ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Document Security Systems, Inc. (DSS) (NYSE American: DSS), a leader in anti-counterfeit, authentication and diversion protection technologies, today announced that it has entered into a binding term sheet to (“Term Sheet”) acquire Impact Biomedical, Inc. (IMPACT), a company engaged in the development and marketing of biohealth security technologies, in a proposed share exchange transaction with a purchase price capped at $50 million, subject to completion of due diligence and an independent valuation. According to the terms of the Term Sheet between the parties, DSS will issue up to 14.5 M shares of common stock and a perpetual convertible preferred stock to which DSS will have certain customary rights and requirements, including appointing members of the Board of Directors of IMPACT. The preferred stock will be convertible at $0.216 per share and have a 19.9% blocker.
The Term Sheet and closing conditions are subject to both DSS and GBM having obtained approvals from their respective shareholders and relevant stock exchanges, whereby an independent audit of IMPACT shall be included in the pending proxy for shareholder vote. The Term Sheet further lay out the intention to give a dividend of IMPACT shares to the shareholders (excluding the controlling shareholders of DSS and the chairman’s group of companies). The proposed bonus being, for every one DSS share held, the shareholder will be entitled to a bonus of two IMPACT shares. Following that, IMPACT is to pursue an initial public offering.
Frank D. Heuszel, CEO of DSS stated, “We are pleased to proceed with this exciting expansion of our security product coverage into biohealth security technologies with IMPACT’s impressive technology mix. This acquisition comports with DSS Chairman Heng Fai Ambrose Chan’s vision of enhancing the value of DSS with complementary and poignant product offerings, especially in these challenging days of the need for products that assist in the mitigation of Coronavirus, such as Impact Biomedical’s Equivir product which has been shown in studies to be effective as an antiviral against a broad range of viruses including in vitro efficacy against multiple strains of Influenza (H1N1, H3N2, H5N1, H7N9, Influenza B, Parainfluenza 3), Human Rhinovirus-14, Human Coronavirus-A, and Ebola. Equivir’s abilities to inhibit viruses via multiple targets have prompted further studies to test Equivir as a potential treatment of COVID-19, the disease caused by the pandemic novel coronavirus SARS-CoV2.We are heading into a new era of security where we are constantly adapting to the dynamic and ever changing landscape.
Mr. Chan leadership and belief in DSS’ ongoing mission are paramount in this acquisition and we look forward to proceeding down the path to closing and assimilating the IMPACT business in kind.”
Jason Grady, DSS’s Chief Operating Officer, commented: “DSS is continuing to pursue its strategy of diversification and this acquisition represents the dedicated efforts of our team to identify assets that we expect will be accretive to our business while approaching the structural acquisition thereto with creativity and an eye towards creating lasting shareholder value. We are pleased to advance our business expansion efforts with IMPACT to continue leading the way in industry security technologies.”
About Document Security Systems, Inc. (DSS)
For over 15 years, DSS has protected corporations, financial institutions, and governments from sophisticated and costly fraud. DSS' innovative anti-counterfeit, authentication, and brand protection solutions are deployed to prevent attacks which threaten products, digital presence, financial instruments, and identification. AuthentiGuard®, the company's flagship product, provides authentication capability through a smartphone application so businesses can empower a wide range of employees, supply chain personnel, and consumers to track their brands and verify authenticity. For more information on DSS visit http://www.dsssecure.com.
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