Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the fine.com International
. This historic document was printed by Security-Columbian Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company name. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, Dan Fine.
ARIS CORPORATION TO ACQUIRE FINE.COM INTERNATIONAL
INTEGRATED E-COMMERCE AND INTERACTIVE WEB SOLUTIONS TO BE ADDED TO CONSULTING
BELLEVUE, Wash.--May, 18, 1999--ARIS Corporation (Nasdaq:ARSC -
NEWS), a leading provider of international IT consulting, training and software,
announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire all of the
outstanding stock of fine.com International (Nasdaq:FDOT - NEWS) for $12.25
million or approximately $4.55 per share in ARIS stock or a combination of stock
and cash. The acquisition significantly expands ARIS' capability in delivering
Web-based solutions including strategic web consulting, creative design and
"During the first quarter, we were engaged in more than 40 e-business
projects, generating over $2.5 million in revenue," said Paul Song,
president and CEO of ARIS Corporation. "The acquisition of fine.com should
nearly double our e-business capability in this high-growth market. Their
strengths in creative Web design, e-business strategic planning and
e-marketing perfectly compliment our strong enterprise application and
"fine.com has been a pioneer in Internet consulting, building a distinguished
customer base that includes Amway Corporation, General Electric, Marriott
International, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Mitsui & Co. LTD of Japan, the
Nasdaq-Amex Stock Market and Intel Corporation. We are very excited about the
capabilities and opportunities in the emerging e-business market that fine.com
brings to our organization. Our combined talents will help our clients more
rapidly adapt their businesses to capitalize on today's digital economy."
fine.com has over 60 web developers, graphic professionals, internet consultants
and support staff, with its headquarters in Seattle, WA and offices in Bethesda,
Maryland and Livingston, New Jersey. International Data Corporation expects
Internet-based e-commerce to grow from $32 billion in 1999 to over $425 billion
"ARIS' sales force, strong recruiting infrastructure and financial resources
will allow fine.com to better capitalize on the tremendous opportunity
created by the Internet," said Dan Fine, CEO of fine.com. "Together we can
provide our customers with a powerful offering of Enterprise Internet
Integration and e-commerce development services at the highest strategic,
creative and technical levels."
In addition, ARIS and fine.com have entered into a teaming agreement that allows
ARIS and fine.com to jointly market, sell and deliver e-business projects to
existing and potential customers immediately.
ARIS expects the transaction to close sometime during the third quarter. ARIS
will account for the acquisition using the purchase method of accounting.
The company became Fine Solutions, LLC.
Fine Solutions is the largest partner for Microsoft Business Solutions (Great Plains, and Axapta) in the Pacific Northwest. Fine Solutions is a Certified Partner in Microsoft® Business Solutions with earned Competencies in Dynamics AX (Axapta) and GP (Great Plains). The company implements, deploys and manages the leading Microsoft-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP/Accounting) systems. The company was founded by Dan Fine, an experienced entrepreneur. Mr. Fine previously founded a Microsoft Business Solutions company; In2Gr8 Corporation (pronounced “integrate”). He raised $22 million in venture funding, merged it with EYT, formerly Ernst & Young Technologies, which later was merged into ePartners.
Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity over the past several years.