SafeNet to be Acquired by Private Equity Firm Vector Capital for $634 Million
Vector Capital Will Commence Tender Offer for All Outstanding SafeNet Shares for $28.75 Per Share in Cash
BALTIMORE, Maryland - March 5, 2007 -- SafeNet, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFNT), setting the standard for information security, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an investor group led by Vector Capital in a transaction valued at approximately $634 million. The $28.75 per share price represents a premium of 12% over the SafeNet average closing share price during the 30 trading days ended March 2, 2007 and a 57% premium over its closing stock price on October 2, 2006, the last date before the Company commenced intensive efforts to explore its strategic alternatives.
Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of Vector Capital (Stealth Acquisition Corp.) will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of SafeNet common stock for $28.75 per share in cash. The offer is expected to commence on or before March 12, 2007, and will expire at midnight on the 20th business day following and including the commencement date, unless extended in accordance with the terms of the merger agreement and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").
The Board of Directors of SafeNet unanimously approved the definitive agreement and recommends that shareholders tender their shares into the tender offer. Members of SafeNet's Board have agreed to tender their shares.
Walter Straub, SafeNet's Chairman and CEO, said, "Over the past five months, our Board of Directors engaged in an extremely thorough review of all strategic options available to the Company, including a broad solicitation process that resulted in significant competitive interest in our Company. Based on this comprehensive process, the Board determined that being acquired by Vector Capital and its partners represents a compelling opportunity that is in the best interest of our shareholders, customers and employees."
"In Vector, we have identified a partner that is committed to assisting the Company to fully realize its opportunities while we continue to address our issues and build momentum in our business," continued Straub.
Chris Nicholson, a Partner at Vector, said, "SafeNet's full suite of leading government and industry security solutions uniquely position the Company with its strong customer base, and we look forward to working with SafeNet's talented employees and management team to build lasting value for the Company and its customers."
David Fishman, a Principal at Vector commented, "The challenges of being a public company today can sometimes inhibit growth in companies like SafeNet. We believe SafeNet will significantly benefit from being a private company, and will be in a better position to help achieve its goal of providing leading security solutions to both its Government and Commercial customers."
The tender offer is conditioned upon, among other things, approximately 78% of SafeNet's shares being tendered in the offer based on the current shares and options outstanding. If the Company becomes current in its SEC filings, the minimum tender condition will be reduced to a majority of the fully diluted eligible shares.
The transaction is not subject to any financing condition. The transaction will be financed through a combination of equity and debt, with the debt financing committed by Deutsche Bank and Citigroup Global Markets and the equity committed by Vector and certain of its partners. Provided that the minimum tender condition is met, the transaction is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2007, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be approved or consummated.
Merrill Lynch is acting as financial advisor to SafeNet, Inc., and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is acting as the Company's legal advisor. Credit Suisse also was retained to provide certain financial advisory services to the Board of Directors of SafeNet. O'Melveny and Myers is acting as legal advisor to Vector Capital. Deutsche Bank served as lead financial advisor and co-lead arranger of the debt financing and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. served as co-advisor and co-lead arranger.
About SafeNet, Inc.
SafeNet is a global leader in information security. Founded more than 20 years ago, the company provides complete security utilizing its encryption technologies to protect communications, intellectual property and digital identities, and offers a full spectrum of products including hardware, software, and chips. UBS, Nokia, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Bank of America, Adobe, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Samsung, Texas Instruments, the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and scores of other customers entrust their security needs to SafeNet. For more information, visit www.safenet-inc.com.
About Vector Capital
Vector Capital is a leading private equity firm specializing in buyouts, spinouts and recapitalizations of established technology businesses. Vector identifies and pursues these complex investments in both the private and public markets. Vector actively partners with management teams to devise and execute new financial and business strategies that materially improve the competitive standing of these businesses and enhance their value for employees, customers and shareholders. Among Vector's notable investments are Savi Technology, LANDesk Software, Corel Corporation (Nasdaq: CREL), Register.com, and Watchguard Technologies. For more information, visit www.vectorcapital.com.
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