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04.11.2005

Verity und Autonomy bilden Power-Couple

Wie erwähnt, arbeitet Rolotec im Bereich der Knowledge Management-Dienstleistungen mit dem US-Softwareanbieter Verity zusammen. Heute wurde bekannt gegeben, dass die beiden Branchenführer Verity und Autonomy künftig zusammengehen werden. Autonomy bietet den Verity-Aktionären laut Dow Jones Newswires (u.a. Newsfeed von Telekurs iD Intelligent Display) $13.50 je Aktie (Schlusskurs am 3. November 2005 war $10.37). Wenn Sie die ganze Pressemitteilung lesen wollen, klicken Sie bitte auf "mehr" am Schluss dieses Textes.

Was bedeutet das Zusammengehen der beiden Branchenführer für uns und unsere Kunden? Nun, ohne allzu blauäugig sein zu wollen, dürfte das Produktangebot zweifelsohne aufgewertet werden. Spezialitäten der beiden Anbieter sind unter anderem die sprachunabhängige Analyse von unstrukturierten Informationen durch Autonomy oder die automatisierte Klassifizierung durch Verity. Wir informieren zu gegebener Zeit über die konkreten Auswirkungen der Übernahme auf die Produkte- und Servicepalette von Autonomy/Verity.

Ps. Nebst Anpassung und Integration von Verity-Software bieten wir im Bereich des Wissensmanagements auch Eigententwicklungen und Einsatzmöglichkeiten von Alternativ-Software an - immer optimal zugeschnitten auf die Bedürfnisse unserer Kunden.

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

PRESS RELEASE: Autonomy Corporation plc Announces Agreement to Acquire Verity, Inc.

CAMBRIDGE, England, November 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU. or AU.L), a global leader in infrastructure software, and Verity, Inc., a leading provider of business search and process management software, today announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Autonomy will acquire Verity.

Acquisition Highlights

- Under the terms of the Acquisition Agreement, it is proposed that Verity stockholders will receive $13.50 in cash for each outstanding Verity share, representing a premium of 30% to the closing share price of $10.37 on 3 November 2005.

- Aggregate consideration of approximately $500 million (assuming exercise of all vested in-the-money Verity share options), funded by certain capital raising measures, a term loan and a portion of Verity and Autonomy's cash reserves. Post-closing Autonomy expects to have a cash balance of at least $65 million.

- Dr. Mike Lynch, Autonomy group CEO and co-founder, will continue as Chief Executive Officer of the expanded group. Anthony Bettencourt, CEO of Verity, will assume the position of CEO, Autonomy, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Autonomy. Stouffer Egan, current CEO, Autonomy, Inc., will move to Autonomy group and assume the position of Autonomy group Chief Strategy Officer

- All shareholding directors and executive officers of Autonomy and Verity have agreed to vote in favour of the Acquisition

- The Transaction is expected to complete in late 2005 and is subject to Autonomy and Verity shareholder and regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions

Commenting on the Acquisition, Dr. Mike Lynch, Group CEO of Autonomy, said: "This is a transformational acquisition for Autonomy. The combination of Verity's core competencies within IDOL will extend the adoption of our Intelligent Data Operating Layer as the standard for handling all forms of unstructured information. We are bringing together two world-class companies that will substantially increase our scale and diversify our revenue streams. We believe the Acquisition will enable us to provide a significantly enhanced product offering to both companies' clients, whilst continuing to lead innovation in the industry. We are looking forward to working together with the extremely talented teams at Verity and offering all of our customers the benefits of automation."

"By Verity uniting with Autonomy, our combined 16,000 customers will benefit from the blend of technology leadership and customer-facing strengths in sales, support and professional services, all under one corporate banner," said Anthony Bettencourt, Verity Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Bettencourt continued: "Autonomy's technology has been designed over the years to be compatible with Verity's products as is evidenced in existing joint customers. The combination will make available to each company's customers the next generation technology and most advanced suite of functionality, whilst protecting investments in Verity's products."

Acquisition Terms

Under the terms of the Acquisition Agreement, Verity stockholders will receive $13.50 in cash for each outstanding Verity share, representing aggregate consideration of approximately $500 million (assuming exercise of all vested in-the-money Verity share options). The cash portion of the consideration will be funded through the proceeds of a rights issue (which is not open to US shareholders, subject to certain exceptions), a term loan of up to $60 million and Verity's and Autonomy's existing cash resources. The Acquisition is conditional upon, inter alia: (i) approval by Verity shareholders; (ii) approval by Autonomy shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting, notice of which will be sent to Autonomy shareholders in due course; and (iii) regulatory approvals, including antitrust approvals. The terms of the Acquisition have been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. Verity has agreed to pay a break-up fee to Autonomy of $12 million payable under the Acquisition Agreement upon certain termination events. Autonomy may be required to pay a break-up fee to Verity of $6.7 million under the Acquisition Agreement in limited circumstances relating to breach of financing obligations.

Timetable

Autonomy intends to send materials to Autonomy shareholders in due course. Assuming all conditions are satisfied, Autonomy currently expects the Acquisition to complete in late 2005.

Verfasst von Hans Fischer um 04.11.05 09:29

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