Mountain View, CA and Sunnyvale, CA – January 14, 2004 – Verisity Ltd. (Nasdaq:VRST), the leading supplier of Verification Process Automation (VPA) solutions, and Axis Systems, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, in connection with Verisity's pending acquisition of Axis. The expiration of the waiting period was one of the conditions to Verisity's pending acquisition. The two companies also announced that the fairness hearing to be held by the California Commissioner of Corporations has been scheduled for February 5, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. The fairness hearing is for purposes of obtaining a permit authorizing the issuance and sale of Verisity's ordinary shares in the transaction, which is another condition to the pending acquisition. If the permit is granted, the transaction is expected to close, subject to obtaining requisite stockholder consents and satisfaction or waiver of other closing conditions, as promptly as possible thereafter.
Verisity, Ltd. (NASDAQ: VRST), is the leading supplier of process automation solutions for the functional verification market. The company addresses customers' critical business issues with its market-leading software and intellectual property (IP) that effectively and efficiently verify the design of electronic systems and complex integrated circuits for the communications, computing, and consumer electronics global markets. Verisity's VPA solutions enable projects to move from executable verification plans to module, unit, and chip/system level 'total coverage' and verification closure, while maximizing productivity, product quality, and predictability of schedules. The company's strong market presence is driven by its proven technology, methodology and solid strategic partnerships and programs. Verisity's customer list includes leading companies in all strategic technology sectors. Verisity is a global organization with offices throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Verisity's principal executive offices are located in Mountain View, California, with its principal research and development offices located in Rosh Ha'ain, Israel. For more information, visit www.verisity.com.
About Axis Systems, Inc.
Axis Systems, Inc., offers high-performance verification systems for the hardware and software development of complex electronic system and system-on-a-chip designs. Axis' products help increase confidence in new designs, improve overall verification productivity and shorten time to market. On a single system and with one design database, Axis' patented ReConfigurable Computing (RCC) technology provides software simulation, accelerated simulation, system emulation and hardware/software co-verification. Customers include the world's leading graphics, networking, multimedia, and processor companies. Axis is headquartered at 209 E. Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089. To learn more about Axis, visit www.AxisSystems.com.
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