July 1, 2004
- The Board of Directors of ARC International plc (LSE: ARK), a world leader in user-customizable processors and development tools for System-on-Chip (SoC) design, and real-time operating systems for embedded control, today announces the sale of its Peripheral Connectivity assets to TransDimension Inc for consideration of £3.6 million. These assets include the ARC USB and Ethernet IP cores, CertiPHY programme and support tools. TransDimension is a leading provider of USB connectivity solutions for embedded applications.
The asset sale is primarily the USB business that is located in Nashua, New Hampshire. At the time of the announcement of ARC's preliminary results in February 2004, the USB business was scheduled to be consolidated into the Elstree, UK facility resulting in the closure of the Nashua site. As a result of today's announcement, the USB business, as well as the related assets and facility, will be sold with the majority of its employees transferring to TransDimension. The total turnover related to this business in 2003 was £2.9 million with an estimated operating loss of £1.3 million. Additionally, the estimated restructuring charge announced in February will be reduced by £0.9 million and is currently expected to be approximately £1.3 million. Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund working capital requirements in the second half of 2004.
This transaction represents significant progress towards the company's goal to reduce its cost structure and drive toward profitability by focussing primarily on processor development. ARC will continue to work with TransDimension as a strategic partner and will resell their USB products when combined with its processor-based solutions.
ARC International will provide further details on the transaction and the overall business at the interim results announcement. Complete results for the six months to June 30th will be issued on July 21st.
Carl Schlachte, Chief Executive of ARC International plc, said:
'We are very pleased to have taken this important step towards delivering on our stated strategy and look forward to maintaining a close partnership with TransDimension. The overall implementation of our strategic redirection is on track and we look forward to reporting on our progress in greater detail at the interim results in July." About ARC
ARC International is a world leader in low-power, high-performance 32-bit RISC/DSP user-customizable processor cores, real-time operating systems and development tools for embedded system design. ARC's configurable, extendible cores assist customers in their rapid development of next generation wireless, networking and consumer electronics systems, resulting in exceptionally competitive System-on-Chip products.
ARC International maintains a worldwide presence with corporate offices in Elstree, UK and San Jose, California, USA. The Company has research and development offices located in England and the United States. For more information please visit the ARC website at: www.ARC.com
. ARC International is listed on the London Stock Exchange as ARC International plc (LSE:ARK).
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