Corel announced some much-needed extra financing, but also the resignations of two senior executives, yesterday.
Trading in Corel shares was halted at the company's request earlier yesterday, signalling the likelihood of news related to the software vendor's shaky finances.
Corel's parlous financial standing emerged when, in a filing last month with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company said it could run out of cash in 90 days if its planned merger with US development tools vendor Inprise/Borland didn't proceed.
Canceled However, earlier this month, Corel announced that it wouldn't be going ahead with its plan to acquire Inprise/Borland, another company with a troubled financial history. The pair had hoped to focus the combined entity on the lucrative market for the Linux open-source operating system. But then Corel's falling share price over the last few months ultimately led to both parties agreeing to terminate the deal
Corel said it has struck a C$15 million "bought deal" agreement with Canaccord Capital, today. "Bought deal" is a term used in securities underwriting, implying a firm commitment to buy an entire issue of shares outright from the issuing company.
The agreement between Corel and Canaccord also includes the possibility of Canaccord extending the arrangement to reach a total value of C$30 million. The cash injection agreement is subject to regulatory and stock exchange approvals.
Coming soon Should the arrangement go ahead, Corel will use the money raised on a cost-savings plan, and expects to announce details of this move in the near future. The vendor hopes to achieve cost savings of around US$40 million per year, according to Corel chief executive officer and president Michael Cowpland.
"Having secured this source of financing, we can now turn our full attention towards executing our short and long-term strategy, which will include an aggressive cost-savings plan," Cowpland said.
Corel also announced the resignations of Eric Smith, vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary and Sandra Gibson, executive vice president, corporate services.
The Canadian vendor is currently in a quiet period leading up to the release of the company's second-quarter financial results. Despite that situation, Corel said the executive departures were not due to issues relating to either the company's finances or performance.
Smith's resignation is effective June 16, while Gibson will leave Corel at the end of next month.