DETROIT, June 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Covisint Corporation (NASDAQ:COVS) the leading Cloud Platform for building Identity and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by OpenText™ (NASDAQ:OTEX) (TSX:OTEX), the global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM).
Under the terms of the agreement, OpenText will acquire all outstanding shares of Covisint common stock in a transaction valued at approximately $103 million. Covisint shareholders will receive $2.45 per share in cash for each outstanding share of common stock held. This transaction is compelling for Covisint shareholders, offering immediate liquidity at a substantial premium. The $2.45 per share consideration represents a 23% premium to the prior closing price on June 2, 2017, a 27% premium to the 30-day volume-weighted average price, and a 46% cash-adjusted premium(1) to the 30-day volume weighted average price.
"After a comprehensive review of strategic options by our Board of Directors, we are very pleased to have reached an agreement with OpenText. We believe this all-cash transaction offers Covisint shareholders immediate liquidity and substantial certainty of value, and represents the best path forward for all of Covisint's stakeholders," said Sam Inman, Covisint's CEO. "This acquisition is a strong recognition of Covisint's leadership in Identity and IoT platforms. We are pleased that our process concluded with OpenText as our partner, and we believe they will add significant value and expertise to accelerate our growth. There is no better place for the Covisint Platform, the Covisint team members and our customers at this time in our evolution."
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Covisint and is expected to close in the third quarter of calendar 2017. Consummation of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by holders of Covisint's common stock.
Evercore is serving as financial advisor to Covisint and Paul Hastings LLP is acting as legal counsel.
About Covisint Corporation
Covisint is the connected company — we securely connect ecosystems of people, systems and things to enable new service offerings, optimize operations, develop new business models and ultimately enable the connected economy. Today, we support more than 2,000 organizations and connect to more than 212,000 business partners and customers worldwide. Learn more at www.covisint.com.
(1) The cash-adjusted calculation deducts the Company's cash and cash equivalents of $33 million or $0.79 per share as of March 31, 2017 from both its current share price and from the total Merger Consideration implied by the offer in order to better reflect the premium being offered.
OpenText enables the digital world, creating a better way for organizations to work with information, on premises or in the cloud. For more information about OpenText (NASDAQ:OTEX) (TSX:OTEX) visit opentext.com.
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