Roxio to Acquire MGI Software
Combination Creates Worldwide Leader in Digital Media Software
Roxio Adds Best Selling Consumer Photo Editing and Best Selling Video Editing Software to Its Family of Products
Milpitas, California and Toronto, Canada- (December 4, 2001) - Roxio, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROXI), The Digital Media Company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of MGI Software Corp. (TSE: MGI), a leading global provider of visual media software, in a stock-for-stock transaction. The combination will result in the creation of one of the world's largest consumer digital media software companies. Under the terms of the agreement, approximately 2.3 million shares of Roxio stock will be issued to stockholders of MGI at the close of the transaction, yielding an approximate exchange ratio of 0.05269 shares of Roxio for each share of MGI. Based on Roxio's closing price and the exchange rate on December 3, 2001, this represents a purchase price of approximately $32.8 million U.S. or $51.7 million Canadian. On a per share basis, this represents a purchase price of approximately $0.75 U.S. or $1.18 Canadian. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval in Canada and approval by MGI shareholders and is expected to close within 90 days. The Boards of Directors of both companies have voted unanimously in favor of the transaction.
The combination of Roxio and MGI is key to Roxio's long-term strategy of providing a world-class suite of digital media products and is
expected to result in the industry's most comprehensive product
line-up for consumers to enjoy digital media. Roxio is already the
industry leader in CD recording software and will now lead the consumer
digital media space with the leading photo and the leading video
editing software. Roxio and MGI's products are sold worldwide via
licensing and partnerships with many of the world's leading PC and
digital device manufacturers including Dell, Compaq, IBM, Gateway,
Sony, Toshiba, Microsoft, Intel, Lexmark and Palm as well as via
retail distribution channels such as Best Buy, CompUSA, Costco,
Staples and Office Depot.
"This transaction is highly synergistic from both a product
portfolio and marketing and distribution standpoint and provides
significant leverage in advancing Roxio's vision as the leader in
digital media software," stated Roxio's President and CEO Chris
Gorog. "Digital photography is moving into mainstream adoption
and we believe digital video is the next area of high growth. Having
the number one consumer editing software for these two fast growing
categories positions Roxio well for continued success and future
growth as hundreds of millions of new consumers are expected to
come into the digital media space over the next several years. In
addition to the nearly 100 million customers already using Roxio
and MGI software, this provides us with a great base to continue
to broaden our business."
Roxio expects MGI to contribute approximately $25 million U.S.
in revenues for fiscal 2003 and to be accretive to proforma earnings
based on the First Call consensus estimate for Roxio's fiscal 2003
proforma earnings per share. Roxio intends to leverage MGI's world-class
research and development group while seeking cost efficiencies throughout
the rest of the company where it overlaps with Roxio's organization.
"We at MGI are excited about the opportunity to join with
Roxio and to take our leadership in digital imaging and video to
the next level by becoming part of a leading digital media company,"
stated MGI Chief Executive Officer Anthony DeCristofaro. "Roxio
has a solid track record of profitable growth and positive momentum
and we believe the acquisition is a great strategic opportunity
to realign MGI to capitalize on our technology and engineering prowess
in these markets."
Roxio is making available a line of credit through the close of
up to $1.5 million U.S. to MGI to the extent MGI requires cash to
fund continuing operations. The final number of shares to be issued
in the transaction will be adjusted to the extent the line of credit
is drawn down at the date of close and to the extent MGI has less
than $2.5 million Canadian in net working capital or net shareholders'
equity at the date of close (excluding any liabilities associated
with the line of credit).
Once the transaction is completed, Roxio's product portfolio will
include the following top-selling flagship brands:
CD recording products including: Easy CD Creator (for Windows)
and Toast (for Macintosh) - the #1 selling CD-burning software products
in the world.
PhotoSuite - the #1 selling photo editing software that makes it
easy to edit, organize and share your photos.
