TOKYO, Aug. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The directors of UBIC, Inc. (Nasdaq:UBIC) (TSE:2158) resolved to acquire all of the outstanding shares of TechLaw Solutions, Inc. (a U.S. Company). TechLaw Solutions, Inc., will become our subsidiary. We therefore make the following announcement.
1. Reasons for the Acquisition of the Shares
Since our listing on the NASDAQ exchange in the U.S. in May 2013, we have endeavored to implement our strategy for continuously strengthening our reputation in the U.S., which is a significant market for our litigation discovery support business, and developing our markets in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. As a result of our efforts, our name recognition has increased. However, in order to accelerate our growth going forward, we must continue to strengthen our business. For example, we need to not only strengthen the systems of our group companies but also to find appropriate business partners.
We have succeeded in developing solutions utilizing artificial intelligence through the use of our own unique technology in March 2014. We are marketing these solutions to U.S. companies, U.S. governmental bodies and local governments with whom we are seeking more effective ways to find new channels.
Since its foundation in 1983, TechLaw Solutions, Inc. has expanded their business by providing U.S. companies, law firms, U.S. governmental bodies and local governments with complete e-discovery services. They have a strong reputation as a long-established firm in the e-discovery industry. Further, TechLaw Solutions Inc.'s employees, including its management, are very experienced in the e-discovery business.
We believe that the ties between our company, having advanced technology and innovative products and services, and TechLaw Solutions, Inc., with its strong reputation and sales channel in the U.S., will result in a more efficient expansion of our business, especially in the U.S. We will also be able to more easily understand the needs of customers in the market, which will enable us to optimize our investment into research and development to develop new products and services. Further, we believe that we will be able to improve the corporate value of our group as a whole by positively promoting the sharing and use of management resources such as connecting TechLaw Solutions, Inc.'s customers and know-how to our technology, products and/or services. We therefore resolved to acquire TechLaw Solutions, Inc., and for it to become our subsidiary.
2. Summary of subsidiary to be acquired
|(1)||Name||TechLaw Solutions, Inc.|
|(2)||Address||14500 Avion Parkway, Suite 301|
|Chantilly, VA 20151, U.S.A.|
|(3)||Name and title of representative||Brian Shutler, President (prior to the acquisition)|
|(4)||Line of business||e-discovery business|
| (7) || Major shareholders and |
their ownership ratio
| Prior to the acquisition, TechLaw Holdings, Inc. owned 100% of the |
outstanding capital stock of TechLaw Solutions, Inc.
|(8)||Relationship between UBIC and this company||Personal relationships||None|
|(9)||Business performance and financial conditions over most resent three years of this company|
|Fiscal year (end in)||September, 2011||September, 2012||September, 2013|
|Net asset||-JPY100 Mil||-JPY60 Mil||-JPY70 Mil|
|Gross asset||JPY21 Mil||JPY146 Mil||JPY52 Mil|
|Net asset per share||- JPY 9,979||- JPY 5,959||- JPY 7,020|
|Revenue||JPY1,013 Mil||JPY1,171 Mil||JPY1,261 Mil|
|Operating income||JPY44 Mil||JPY50 Mil||-JPY2 Mil|
|Ordinary income||JPY44 Mil||JPY33 Mil||-JPY18 Mil|
|Net income||JPY24 Mil||JPY21 Mil||-JPY11 Mil|
|Net income per share||JPY 2,398||JPY 2,051||- JPY 1,061|
|Dividends per share||--||--||--|
|Note: The currency conversion from USD to JPY above is made by the exchange rate 1 USD = JPY 104.10, which was published by the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. as T.T.M as of August 27, 2014.|
3. Summary of counterparty of share acquisition
|(1)||Name||TechLaw Holdings, Inc.|
|(2)||Address||14500 Avion Parkway|
|Chantilly, VA 20151, U.S.A.|
|(3)||Name and title of representative||Brian Shutler (President)|
|(4)||Line of business||Holding company of operating company|
|(9)||Major shareholders and their ownership ratio||--|
|(10)||Relationship between UBIC||Personal relationships||None|
|and this company||Transaction relationships||None|
|Interested party status||None|
|Note: Capital, established date, net asset, gross asset and major shareholders and ownership ratio of TechLaw Holdings, Inc. are not disclosed in this press release as per request of TechLaw Holdings, Inc, which is a non-listed company.|
4. Number of shares to be acquired, purchase price and number of shares held before/after acquisition
| (1) || Number of shares held |
| 0 shares |
(Number of voting right: 0)
(Holding ratio of voting rights: 0%)
|(2)||Number of shares to be acquired|| 10,000 shares |
(Number of voting right: 10,000)
| (3) || Purchase price || Shares in TechLaw Solutions, Inc. (estimated amount) USD 8,000,000.00 |
Advisory fee, etc. (estimated amount) USD 400,000
Total (estimated amount) USD 8,400,000.00
* The final purchase price will be determined after discussion with TechLaw Holdings, Inc.
| (4) || Number of shares held |
| 10,000 shares |
(Number of voting right: 10,000)
(Holding ratio of voting rights: 100%)
|(1)||Date of resolution of the Board of Directors||August 28, 2014|
|(2)||Execution date of purchase agreement||August 28, 2014|
|(3)||Closing date of share transfer||At 10:00 am on August 28, 2014 (EDT)|
6. Prospect in the future
The impact of the contents of this news release on our consolidated results ended in March 2015 is now under review. We will make a further announcement if this review finds matters that will trigger a disclosure requirement. Further, we plan to send 4 directors from our group to TechLaw Solutions, Inc. The acquisition was successfully closed in the United States on August 28, 2014. Maxim Group LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to UBIC, Inc. in connection with the transaction1.
1 The last two sentences in this paragraph were not included in the original Japanese-language document.
Consolidated Financial Forecast For the Current Fiscal Year (Released on August 12, 2014) and Consolidated Financial Results For the Last Fiscal Year
| Consolidated |
| Consolidated operating |
| Consolidated ordinary |
| Consolidated net |
| Consolidated financial forecast |
for the current fiscal year
(ending March 2015)
| Consolidated financial results |
for the last fiscal year
(ended March 2014)
This document has been translated from the original Japanese-language document for reference purposes only. If there are any differences or discrepancies between the original Japanese-language document and this English translation, the original Japanese-language document shall supersede this English translation.
UBIC, Inc. (Nasdaq:UBIC) (TSE:2158) is a leading provider of e-discovery and digital forensic services for Asia and the world. UBIC has extensive experience working with electronically stored information composed in Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages and utilizes that expertise for clients involved in cross-border litigation, corporate investigations, intellectual property disputes and much more. At the forefront of e-discovery innovation, UBIC's proprietary Lit i View® platform is moving the industry from "fact discovery" to "future discovery" by allowing clients to analyze e-mail messages and digital communications found in big data to reveal patterns in human thought and behavior.
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