DALLAS and SEATTLE, March 3 -- Kinko's, Inc. and ImageX, Inc. announced today that the two companies have signed a definitive merger agreement for Kinko's the world's leading provider of document solutions and business services, to acquire ImageX, a leading provider of online solutions for distributing, managing and producing business cards, stationery and branded print material.
Under the terms of the agreement, privately held Kinko's will offer to acquire for cash all the outstanding common shares of ImageX in a transaction valued at approximately $16.5 million, or $.512 a share. The Boards of Directors of both companies approved the agreement. Upon completion of the acquisition, ImageX will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinko's.
In accordance with the merger agreement, Kinko's expects to commence a cash tender offer for 100 percent, but not less than a majority, of the outstanding ImageX shares on a fully diluted basis for $.512 per share. The offer is expected to commence following filing of required offering documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is expected to occur within 10 business days.
The complete terms and conditions of the contemplated transactions will be set forth in these offering documents. If a majority of the outstanding shares are purchased in the tender offer, any remaining ImageX shares will be exchanged for cash in the amount of $.512 per share in a merger of ImageX and Kinko's acquisition subsidiary. The transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2003.
All of ImageX's directors and executive officers, as well as a significant shareholder of ImageX, have agreed to sell their shares to Kinko's. These shares represent approximately 28 percent of the outstanding shares of ImageX. Brueggeman and Johnson, P.C. rendered a fairness opinion to the ImageX Board.
Kinko's customers already count on the company for services ImageX provides -- such as business cards and stationery. The transaction provides a natural extension of Kinko's products and services that is expected to add convenience and ease-of-use. The move represents another step in Kinko's drive to make its products and services ever-increasingly convenient to its customers.
"Kinko's acquisition of ImageX allows us to better serve our customers in business cards and business stationery, product areas which are very important and sizable to us," said Gary Kusin, president and chief executive officer of Kinko's. "In addition, I can't think of a better fit between two organizations. We share a common entrepreneurial spirit and both focus on delivering services through the convenience of the Internet."
The acquisition is expected to enhance Kinko's suite of online services -- including kinkos.com and Kinko's DocStore -- and more strongly position Kinko's in the business card and business stationery market with enhanced Web-enabled capabilities. Kinko's also expects to benefit from the expertise of the production and sales team members on staff at ImageX.
"The acquisition of ImageX represents an exciting and synergistic opportunity," says Rich Begert, ImageX's CEO and president. "Kinko's vast customer base, combined with our patented Web-to-plate back-end process, should provide a fantastic opportunity and allow us to fully utilize our application infrastructure. Our customers will now have access to an even broader range of products and services while continuing to benefit from the unique ImageX online solution."
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