Follows Request of Mellanox to Postpone the Vote on the Merger Proposal
Mellanox Submits Proposal to Revise Merger Agreement to include a Go-Shop Period and Waiver of Termination Fee
Vote to Elect Directors and Other Agenda Items at the Annual General Meeting to be Held Today will Go Forward as Scheduled
EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. ("EZchip" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: EZCH), a leader in high-performance processing solutions for carrier and data center networks, today announced that at the request of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. ("Mellanox") pursuant to its right under the Merger Agreement to cause EZchip to postpone the vote on the Merger Proposal, EZchip is postponing to a date to be determined the shareholder vote on the Merger Proposal originally scheduled to take place at the Company's 2015 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on November 12, 2015.
In connection with its request, Mellanox also provided EZchip with a proposal to revise the Merger Agreement to include (i) a 30-day "go-shop" period during which EZchip would be entitled to solicit third party offers, and (ii) a waiver of its right to a termination fee.
In its notice to EZchip, Mellanox noted that the postponement of the meeting date will provide EZchip shareholders with additional time to more fully evaluate the Merger Proposal, particularly in light of the proposed terms of the Merger Agreement and the misinformation in the marketplace disseminated by Raging Capital.
The EZchip Board of Directors will consider Mellanox's proposed revisions and will negotiate an amendment to the Merger Agreement that is in the best interests of all EZchip shareholders. The Company will advise shareholders as soon as practicable of the outcome of the discussions to amend the Merger Agreement, as well as the new meeting and record dates.
The vote to elect directors and the other agenda items at the Company's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders will be held today at 5:00 p.m. (Israel time), as scheduled.
EZchip is a fabless semiconductor company that provides high-performance processing solutions for a wide range of applications for the carrier, cloud and data center networks. EZchip's broad portfolio of solutions scales from a few to hundreds of Gigabits-per-second, and includes network processors, multi-core processors, intelligent network adapters, high-performance appliances and a comprehensive software ecosystem. EZchip's processing solutions excel at providing great flexibility and high performance coupled with superior integration and power efficiency.
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Important Additional Information
This communication is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell securities. Shareholders are urged to read the Proxy Statement, dated October 13, 2015 (as supplemented on October 26, 2015), together with the Merger Agreement and other exhibits thereto, in their entirety because they contain important information. The Proxy Statement, dated October 13, 2015 (including the Merger Agreement with Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. and the fairness opinion received by the EZchip Board), has been filed by EZchip with the SEC and mailed to shareholders. The Supplement to the Proxy Statement, dated October 26, 2015, has been filed by EZchip with the SEC and is being mailed to shareholders. Shareholders may also obtain a free copy of these statements and other documents filed by EZchip with the SEC at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov by directing such requests to:
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