Epiq Systems Reaches Agreement to be Acquired for $16.50 Per Share by OMERS Private Equity and Harvest Partners
Transaction valued at approximately $1.0 billion. Upon completion of transaction, Epiq Systems and DTI to combine, creating a global legal services and technology leader.
Kansas City, Kan. (July 27, 2016) — Epiq Systems, Inc. (“Epiq”) (NASDAQ: EPIQ), a leading global provider of integrated technology and services for the legal profession, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by OMERS Private Equity, the private equity arm of the OMERS pension plan, and funds managed by Harvest Partners, LP, a leading middle-market private equity fund, for $16.50 per share in cash. The transaction, which represents a 42% premium to Epiq’s unaffected closing share price of $11.63 as of February 19, 2016, the last trading day before a media report speculating about potential offers for the company, has a total value of approximately $1.0 billion including assumed debt obligations.
The Epiq board of directors unanimously approved the transaction and recommends that Epiq shareholders vote in favor of the transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, upon the closing of the transaction, Epiq shareholders will receive $16.50 in cash for each share of Epiq’s common stock. Upon completion of the transaction, Epiq will become a privately-held company and will be combined with DTI, a leading global legal process outsourcing (LPO) company majority-owned by OMERS and managed by OMERS Private Equity.