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Epiq Systems Announces Review of Strategic Alternatives; Board of Directors Adopts Short-Term Shareholder Rights Plan

KANSAS CITY, Kan., Sept. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Epiq Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:EPIQ), a leading global provider of managed technology for the legal profession, today announced that its Board of Directors (the "Board") has commenced a process to explore a full range of strategic and financial alternatives, which may include among other things, acquisitions, divestitures or a going-private or recapitalization transaction, in order to determine a course of action that is in the best interest of all shareholders.

"Our Board of Directors and management are committed to enhancing value for Epiq's shareholders," said Tom W. Olofson, chairman and chief executive officer of Epiq Systems. "Concurrent with the review of strategic alternatives, we will continue to execute our ongoing initiatives, increase operational efficiencies, improve financial performance and bolster the competitive position of our business."

The company noted that there can be no assurance that the Board's exploration of strategic alternatives will result in an acquisition, divestiture, or a going-private or recapitalization transaction. The company has not set a timetable for completion of this process and does not intend to disclose further developments unless and until its Board approves a specific action or otherwise concludes the review of strategic alternatives.

In addition, the Board has adopted a short-term shareholder rights agreement ("Rights Plan"), which is intended to ensure all shareholders realize the long-term value of their investment in the company and are protected from unfair or coercive takeover attempts. The Rights Plan, which is similar to the rights plans of many other public companies, is intended to provide the Board with sufficient time to consider any and all strategic and financial alternatives. Consistent with its limited purpose, the Rights Plan will expire on May 15, 2015 (unless earlier terminated by the Board).

Under the Rights Plan, the company is issuing a dividend of one right ("Right") on each outstanding share of Epiq's common stock at the close of business on September 29, 2014, Initially, these Rights will not be exercisable and will trade with the shares of the company's common stock.

The Rights become exercisable if any person or group acquires beneficial ownership of 10% or more of Epiq's common stock (or announces a tender or exchange offer, which, if consummated, would result in such person or group acquiring beneficial ownership of 10% or more of Epiq's common stock). While the Rights will not prevent a takeover of the company, they may cause substantial dilution to any such person or group and thus deter attempts to acquire the company on terms that the Board does not believe are in the best interests of all its shareholders.

Additional details about the Rights and a copy of the Rights Plan will be included in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor to the company.

About Epiq Systems

Epiq Systems is a leading global provider of technology-enabled solutions for electronic discovery, bankruptcy, and class action and mass tort administration. We offer full-service capabilities to support litigation, investigations, financial transactions, regulatory compliance and other legal matters. Our innovative technology and services, combined with deep subject-matter expertise, provide reliable solutions for the professionals we serve. Visit us at www.epiqsystems.com.

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CONTACT: For further information, contact: Lew Schroeber, Investor Relations Telephone: 913-621-9500 Email: ir@epiqsystems.com Michael Freitag / Mahmoud Siddig / Adam Pollack Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher 212-355-4449

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