Press release BoxID: 261319 (Open Text AG)
  • Open Text AG
  • Bäderstrasse 27
  • 5400 Baden
  • Contact person
  • Jolanda Brühwiler
  • +41 (44) 80640 -52 / -50

Open Text to Acquire Vignette

(PresseBox) (Waterloo, ON and Austin, TX, ) Open Text(TM) Corporation (NASDAQ:OTEX) (TSX: OTC), a global leader in Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software, and Vignette Corporation (NASDAQ:VIGN), the company that the world's leading brands rely on for innovative and dynamic web experiences, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Vignette will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Open Text.

Vignette shareholders will receive US $8.00 in cash plus 0.1447 of an Open Text common share for every Vignette common share which equates to approximately US $12.70 at close of market on May 5, 2009. This represents a premium of approximately 74% above the 30 trading day average closing price of Vignettes shares and approximately 41% above the most recent closing price. This values the transaction at approximately US $310 million. John Shackleton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Open Text, stated The combination of Vignette with Open Text will extend the breadth of our offerings and further Open Texts positioning as the leading independent ECM vendor in the marketplace.

Vignettes customers represent some of the world's most powerful online brands and we are excited about the opportunity to expand the relationship with these customers and partners, said Shackleton. After a thorough evaluation of strategic and financial alternatives, the Vignette Board of Directors believes that todays announcement provides attractive value for our shareholders, said Mike Aviles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vignette. Our shareholders, customers, partners and employees will all benefit as Vignette combines with Open Text.

Joining Open Text builds on our commitment to deliver the most innovative solutions for our customers and partners. Vignette has an enviable customer base, deep expertise in Web Content Management (WCM) and global distribution capabilities. Vignette customers will benefit from Open Texts expanded ECM solutions portfolio as well as their Vignette products being supported by the worlds largest independent ECM solutions provider, said Aviles. Vignette is based in Austin, Texas, and has approximately 700 employees. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of calendar 2009 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Vignettes shareholders, Hart-Scott-Rodino anti-trust clearance, Securities and Exchange Commission clearance and stock exchange approvals.

About Vignette

Vignette provides software and services that deliver the Web's most dynamic user experiences. The Vignette Web Experience brings rich media and engaging content to life for the world's greatest brands. Vignette is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with operations worldwide.

Additional Information about the Merger and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed merger, Open Text will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that will include a proxy statement of Vignette that also constitutes a prospectus of Open Text. Vignette will mail the proxy statement/prospectus to its stockholders. Open Text and Vignette urge investors and security holders to read the proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed merger when it becomes available because it will contain important information. You may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement/prospectus (when available) and other related documents filed by Vignette and Open Text with the SEC at the SECs website at The proxy statement/prospectus (when it is available) and the other documents may also be obtained for free by accessing Vignettes investor relations website at by clicking on the link SEC Filings under the heading Investor Relations or by accessing Open Texts website at and clicking on the Company link, then clicking on the link for Investors and then clicking on the link for "SEC Filings" under the heading "Financial Reports".

Participants in the Solicitation

Vignette and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of Vignette in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the special interests of these directors and executive officers in the merger transaction will be included in the proxy statement referred to above. Additional information regarding the directors and executive officers of Vignette is also included in Vignettes annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 10, 2009.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This news release may contain forward-looking statements relating to the acquisition of Vignette, including timing and likelihood of a closing of the acquisition, the success of any of Vignettes strategic initiatives, Vignettes growth and profitability prospects, the benefits of Vignettes products to be realized by customers, Vignettes position in the market and future opportunities therein, the deployment of Livelink ECM and our other products by customers, and future performance of Open Text Corporation. Forward-looking statements may also include, without limitation, any statement relating to future events, conditions or circumstances. Forward-looking statements in this release are not promises or guarantees and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, among others, the failure to develop new products, risks involved in fluctuations in currency exchange rates, delays in purchasing decisions of customers, the completion and integration of acquisitions, the possibility of technical, logistical or planning issues in connection with deployments, the continuous commitment of Open Texts customers, demand for Open Texts products and other risks detailed from time to time in Open Texts filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2008. You should not place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which are based on managements beliefs and opinions at the time the statements are made, and neither Vignette nor Open Text undertake any obligations to update forward-looking statements should circumstances or managements beliefs or opinions change. Copyright © 2009 by Open Text Corporation. LIVELINK ECM and OPEN TEXT are trademarks or registered trademarks of Open Text Corporation in the United States of America, Canada, the European Union and/or other countries. This list of trademarks is not exhaustive. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, product names, company names, brands and service names mentioned herein are property of Open Text Corporation or other respective owners.

Vignette and the V Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vignette Corp. in the United States and other countries. All other names are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Open Text AG

Open Text, an enterprise software company and leader in enterprise content management, helps organizations manage and gain the true value of their business content. Open Text brings two decades of expertise supporting 46,000 customers and millions of users in 114 countries. Working with our customers and partners, we bring together leading Content Experts(TM) to help organizations capture and preserve corporate memory, increase brand equity, automate processes, mitigate risk, manage compliance and improve competitiveness. For more information, visit