MOSAID's Systems Division develops and sells engineering memory ATE for the global semiconductor industry. Teradyne is purchasing the assets and intellectual property associated with a MOSAID high performance tester platform. Teradyne will also receive an exclusive license to certain patented and non-patented intellectual property associated with MOSAID's current ATE product lines, and a non-exclusive patent license for Teradyne's ATE products.
"This transaction is a critical step in our strategic alternatives initiative and a realization of our vision to be sharply focused on the development and licensing of intellectual property," said George Cwynar, President and Chief Executive Officer, MOSAID. "For years, we have set the standard for excellence in engineering memory test equipment, with the MOSAID name being synonymous with high quality memory test systems. However, challenging business conditions within this market - coupled with our strategic emphasis on intellectual property - led to this divestiture, which marks the end of an era for MOSAID."
MOSAID will wind down its remaining ATE business by April 30, 2007 and intends to make arrangements with alternate service companies to provide ongoing support for its installed base of tester products.
Savvian Advisors, LLC acted as MOSAID's financial advisor on the transaction with Teradyne.
MOSAID's management will discuss the divestiture of the Systems Division during the Company's fiscal 2007 third quarter analyst conference call, scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, February 22, 2007.
MOSAID Technologies Incorporated makes semiconductors better through the development and licensing of intellectual property. MOSAID counts many of the world's largest semiconductor companies among its customers. Founded in 1975, MOSAID is based in Ottawa, Ontario, with offices in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit www.mosaid.com.
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Forward Looking Information
This document and certain other public documents incorporated by reference in this document, contain forward-looking statements to the extent they relate to MOSAID or its management, including those identified by the expressions "anticipate," "believe," "foresee," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "could," "may,", "plan," "will," "would" and similar expressions. Similarly, statements in this document that describe MOSAID's business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but rather reflect MOSAID's current expectations regarding future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Assumptions made in preparing forward-looking statements and financial guidance include, but are not limited to, the following: MOSAID's continued expansion of its patent portfolio and of its opportunities for future patent licensing revenue as a result of MOSAID's acquisition of patents from third parties and from development of new inventions; DRAM manufacturers continuing to infringe MOSAID's patents; the timing and amount of MOSAID's litigation expenses; MOSAID's ability to sign new patent licensees; the value proposition associated with MOSAID's products relative to its competition in the market; the timing and amount of MOSAID's Research & Development expenses; the timing of MOSAID's new product introductions; MOSAID's ability to develop, manufacture, and market innovative products in a rapidly changing technological environment; and MOSAID's ability to maintain and enhance existing customer relationships.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results include, but are not limited to, the following: declines or unexpected variations in market growth rates for MOSAID's products; the extent of embedded DRAM proliferation in the System-on-a-Chip markets; variability in customer deployment schedules from quarter to quarter; shifts in the mix of MOSAID products sold; unfavorable legal rulings in MOSAID's patent litigations; economic, social, and political conditions in the countries in which MOSAID, its customers, suppliers, or patent licensees operate, including security risks, health conditions, possible disruptions in transportation networks and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; non-payment or delays in payment by customers/licensees; failure to maintain and enforce MOSAID's existing patent portfolio, or failure to obtain valuable patents as a result of research and development activities, or failure to acquire valuable patents from third parties; MOSAID's ability to recruit and retain skilled personnel; change in MOSAID's financial position; obsolescence of products or inappropriate targeting to markets that fail to materialize; inability to transition to new technologies to meet customer demand; variations in average sales cycles; key component supply restrictions and/or cost increases; critical industry transitions; consolidation of MOSAID's customers and/or licensees; natural events, such as severe weather and earthquakes in the locations in which MOSAID, its customers, suppliers, or patent licensees operate; and changes in the tax rate applicable to MOSAID as the result of changes in the tax law in the jurisdictions in which profits are determined to be earned and taxed, the outcome of tax audits and the ability to realize deferred tax assets.
MOSAID assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. Additional information identifying risks and uncertainties affecting MOSAID's business and other factors that could cause MOSAID's financial results to fluctuate are contained in MOSAID's Annual Information Form, under the section entitled "Risk Factors," and in MOSAID's other public filings available online at www.sedar.com.