Carbonite, a global leader in data protection and cybersecurity, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by OpenText, a market leader in Enterprise Information Management software and solutions, for $23.00 per Carbonite share in cash.
The transaction values Carbonite at an enterprise value of approximately $1.42 billion and represents a 78% premium to Carbonite’s unaffected closing stock price on September 5, 2019, the last trading day before a media report was published speculating about a potential sale process.
“Following expressions of interest from multiple parties, the Carbonite Board conducted a thorough and comprehensive process, which included contact with a number of strategic and financial parties, to identify the best way to maximize shareholder value,” said Steve Munford, Interim Chief Executive Officer and President/Executive Chairman of the Board of Carbonite.
“The Board strongly believes that a transaction with OpenText delivers compelling, immediate and substantial cash value to shareholders.
Munford continued, “Carbonite has expanded its solutions to become a leader in cyber resiliency. We have grown through both organic and inorganic opportunities over the years, enhancing our routes to market, diversifying our customer base, and assembling a talented workforce, while adding meaningful scale. Joining with OpenText is an exciting next step for Carbonite.”
OpenText is a leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), both on-premises and for cloud services, offering the only complete solution for EIM with a comprehensive view of all the information within an organization. OpenText operates in 40 countries, providing a tested platform for growth and new sales opportunities.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of Carbonite common stock and regulatory approvals.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as financial advisor to Carbonite, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP acted as legal advisor.