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Guidance Enters into Definitive Merger Agreement with OpenText

PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Guidance Software (NASDAQ:GUID), the makers of EnCase®, the gold standard in forensic security, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by OpenText™ (NASDAQ:OTEX) (TSX:OTEX), the global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM).

Under the terms of the merger agreement, OpenText will commence a tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Guidance Software common stock in a transaction valued at approximately $240 million. Subject to the terms and conditions of the offer, Guidance stockholders will receive $7.10 per share in cash for each outstanding share of common stock held.

"Our board of directors has carefully evaluated the merger proposal by OpenText and believes it represents the best value reasonably attainable for our stockholders and will benefit our customers and employees,” said Patrick Dennis, Guidance president and CEO. “We believe this all-cash transaction offers our stockholders liquidity and certainty of value. Joining with OpenText is a new beginning for Guidance products, customers and employees.”

The merger has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Guidance and is expected to close in the third quarter of calendar 2017. Consummation of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals and the tender of a majority of the shares of Guidance Software common stock in the offer.

Morgan Stanley and Atlas Technology Group are serving as financial advisors and Latham & Watkins is acting as legal counsel to Guidance.

About Guidance Software

Guidance (NASDAQ: GUID) exists to turn chaos and the unknown into order and the known-so that companies and their customers can go about their daily lives as usual without worry or disruption, knowing their most valuable information is safe and secure. The makers of EnCase®, the gold standard in forensic security, Guidance provides a mission-critical foundation of market-leading applications that offer deep 360-degree visibility across all endpoints, devices and networks, allowing proactive identification and...