Bidding War for PMC-Sierra Intensifies: Microsemi Bids Higher Yet AgainFriday, November 20, 2015
Microsemi Corporation Announces Revised Proposal to Acquire PMC-Sierra for $12.05 per Share in Cash and Stock (implied enterprise value of $2.3 billion)
Microsemi Corporation Announces That Its Revised Proposal to Acquire PMC-Sierra, Inc. Has Been Deemed a "Superior Proposal" by PMC-Sierra Board of Directors (Not Confirmed Yet by PMC-Sierra)
Vancouver, BC, November 20, 2015--(T-Net)--Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced on Wednesday this week that it has increased its proposal to acquire local heavyweight technology company PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq: PMCS) in a cash and stock transaction valued at roughly $2.3 billion.
Under the terms of Microsemi's new proposal, PMC shareholders would receive $9.22 in cash and 0.0771x of a share of Microsemi common stock for each share of PMC common stock. The implied enterprise value is $2.3 billion, net of PMC's net cash balance as of Sept. 27, 2015.
Based on the closing stock price of Microsemi on Nov. 17, 2015, the transaction is valued at $12.05 per PMC share.
A subsequent press release from Microsemi yesterday morning (Nov 19th) is indicating that PMC-Sierra's board has deemed Microsemi's latest bid as a "Superior Proposal" and apparently now given written notice to Skyworks of its intent to approve or recommend Microsemi's latest proposal (this has not been confirmed yet by PMC-Sierra).
Under the terms of its original agreement with Skyworks, PMC-Sierra would reportedly be entitled to terminate its original merger agreement with them, unless Skyworks makes a new bid within three business days (that would again cause Microsemi's bid to no longer constitute a "superior offer").
"The board of PMC chose not to recommend to their shareholders our previous proposal, which was $0.17 per share higher than the existing offer from Skyworks," said James J. Peterson, Microsemi's chairman and CEO. "Our revised offer delivers even more value to shareholders and we have addressed PMC's preference in increasing the cash component of our proposal. Because we are not subject to the same uncertainty regarding regulatory approvals, our unique ability to close this transaction represents the best approach to realizing the value of PMC in a timely manner, consistent with the board's fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders."
Editor's Note: There has been no word or official press release response or confirmation yet from PMC-Sierra regarding Microsemi's latest proposal, or Microsemi's statement yesterday indicating PMC-Sierra has given written notice to Skyworks of its intent to approve or recommend Microsemi's proposal, so readers are cautioned to await an official announement from PMC-Sierra.
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,600 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.
Microsemi and the Microsemi logo are registered trademarks or service marks of Microsemi Corporation and/or its affiliates. Third-party trademarks and service marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
PMC (Nasdaq: PMCS) is the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store Big Data. Building on a track record of technology leadership, the company is driving innovation across storage, optical and mobile networks. PMC's highly integrated solutions increase performance and enable next-generation services to accelerate the network transformation.
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This release contains forward-looking statements based on current expectations or beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions about future events, and these statements are subject to factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Microsemi. The forward-looking statements in this release address a variety of subjects including, for example, statements regarding Microsemi's offer to acquire PMC-Sierra Inc. ("PMC"), its financing and the expected timing of the proposed transaction, the potential benefits of the acquisition (including the potentially accretive and synergistic benefits), Microsemi's expected future performance (including expected results of operations and financial guidance), and the combined company's future financial condition, operating results, strategy and plans. Statements including words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates," "plan," "will," "may," "look forward," "intend," "guidance," "future" or similar expressions are forward-looking statements. 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In addition to these factors and any other factors mentioned elsewhere in this news release, the reader should refer as well to the factors, uncertainties or risks identified in Microsemi's most recent Form 10-K and any subsequent Form 10-Q reports filed by Microsemi with the SEC. Additional risk factors may be identified from time to time in Microsemi's future filings. The forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and Microsemi does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Guidance is provided only on a non-GAAP basis due to the inherent difficulty of forecasting the timing or amount of certain items that have been excluded from the forward-looking non-GAAP measures, and a reconciliation to the comparable GAAP guidance has not been provided because certain factors that are materially significant to Microsemi's ability to estimate the excluded items are not accessible or estimable on a forward-looking basis.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. This communication relates to a proposal which Microsemi Corporation ("Microsemi") has made for a business combination transaction with PMC-Sierra Inc. ("PMC"). In furtherance of this proposal and subject to future developments, Microsemi (and, if a negotiated transaction is agreed to, PMC) may file one or more registration statements, prospectuses, proxy statements or other documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). This communication is not a substitute for any registration statement, prospectus, proxy statement or other document Microsemi and/or PMC may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF MICROSEMI AND PMC ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, PROSPECTUS, PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE AS THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Any definitive proxy statement (if and when available) will be mailed to stockholders of PMC. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Microsemi through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.
Certain Information Regarding Participants
Microsemi and certain of its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in any solicitation with respect to the proposed transaction under the rules of the SEC. Security holders may obtain information regarding the names and interests of Microsemi's directors and executive officers from Microsemi's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 27, 2014, which was filed with the SEC on November 12, 2015, and Microsemi's proxy statement for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on December 19, 2014. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Additional information regarding the interests of these participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will also be included in any proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC if and when they become available.
John W. Hohener
Executive Vice President and CFO
Phone: (949) 380-6100
Robert C. Adams
Vice President of Corporate Development
Phone: (949) 380-6100
Burnaby, BC (InfoTech)
Microsemi Canada (formerly PMC-Sierra)
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