Signs Memorandum of Understanding for Settlement of Merger Agreement Litigation
February 28, 2011
NEW YORK — Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) today announced that, in connection with the settlement of purported class action lawsuits that related to its agreement to acquire Terremark Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMRK), it has extended its tender offer for all outstanding shares of Terremark for $19.00 per share in cash without interest and less any required withholding taxes.
The tender offer is being made by Verizon Holdings Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon, pursuant to a previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated Jan. 27, 2011, by and among Verizon, Verizon Holdings Inc. and Terremark. The tender offer will now expire at midnight Eastern time on March 21, 2011, unless extended in accordance with the definitive agreement and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The settlement of the purported class action lawsuits, which were filed against Terremark, its directors, Verizon and in one lawsuit, Terremark’s financial advisor, in the Court of Chancery in Delaware and in Florida federal and state courts, is subject to the approval of the courts. Under the terms of the settlement, Verizon and Terremark have agreed to amend the merger agreement to provide for the extension of the tender offer period to midnight on March 21, 2011; to provide that the termination fee will be $40 million; to eliminate the “top-up” option; and to eliminate Verizon’s right to require Terremark to hold a special meeting of its shareholders in the event of a change in recommendation for the transaction by Terremark’s board of directors.
Verizon and the other defendants specifically deny all the allegations made in the lawsuits and the memorandum of understanding entered into, and the settlement contains no admission of wrongdoing. The settlement is conditioned upon, among other things, negotiation of a final stipulation of settlement and receipt of final required court approvals.
Any additional extension of the tender offer will be followed as promptly as practicable by public announcement thereof, and such announcement will be made no later than 9 a.m. Eastern time on the next business day after the previously scheduled expiration date. The tender offer is subject to customary conditions, including the acquisition by Verizon of a majority of the outstanding shares of Terremark common stock on a fully diluted basis and the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
Verizon filed its HSR application with the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission on Feb. 25, 2011. As previously disclosed, stockholders holding shares representing approximately 27.6 percent of the outstanding voting shares of Terremark have agreed, among other things, to tender all of their shares in the tender offer.
Today, Verizon will file with the SEC an amendment to its tender offer statement on Schedule TO, setting forth the terms of the amended merger agreement and the settlement. Terremark will shortly file with the SEC an amended solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9, setting forth additional information, among other things; changes to the section on the “The Solicitation and Recommendation”; and confirming the unanimous recommendation by those directors present and voting of Terremark’s board of directors that Terremark’s stockholders accept the tender offer and tender their Terremark shares pursuant to the tender offer.
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Additional Information and Where to Find It
This release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell securities. Verizon – through a new subsidiary, Verizon Holdings Inc. – has filed a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the SEC, which has been previously amended and will be further amended as described herein. Terremark stockholders are strongly advised to read the tender offer statement (including the offer to purchase, letter of transmittal and related tender offer documents) and the related solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9, as amended, filed by Terremark with the SEC because they contain important information about the proposed transaction. These documents are available at no charge on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, a copy of the offer to purchase, letter of transmittal and certain other related tender offer documents may be obtained free of charge by directing a request to Verizon at 212-395-1525. A copy of the tender offer statement and the solicitation/recommendation statement is available to all stockholders of Terremark by contacting Terremark Investor Relations at 305-860-7822.
This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed acquisition of Terremark by Verizon. In connection with the proposed acquisition, Terremark has filed a preliminary proxy statement and intends to file additional relevant materials with the SEC, including Terremark’s proxy statement in definitive form. Terremark stockholders are strongly advised to read all relevant documents filed with the SEC, including Terremark’s definitive proxy statement, because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. These documents will be available at no charge on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, documents will also be available for free from Terremark by contacting Terremark Investor Relations at 305-860-7822.
Participants in Solicitation
Verizon and its directors and executive officers, and Terremark and its directors and executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of Terremark common stock in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Verizon is set forth in the proxy statement for Verizon’s 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 22, 2010. Information about the directors and executive officers of Terremark is set forth in the proxy statement for Terremark’s 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on June 17, 2010. Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interest of such participants by reading the definitive proxy statement regarding the acquisition when it becomes available.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this communication regarding the proposed transaction between Verizon and Terremark, the expected timetable for completing the transaction, benefits and synergies of the transaction, future opportunities for the combined company and products and any other statements regarding Verizon’s and Terremark’s future expectations, beliefs, goals or prospects constitute forward-looking statements. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates” and similar expressions) should also be considered forward-looking statements. A number of important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including the parties’ ability to consummate the transaction; the timing for satisfying the conditions to the completion of the transaction, including the receipt of Terremark stockholder approval and the regulatory approvals required for the transaction; the parties’ ability to meet expectations regarding the timing, completion and accounting and tax treatments of the transaction; the possibility that the parties may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies within the expected time-frames or at all and to successfully integrate Terremark’s operations into those of Verizon or that such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; operating costs, customer loss and business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, clients or suppliers) may be greater than expected following the transaction; the retention of certain key employees of Terremark may be difficult; and the other factors described in Verizon’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, and Terremark’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010 and in its most recent quarterly report filed with the SEC. Verizon and Terremark assume no obligation to update the information in this communication, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.
The Depositary for the tender offer is Computershare Trust Company, N.A. The Information Agent for the tender offer is Georgeson Inc. The tender offer materials may be obtained at no charge by directing a request by mail to Georgeson Inc., 199 Water Street, 26th Floor, New York, New York 10038 or by calling toll-free at (800) 903-2897, and may also be obtained at no charge at www.verizon.com and the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Additionally, any questions related to the tender offer may be directed to Georgeson Inc. at the mailing address or telephone number provided above.