Emageon to be acquired for $62M; CEO blames proxy settlement

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Health Systems Solutions (HHS) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of Emageon’s stock, in an all cash transaction of approximately $62 million.

The agreement was unanimously approved by each company’s boards of directors, as well as Emageon’s Strategic Alternatives Committee. In July, the Birmingham, Ala.-based company reported that its committee was evaluating strategic options, leading the industry to question the possibility of a sale.

Each company will continue to operate independently until the transaction closes. The merger will result in a company of approximately 400 employees, HHS said.

Emageon CEO Charles Jett said its decision to accept the buyout was sparked by a bruising proxy fight the company had this year with its largest investor in an SEC filing. In June, the company settled a proxy contest with New York City-based Oliver Press Partners, a major shareholder, in which three new directors joined the board and Jett, who founded Emageon in 1998, agreed to leave its board of directors.

According to the terms of the current Emageon management will continue to operate the business as they have, but as a part of the HSS group of companies.  Sales and support functions of both organizations will continue as usual as well, the companies said.

The consideration for the purchase is being financed by $85 million provided by Stanford International Bank, a member of the Stanford Financial Group and HSS’ principal shareholder. The additional funds will be used for working capital and to fund growth initiatives, according to the Tampa-based HHS.  

The financing will take the form of 6 percent Convertible Secured Debentures due in 2013, with warrants to purchase up to 9 million shares of common stock.