EMC Corporation and Iomega Corporation have announced an agreement for EMC to acquire San Diego-based Iomega in a cash tender offer of US$3.85 per outstanding share, or approximately US$213 million.
The addition of Iomega’s products, brand name, route to market and industry expertise will enhance EMC’s reach and focus in the consumer and small business markets.
Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman, President and CEO, said, “Iomega will play a key role in EMC’s strategy to expand our information storage and management capabilities deeper into the high-growth consumer and small business markets. In addition to industry-leading products and a household consumer brand, Iomega brings to EMC a deep knowledge of and established business practices for servicing consumers and small businesses. Iomega and EMC represent a powerful combination that ultimately will benefit these customers through the protection, security and simplified management of their rapidly growing information.”
Jonathan Huberman, Chief Executive Officer, Iomega Corporation, said, “Today begins an exciting new future for Iomega and our customers. Once the acquisition is final, Iomega will be able to fully leverage EMC’s vast assets to grow our business globally. EMC brings to Iomega a new opportunity for accelerated innovation that will translate into new product capabilities for Iomega’s extensive customer base. Through the renowned Iomega brand; thousands of retail, direct marketing and distribution channel partners; and Iomega’s talented people, EMC will be able to extend its reach into the high-growth consumer and small business market segments.”
Upon completion of the acquisition, Iomega will serve as the core of EMC’s new Consumer/Small Business Products Division. The new division (led by Jonathan Huberman and reporting to Joel Schwartz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMC Storage Platforms) will also include EMC Retrospect and EMC LifeLine software.
Since 2004, Iomega has been packaging and selling EMC Retrospect backup software with all its external disk drives. In January 2008, EMC announced the new EMC LifeLine software for the consumer, home office and small business markets. Simultaneously, Iomega announced plans to embed EMC LifeLine into its multi-drive network storage products, which are expected this summer with the launch of its next-generation StorCenter Network Hard Drive products.