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SyQuest Technology Signs Definitive Agreement with Iomega for the Sale of Select Assets; Agreement Includes Sale of All Intellectual Property and U.S. Inventory

FREMONT, Calif., January 13, 1999 — SyQuest Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYQT) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM) to sell certain assets including all of its intellectual property, its U.S. inventory and its U.S. fixed assets for $9.5 million in cash, subject to certain closing conditions and adjustments. SyQuest filed a motion on January 12 in the United States Bankruptcy Court to seek approval for the sale of these assets to Iomega. Specific conditions to closing the asset sale include Iomega's acquisition of the inventory and equipment assets of SyQuest's Malaysian subsidiary for additional consideration.

"We have reviewed the Iomega offer and alternative offers closely. SyQuest's accounts receivable and claims for tax and other refunds are being retained by SyQuest to provide further value to our creditors beyond the cash offer to be paid by Iomega," SyQuest commented. "To best serve our loyal installed base of users, we have been working diligently to negotiate the best possible agreement that would address their needs." The proposed sale of assets is not likely to provide any return to shareholders.

As previously announced, SyQuest has commenced limited sales and support operations. This includes online technical support via the World Wide Web, warranty returns, and product service operations. The company anticipates adding additional customer service and technical support resources in the near future.

The United States Bankruptcy Court scheduled a hearing for January 19, 1999, to establish sale procedures in connection with the proposed sale of assets, including provisions for considering alternative purchase proposals.

SyQuest filed a Chapter 11 petition with the United States Bankruptcy Court in Oakland, California on November 17, 1998. Trading in SyQuest stock was suspended on November 2, 1998, and the Company's shares are likely to be delisted from NASDAQ in the very near future.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, and other risks detailed from time to time in the SEC reports filed by SyQuest including its most recent reports on Forms 8K, 10K and 10Q.

 

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SyQuest Technology, Inc.
46939 Bayside Parkway
Fremont, CA 94538
Email: info@syquest.com

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