news_VASCO reports range of estimated losses related to DigiNotar bankruptcy and related events
DigiNotar was declared bankrupt by the Haarlem District Court, The Netherlands on September 20, 2011.
“We expect to record the costs and a recovery related to the DigiNotar events beginning in the third quarter of 2011,” said T. Kendall Hunt, VASCO’s Chairman and CEO. “Additional costs or recoveries may be recorded in future periods as more information becomes available. We also expect to report the foregoing costs and recovery, together with the results of operation of DigiNotar through the date of its filing for bankruptcy, as a discontinued operation.”
More information regarding VASCO’s estimates of the costs and recovery it expects to incur in connection with the DigiNotar events is contained in an amendment to Form 8-K that will be filed by VASCO with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.VASCO is a leading supplier of strong authentication and e-signature solutions and services specializing in Internet security applications and transactions. VASCO has positioned itself as a global software company for Internet security serving a customer base of approximately 10,000 companies in more than 100 countries, including approximately 1,700 international financial institutions. VASCO’s prime markets are the financial sector, enterprise security, e-commerce and e-government.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions and include, among other things, our expectations regarding the DigiNotar bankruptcy process, the impairment of our investment in DigiNotar, the timeframe in which the impairment costs will be incurred, our ability to recover amounts held in escrow, our ability to offset amounts that may be owed to DigiNotar by other VASCO affiliates against amounts owed to VASCO affiliates by DigiNotar, and our ability to effectively integrate certain intellectual property assets previously used by DigiNotar into our operations, as well as the prospects of, and developments and business strategies for, VASCO and our operations, including the development and marketing of certain new products and the anticipated future growth in certain markets in which we currently market and sell our products or anticipate selling and marketing our products in the future. These forward-looking statements (1) are identified by use of terms and phrases such as “expect”, “believe”, “will”, “anticipate”, “emerging”, “intend”, “plan”, “could”, “may”, “estimate”, “should”, “objective”, “goal”, “possible”, “potential” and similar words and expressions, but such words and phrases are not the exclusive means of identifying them, and (2) are subject to risks and uncertainties and represent our present expectations or beliefs concerning future events. Although VASCO believes that our expectations are reasonable, we can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct. VASCO cautions that the forward-looking statements are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated above include, among others, unanticipated costs associated with DigiNotar’s bankruptcy or potential claims that may arise in connection with the hacking incidents at DigiNotar, our inability to recover amounts held in escrow, or our inability to offset amounts that may be owed to DigiNotar by other VASCO affiliates against amounts owed to VASCO affiliates by DigiNotar. Additional risks, uncertainties and other factors have been described in greater detail in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and include, but are not limited to, (a) risks of general market conditions, including currency fluctuations and the uncertainties resulting from turmoil in world economic and financial markets, (b) risks inherent to the computer and network security industry, including rapidly changing technology, evolving industry standards, increasingly sophisticated hacking attempts, increasing numbers of patent infringement claims, changes in customer requirements, price competitive bidding, and changing government regulations, and (c) risks specific to VASCO, including, demand for our products and services, competition from more established firms and others, pressures on price levels and our historical dependence on relatively few products, certain suppliers and certain key customers. Thus, the results that we actually achieve may differ materially from any anticipated results included in, or implied by these statements. Except for our ongoing obligations to disclose material information as required by the U.S. federal securities laws, we do not have any obligations or intention to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances in the future or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
Jochem Binst, +32 2 609 97 00, [email protected]