close within 90 days of this announcement. Zix’s largest shareholder, an affiliate of True Wind Capital, L.P., has agreed, subject to satisfaction of certain conditions, to convert its Series A Preferred Shares into common shares and to tender those shares in the tender offer. Zix’s executive officers and certain directors have likewise agreed to tender their common shares in the tender offer.