VideoWave - the #1 selling video editing tool that allows business
and home users to create videos for the Web, CD, DVD, VCD and VHS.
GoBack - the #1 selling system recovery software that allows user
to "go back" in time and recover from system crashes and
Roxio and MGI management will hold a conference call for investors
and members of the press to discuss this transaction today at 9:00
a.m. PT (12:00 a.m. ET). The dial in number for the conference call
is 800-416-4492 (415-904-2426 outside the U.S. and Canada). The
conference call will also be webcast at: http://investor.roxio.com.
A replay of the conference call will be available for 48 hours by
calling 800-633-8284 (858-812-6440 outside the U.S. and Canada)
and entering the passcode: 20061192.
About MGI Software
MGI is a leading global provider of digital photo and video editing
software. MGI's products are distributed in over 40 countries through
original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), value-added resellers (VARs),
as well as leading computer and electronic retail stores, and websites.
Shipments of MGI's flagship PhotoSuite and VideoWave products have
surpassed 39 million units. The Company's offerings include proprietary
technologies supported by over 90 patents and patent pending applications.
With headquarters in Richmond Hill, Canada, MGI maintains branch
offices in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and
Korea. MGI is a public company whose shares are traded on the Toronto
Stock Exchange under the symbol 'MGI'. More information may be obtained
on MGI's website at: http://www.mgisoftware.com.
Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this
press release, in particular matters related to the closing of the
proposed acquisition, the restructuring of MGI's operations, the
integration of Roxio and MGI's operations and software products,
MGI's contribution of $25 million in revenues for fiscal year 2003
and expectation that such revenues will be accretive to earnings,
the combined company's future revenue and net income, the anticipated
increase in the combined company's installed base of products and
increased consumer demand, are forward-looking statements within
the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the
Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, that are subject to certain
risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those projected. Factors which may cause or contribute
to such differences include the successful closing of the proposed
acquisition, business during the period between now and the closing
date, adverse reactions to the proposed acquisition by customers,
successful integration of MGI into Roxio's business subsequent to
the closing of the proposed acquisition and other risks described
in Roxio's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission
(SEC), including Roxio's Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with
the SEC on June 29, 2001, and in Roxio's Quarterly Report on Form
10-Q as filed with the SEC on November 14, 2001, copies of which
are available at the website maintained by the SEC at: http://www.sec.gov.
Roxio assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements
included in this press release.
Safe Harbor Statement
The matters discussed relating to Roxio in this press release,
in particular matters related to Roxio's OEM relationships, include
forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and
uncertainties, including delays in product development, competition
in the software industry, and failure to maintain OEM relationships,
that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
projected. Additional information on these and other factors are
contained in Roxio's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC), including the Company's Annual Report on Form
10-K as filed with the SEC on July 1, 2002 and Quarterly Report
on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC on November 13, 2002, copies
of which are available at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.
Roxio assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements
included in this press release.
Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, develops and markets the best-selling digital media software in the world. Roxio offers
award-winning software products for CD/DVD burning, photo editing and video editing and has an installed base of over 150 million
users. Roxio distributes its products globally through strategic partnerships with major hardware manufacturers, through leading
retailers, through Internet partnerships and through direct sales at www.roxio.com. Roxio's
parent company, Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC;
http://www.sonic.com) is the leader in digital media software and provides a broad range of software
tools and applications for creative professionals, business and home users and technology partners. Sonic's products range from professional
DVD authoring systems and interactive content delivery technologies that are used to produce the majority of Hollywood movies released on DVD,
to the award-winning Roxio- and Sonic-branded CD and DVD creation, playback and backup applications that have become the premiere solutions
for consumers and business users worldwide. Sonic's AuthorScript® is the de facto standard for CD and DVD burning and formatting and has
been licensed by major software and hardware manufacturers, including Adobe, Broadcom, Microsoft, Scientific-Atlanta, Sony, and many others.
Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.
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