MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sonic Foundry, Inc. (OTC: SOFO), the trusted leader in developing comprehensive video recording and streaming solutions for corporations, health care organizations and government entities today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its Mediasite product and service business to Enghouse Systems Ltd.
Under the terms of the agreement, Sonic Foundry will sell the assets of its Mediasite business including its Japanese and Dutch subsidiaries for US$ 15.5 million in cash (subject to certain price adjustments). Closing of the transaction is subject to approval by Sonic Foundry shareholders and certain customary closing conditions. The Sonic Foundry board of directors, executive officers, and a major shareholder (collectively owning approximately 48% of the outstanding common stock) have entered into support agreements with Enghouse, committing to vote in favor of the transaction.
Sonic Foundry CEO Joe Mozden, Jr. commented, “We are pleased to have identified a strategic buyer for the Mediasite business. Enghouse’s expertise in growing enterprise software businesses and their portfolio of complementary video communications solutions makes them a natural fit to acquire Mediasite. We firmly believe that Enghouse is the ideal partner to expand that business and serve the needs of our long-term customer base. The sale also aligns with the strategic vision I first laid out for Sonic Foundry, creating more opportunities and flexibility for us to focus on our emerging new businesses, Vidable® and Global Learning Exchange™.”
It is currently expected that the acquisition will be completed in the first quarter of 2024.
About Enghouse Systems Limited
Enghouse Systems Ltd. is a Canadian publicly traded company (TSX: ENGH) that provides vertically focused enterprise software solutions focusing on contact centers, video communications, healthcare, telecommunications, public safety and the transit market. Enghouse has a two-pronged growth strategy that focuses on internal growth and acquisitions, which are funded through operating cash flows. The company has no external debt financing and is organized around two business segments: the Interactive Management Group and the Asset Management Group. For more information, please visit www.enghouse.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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Additional Information about the Proposed Transaction and Where You Can Find It
Sonic Foundry plans to file a proxy statement with the SEC relating to a solicitation of proxies from its stockholders in connection with a special meeting of stockholders of Sonic Foundry to be held for the purpose of voting on matters relating to the proposed transaction. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION, SONIC FOUNDRY SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.
The proxy statement and other relevant materials, and any other documents filed by Sonic Foundry with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, stockholders of Sonic Foundry may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by contacting Sarah Wilde at (608) 443-2018, or by writing to Sarah Wilde, Sonic Foundry, Inc., 222 W. Washington Ave, Madison, Wisconsin 53703.
Interests of Certain Participants in the Solicitation
Sonic Foundry and its executive officers and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Sonic Foundry in favor of the proposed transaction. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.
About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Madison, Wis., Sonic Foundry (OTC: SOFO) is dedicated to transforming how the world works and learns through innovative and scalable technology solutions. Sonic Foundry’s brands include Vidable® and Global Learning Exchange® which help unlock a smarter, more connected world for learners, workers, and entrepreneurs everywhere. For more information visit www.sonicfoundry.com.
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