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Creo To Buy ScenicSoft for $9.5 Million, No Immediate Changes Planned

Press release from the issuing company

Aug. 16, 2002-- Creo has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ScenicSoft, Inc., a privately held company located near Seattle. ScenicSoft develops and markets software for the publishing and printing industries, and is a pioneer in developing digital prepress solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, Creo will acquire ScenicSoft for approximately US$9.5 million in a combination of cash, equity and an assumption of liabilities. The acquisition is expected to close within 90 days and is expected to be accretive to Creo's adjusted earnings per share within one year from the close. In a supplemental statement released by Creo, the company said the “impact to both ScenicSoft and Creo customers during this transaction period would be minimal. There are no immediate changes planned to the facilities, products, or employees of ScenicSoft” and “current product lines will be fully supported.” The statement said that “customer support programs will continue as they do today, and sales and support people can be contacted at the same telephone and fax numbers.” Also, “current agreements between ScenicSoft and dealers, distributors, resellers, or strategic partners will remain in force with Creo.” "After working in partnership with ScenicSoft for the last eight years, Creo welcomes ScenicSoft's market-leading software for layout and imposition into our product range," stated Amos Michelson, chief executive officer of Creo. "ScenicSoft is known for its Preps software, the industry's leading page imposition layout software for offset printing." ScenicSoft has built a substantial customer base, with more than 20,000 seats of Preps alone, many of which are installed at the facilities of Creo customers. Mr. Michelson continued, "Creo also gains several other products that complement our Networked Graphic Production initiative, which integrates all aspects of print-production - from idea to delivery. The added technology, category-leading products, and industry knowledge of the ScenicSoft team will further strengthen our ability to deliver the best solutions to our customers." Led by founder and President Erik Smith, ScenicSoft was established in 1985 and currently has 72 employees. ScenicSoft's print-production software products help streamline and automate prepress workflow. In addition to the Preps imposition package, products include Pandora, a native PDF step-and-repeat solution for the packaging and label industries; UpFront(TM), an innovative solution for print-production planning; TrapWise(TM), a full-featured trapping solution; and Color Central(TM) an OPI server that automates the time-consuming tasks in the print-production workflow. In addition to its headquarters facility near Seattle, WA, ScenicSoft also operates a development and support center in Turnhout, Belgium. Terms of the Transaction Under the proposed terms of the transaction, Creo Acquisition, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Creo, will merge with ScenicSoft. The common share, preferred share and option holders of ScenicSoft will receive an aggregate payment of approximately US$7.2 million at the closing. The Creo subsidiary will also assume approximately US$2.3 million of ScenicSoft's liabilities. Of the US$7.2 million to be received by ScenicSoft securities holders, US$4.0 million will be payable by Creo one year after the close of the transaction and will be represented by unsecured, non-interest bearing, convertible promissory notes. Creo further has the option to convert these notes into common shares at an average closing price of Creo common shares for the ten days prior to the one-year anniversary of the closing of the transaction. The completion of the proposed transaction is subject to several conditions, including approval by a majority of the common and preferred shareholders of ScenicSoft and the expiration or waiver of certain notification periods between ScenicSoft and third parties and customers. Creo has entered into a merger voting agreement with certain shareholders of ScenicSoft who represent, in aggregate, over 67 percent of the outstanding ScenicSoft preferred stock and over 67 percent of the outstanding ScenicSoft common stock. Pursuant to this agreement, these shareholders have agreed to vote in favor of the proposed transaction and granted to Creo an irrevocable proxy to vote their respective shares of ScenicSoft in favor of the transaction.