Combination Creates Leading Global Virtualization and Enterprise-Class Data Management Solutions Company
SAN JOSE, Calif. and MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – December 2, 2014 – Sphere 3D Corporation (TSX-V: ANY, NASDAQ:ANY), a leading provider of virtualization technology solutions, and Overland Storage®, Inc., a trusted global provider of unified data management and data protection solutions across the data lifecycle, today announced the successful completion of their previously-announced merger. The transaction was previously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, and over 99% of Overland’s shares voted at the special meeting of Overland’s shareholders held on Nov. 28 were voted in favor of approving the merger.
The integration of the Overland Storage, Tandberg Data, V3 Systems, and Sphere 3D brands positions the company to deliver a comprehensive and innovative portfolio of virtualization and cloud solutions. Through offerings designed for active data and data at rest, the company is able to address the rapidly growing cloud, virtualization and data storage markets in the software-defined IT arena.
As per the terms of the merger, Overland has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sphere 3D, and Overland’s common stock will no longer trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market. Each issued and outstanding share of Overland common stock immediately prior to the merger has been converted into the right to receive 0.46385 of a Sphere 3D common share. The common share of the combined company, named Sphere 3D Corporation, will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “ANY” as well as on the TSX-V under the symbol “ANY”. Sphere 3D, however intends to delist its common shares from the TSX-V and continue to be listed on the NASDAQ Global Market.
“In addition to creating a world-class technology company, this combination underscores our vision to deliver a full range of the most innovative end-to-end solutions designed as purpose-built building blocks for the software-defined IT era,” said Eric Kelly, Chairman and CEO of Sphere 3D. “Our mission is to securely deliver applications, desktops and data any place and on any device while meeting the most stringent of IT requirements. Adding the Overland and Tandberg Data storage portfolio to Sphere 3D’s next-generation virtualization and cloud solutions enables us to accelerate the pace of our innovation and to create a compelling strategic advantage and a firm foundation for our future growth.”
“This merger transaction marks a significant milestone for Sphere 3D and the culmination of many months of hard work by both organizations. We look forward to coupling the expertise, experience and capabilities of our teams, and working together to accelerate innovation and market adoption of our disruptive approach to virtualization, converged infrastructure and data management solutions,” said Peter Tassiopoulos, Vice Chairman and President of Sphere 3D. “Moving forward, Overland’s existing scale, infrastructure and resources position us to further expand the footprint and awareness of Sphere 3D’s virtualization platform, providing key partnerships and market opportunities to create long-term value for our shareholders.”