TAMPA, Fla., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Intelident Solutions, Inc. ("Intelident") today announced that it has reaffirmed its offer to acquire Zila, Inc. (NasdaqCM: ZILA) for $0.42 per Common share and $0.48 per Preferred share. In addition, Intelident announced that it has filed a complaint in the Delaware Court of Chancery accusing Zila's Directors of breach of fiduciary duty. Intelident has also named Tolmar Holding Inc. and related entities ("Tolmar") as defendants in the complaint, accusing Tolmar of aiding and abetting the breach of fiduciary duties by Zila's Directors.
The five-count complaint alleges that:
Intelident's complaint requests that the Court suspend any further efforts by Zila and Tolmar to consummate the Merger Agreement and the Note Purchase Agreement and to permit Intelident to take the steps necessary to pursue its Superior Proposal.
"We regret that we have had to resort to legal action to obtain fair consideration from Zila's Directors," said Thomas Marler, Intelident's CEO, "but Zila has blocked all our efforts to bring a better offer to Zila's shareholders." Intelident's offer of $0.42 per share of Common stock represents a premium of 10.5% over the amount offered to common stockholders by Tolmar. Intelident's offer of $0.48 per share of Preferred stock represents a premium of 9.1% over the Tolmar offer.
Contrary to Zila's assertion in its July 10, 2009 press release that Intelident's offer had "strings attached", there are very few differences in the terms and conditions between Intelident's proposed agreement and the Tolmar Merger Agreement other than Intelident's substantial improvements in the price per share. "The most significant issue concerns Zila's senior secured debt," said Marler. "Zila has suggested publicly that any potential acquirer could purchase their Senior Secured Notes," Marler continued, "but as we claim in our lawsuit, this is false. We now know that Tolmar's agreement with the Senior Secured Noteholders prevents Zila from accepting a superior offer from Intelident or any other party. By failing to allow room to consider superior offers, Zila's Directors have breached their fiduciary duties to Zila's stockholders."
As part of its lawsuit, Intelident seeks a level playing field so that it can negotiate the purchase of Zila's Senior Secured Notes from Zila's Noteholders.
"We remain committed to pursuing a merger with Zila because of the tremendous opportunities a merger would bring to both companies," said Marler. "Although Zila has never been profitable, we are very impressed by Zila's operational and sales team, its core products, and its technology. Intelident brings a significant track record of operational and financial success to the combined enterprise, which should allow Zila to finally reach its full potential."
About Intelident Solutions, Inc.
Intelident Solutions is a privately-held company dedicated to advancing the practice of dentistry through innovation and technology. It is the parent company of several dentistry-related enterprises. The company is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. This press release relates to a business combination transaction with Zila proposed by Intelident, which may become the subject of a registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). This material is not a substitute for the prospectus/proxy statement Intelident would file with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction if such a negotiated transaction with Zila is reached or for any other document which Intelident may file with the SEC and send to Zila stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF ZILA ARE URGED TO READ ANY SUCH DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Such documents would be available free of charge through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov, by calling the SEC at telephone number 800-SEC-0330.
All information in this press release concerning Zila, including its business, operations and financial results, was obtained from public sources. While Intelident has no knowledge that any such information is inaccurate or incomplete, Intelident has not had the opportunity to verify any of that information.
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