LONGMONT, CO--(Marketwire - Sep 24, 2012) - DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), a leading global provider of earth imagery solutions, today announced that, on September 21, 2012, the Company received a request for additional information ("Second Request") from the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") in connection with the Company's proposed combination with GeoEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEOY). GeoEye also received a Second Request from the DOJ on the same date.
The DOJ's requests, which are a standard aspect of the regulatory process, extend the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, during which the parties may not close the transaction until 30 days after DigitalGlobe and GeoEye have substantially complied with the Second Requests (or the waiting period is otherwise terminated by the DOJ). DigitalGlobe expects to promptly respond to the Second Request and to continue working cooperatively with the DOJ as it conducts its review of the proposed combination.
Completion of the transaction is subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including obtaining shareholder approval from both companies and regulatory approval from the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ("NOAA"). DigitalGlobe is working cooperatively with the DOJ and looks forward to closing the transaction in the fourth quarter of 2012 or the first quarter of 2013.
DigitalGlobe is a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and services. Sourced from our own advanced satellite constellation, our imagery solutions support a wide variety of uses within defense and intelligence, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, Internet portals and navigation technology. With our collection sources and comprehensive ImageLibrary (containing more than one billion square kilometers of earth imagery and imagery products) we offer a range of on- and off-line products and services designed to enable customers to easily access and integrate our imagery into their business operations and applications. For more information, visit www.digitalglobe.com.
DigitalGlobe is a registered trademark of DigitalGlobe, Inc.
GeoEye is a leading source of geospatial information and insight for decision makers and analysts, who need a clear understanding of our changing world to protect lives, manage risk and optimize resources. Each day, organizations in defense and intelligence, public safety, critical infrastructure, energy and online media rely on GeoEye's imagery, tools and expertise to support important missions around the globe. Widely recognized as a pioneer in high-resolution satellite imagery, GeoEye has evolved into a complete provider of geospatial intelligence solutions. GeoEye's ability to collect, process and analyze massive amounts of geospatial data allows our customers to quickly see precise changes on the ground and anticipate where events may occur in the future. GeoEye is a public company listed on NASDAQ as GEOY and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia with more than 740 employees worldwide. Learn more at www.geoeye.com.
SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
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This document contains forward-looking statements relating to the proposed strategic combination of DigitalGlobe and GeoEye pursuant to a merger. All statements, other than historical facts, including statements regarding the expected timing of the closing of the transaction; the ability of the parties to complete the transaction considering the various closing conditions; the expected benefits of the transaction such as efficiencies, cost savings, tax benefits, enhanced revenues and cash flow, growth potential, market profile and financial strength; the competitive ability and position of the combined company; and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing, are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon current plans, estimates and expectations that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The inclusion of such statements should not be regarded as a representation that such plans, estimates or expectations will be achieved. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such plans, estimates or expectations include, among others, that (1) one or more closing conditions to the transaction may not be satisfied or waived, on a timely basis or otherwise, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the transaction or that the required approvals by DigitalGlobe and GeoEye stockholders may not be obtained; (2) there may be a material adverse change of GeoEye or the business of GeoEye may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the transaction; (3) the anticipated benefits of the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; (4) the costs or challenges related to the integration of DigitalGlobe and GeoEye operations could be greater than expected; (5) the ability of the combined company to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers or other business partners; (6) the impact of legislative, regulatory, competitive and technological changes; (7) the risk that the credit ratings of the combined company may be different from what the companies expect; (8) other business effects, including the effects of industry, economic or political conditions outside of the companies' control, transaction costs and actual or contingent liabilities; (9) the outcome of any legal proceedings related to the transaction; and (10) other risk factors as detailed from time to time in DigitalGlobe's and GeoEye's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including their respective Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 and June 30, 2012, which are available on the SEC's website (www.sec.gov). There can be no assurance that the strategic combination will be completed, or if it is completed, that it will close within the anticipated time period or that the expected benefits of the strategic combination will be realized.
Neither DigitalGlobe nor GeoEye undertakes any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
In connection with the proposed strategic combination, DigitalGlobe filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes a preliminary joint proxy statement of DigitalGlobe and GeoEye that also constitutes a preliminary prospectus of DigitalGlobe. These materials are not yet final and will be amended. DigitalGlobe and GeoEye will mail the final joint proxy statement/prospectus to their respective stockholders. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE PRELIMINARY JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors may obtain the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus and the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus when it becomes available, as well as other filings containing information about DigitalGlobe and GeoEye, free of charge, from the SEC's website (www.sec.gov). Investors may also obtain DigitalGlobe's SEC filings in connection with the transaction, free of charge, from DigitalGlobe's website (www.digitalglobe.com) under the tab "Investors" and then under the heading "SEC Filings," or by directing a request to DigitalGlobe, Inc., 1601 Dry Creek Drive, Suite 260, Longmont, Colorado 80503, Attention: Corporate Secretary. Investors may also obtain GeoEye's SEC filings in connection with the transaction, free of charge, from GeoEye's website (www.geoeye.com) under the tab "About Us - Investor Relations" and then under the heading "SEC Filings," or by directing a request to GeoEye, Inc., 2325 Dulles Corner Boulevard, Herndon, Virginia 20171, Attention: Corporate Secretary.
PARTICIPANTS IN THE MERGER SOLICITATION
The respective directors, executive officers and employees of DigitalGlobe and GeoEye and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the transaction. Information regarding the interests of the participants in the proxy solicitation is contained in the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus and will be contained in the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus when it becomes available. Information regarding DigitalGlobe's directors and executive officers is available in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on April 10, 2012, and information regarding GeoEye's directors and executive officers is available in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on April 27, 2012. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.