HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Feb 23, 2011 -- SMSC (NASDAQ: SMSC) announced today that it does not plan to increase its offer for Conexant Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CNXT) above $2.25 per share in response to a proposal from Golden Gate Capital. SMSC also announced that it has agreed to waive the "match period" under the merger agreement.
On February 21, 2011, the board of directors of Conexant informed SMSC that it had determined that a proposal from Golden Gate Capital to acquire Conexant constituted a "superior proposal" as such term is defined in the existing merger agreement. If Conexant terminates the merger agreement to accept the proposal from Golden Gate Capital, SMSC will be entitled to a termination fee of $7.7 million.
"While we believed that SMSC's acquisition of Conexant would have provided for a highly complementary combination of our businesses, we have elected not to pursue the merger at a higher premium as we believe that our offer for the Conexant business was fully valued," said Christine King, President & Chief Executive Officer of SMSC. "SMSC's organic business remains healthy and our long-term growth objectives are intact. We are excited about our design win activity and product roadmaps and are confident in our ability to drive profitable future revenue growth as a standalone business. Going forward, we remain focused on leveraging our close customer relationships and intellectual property to promote our customers' success and, ultimately, to deliver value to our shareholders."
SMSC is a leading developer of Smart Mixed-Signal Connectivity(TM) solutions. SMSC employs a unique systems level approach that incorporates a broad set of technologies and intellectual property to deliver differentiating products to its customers. The company is focused on delivering connectivity solutions that enable the proliferation of data in personal computers, automobiles, portable consumer devices and other applications. SMSC's feature-rich products drive a number of industry standards and include USB, MOST automotive networking, embedded system control and analog solutions, including thermal management and RightTouch(TM) capacitive sensing. SMSC is headquartered in New York and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia, Europe and India. Additional information is available at www.smsc.com.
Additional Information About This Transaction
Unless the merger agreement is terminated, SMSC will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a Registration Statement on Form S-4 in connection with the proposed transaction that will include a proxy statement of Conexant and a prospectus of SMSC. The definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to stockholders of Conexant. Conexant and SMSC urge investors and security holders to read the proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction when it becomes available because it will contain important information about the proposed transaction. You may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement/prospectus (when available) and other related documents filed by SMSC and Conexant with the SEC at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. The proxy statement/prospectus (when it is available) and other documents filed by SMSC or Conexant with the SEC relating to the proposed transaction may also be obtained for free by accessing SMSC's website at www.smsc.com by clicking on the link for "Investor Relations", then clicking on the link for "SEC Filings" or by accessing Conexant's website at www.conexant.com and clicking on the "Investors" link and then clicking on the link for "Financial Information" and then clicking on the link for "SEC Filings".
Participants in This Transaction
SMSC, Conexant and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Conexant stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction with SMSC. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of Conexant stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction, including the interests of such participants in the proposed transaction, will be set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus when it is filed with the SEC. You can find information about SMSC's executive officers and directors in SMSC's definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on June 14, 2010. You can find information about Conexant's executive officers and directors in Conexant's definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on December 10, 2010. You can obtain free copies of these documents from SMSC or Conexant, respectively, using the contact information above.