Verifone Systems, Inc. (NYSE: PAY) today announced that it has sent a letter to the Board of Directors of Hypercom Corporation, detailing a proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Hypercom for $5.25 per share in cash.
The full text of the letter follows:
September 27, 2010
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
8888 E. Raintree Drive, Suite 300
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
We are disappointed in your failure to engage in a meaningful discussion regarding our September 24 proposal in which Verifone Systems, Inc. proposed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Hypercom Corporation at a 0.21x exchange ratio. That proposal represented an exceptional premium of 52% over the closing price of your shares on September 23 and 69% over the average share price for the thirty trading days prior to our proposal.
I am therefore writing on behalf of the Board of Directors of Verifone to propose a transaction in which Verifone would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Hypercom for $5.25 in cash. The entire purchase price will be funded with our cash on hand and new committed financing the availability of which has been confirmed by our financial advisors.
Our proposal would deliver to your shareholders an immediate cash premium of 37% over your closing share price on September 23, 2010 and 52% over your 30-day trailing average closing price as of that date. This proposal is extremely attractive on every relevant financial metric. Consummation of the proposal would insulate your shareholders from the risk that Hypercom faces should it continue to experience disappointing financial and operating results in these challenging markets. In short, this proposal represents a unique opportunity and we are convinced your shareholders will agree. We are confident that the transaction will receive all necessary regulatory approvals and are prepared to take extraordinary steps to the extent necessary or expedient to complete this transaction, including the divesture of your relatively small U.S. business if necessary in order to eliminate any possible domestic regulatory concerns.
We have engaged J.P. Morgan Securities LLC as financial advisors, and Sullivan and Cromwell LLP as counsel in connection with the proposed transaction. We and our advisors are available to meet to discuss the terms of our proposal and to negotiate a definitive agreement as soon as possible. It is our strong preference to work together with the Hypercom Board to reach a mutually agreeable transaction. Unfortunately, in light of your rejection of our Friday evening’s proposal for a stock-for-stock transaction at a higher valuation, and the urgency of proceeding promptly with this transaction unfettered by any delaying or frustrating actions Hypercom may pursue and before market rumors further distort the trading in your shares, we are simultaneously making this letter public to enable your stockholders to determine for themselves whether their Board and management should be engaged in a meaningful and productive dialog about Verifone’s proposal.
/s/ Douglas G. Bergeron
Douglas G. Bergeron
Chief Executive Officer
Verifone Systems, Inc.
cc: Verifone Board of Directors
Scott Miller, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Verifone plans to conduct a conference call to discuss its proposal with its shareholders today, Wednesday September 29 at 2pm Pacific. To access the live conference call, the dial-in numbers are as follows:
International callers: +1-617-213-8897
To access the audio webcast, please go to Verifone's website (http://ir.verifone.com) at least ten minutes prior to the call to register. The recorded audio webcast will be available on Verifone's website until October 6, 2010.
A replay of the conference call, which can be accessed by dialing toll-free 888-286-8010, and outside the U.S. by dialing +1-617-801-6888, will be available until October 6, 2010. The access code for the replay is 41145896.
About Verifone Systems, Inc. (www.verifone.com)
Verifone Systems, Inc. (“Verifone”) (NYSE: PAY) is the global leader in secure electronic payment solutions. Verifone provides expertise, solutions and services that add value to the point of sale with merchant-operated, consumer-facing and self-service payment systems for the financial, retail, hospitality, petroleum, government and healthcare vertical markets. Verifone solutions are designed to meet the needs of merchants, processors and acquirers in developed and emerging economies worldwide.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for Verifone Systems, Inc.
This press release includes certain forward-looking statements related to Verifone Systems, Inc. within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on Verifone management's current expectations or beliefs and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements herein due to changes in economic, business, competitive, technological and/or regulatory factors, and other risks and uncertainties affecting the operation of the business of Verifone Systems, Inc. These risks and uncertainties include whether the proposed transaction described in this press release receives the support of Hypercom and can be completed in a timely manner, and whether the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction can be achieved. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Verifone is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.