Mentor Graphics Confirms Receipt of Unsolicited Conditional Proposal from the Icahn Group

Shareholders Need to Take No Action at this Time

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 22, 2011 — Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT) today confirmed that it has received an unsolicited conditional proposal from Carl Icahn and certain of his affiliated entities (the “Icahn Group”) for all of the outstanding shares of the company other than those it already owns at a price of $17 per share in cash.

The company’s Board of Directors will review the Icahn Group’s conditional proposal including any trade regulation limitations that may apply to alternate proposals and make a recommendation to shareholders in due course. Mentor Graphics shareholders are advised to take no action at this time pending the review of the proposal by the Mentor Graphics Board.

The company will release financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter, ended January 31, 2011, on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at approximately 4:15 p.m. Eastern time. A conference call with investors to discuss the financial results is scheduled for 5:00 PM Eastern time.

Webcast Participation

  • Live audio webcast at http://www.mentor.com/company/investor_relations. Please register at this website prior to the scheduled call time of 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
  • Conference call replay: Begins February 24, 2011 (7:00 p.m. Eastern time); Ends March 4, 2011 (3:00 a.m. Eastern time). USA 800-475-6701; International 320-365-3844; Access code: 192453

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $850 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

Important Information

This release may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in connection with the company’s 2011 annual meeting of shareholders. The company, its directors and certain of its executive officers and employees may be deemed to be participants in such solicitation. The company will file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in connection with its 2011 annual meeting of shareholders. The proxy statement, any other relevant documents and other material filed with the SEC concerning the company will be, when filed, available free of charge at http://www.sec.gov and http://www.mentor.com/company/investor_relations. Shareholders are urged to read the proxy statement and any other relevant documents filed when they become available because they will contain important information.

Information Regarding Participants

The company, its directors and certain of its executive officers and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in connection with the company’s 2011 annual meeting of shareholders. Information concerning these participants is available in the company’s proxy statement for the 2010 annual meeting of shareholders filed with the SEC on May 28, 2010, and in subsequent SEC filings on Forms 3 and 4. Shareholders are advised to read the company’s proxy statement for the 2011 annual meeting of shareholders and other relevant documents when they become available, because they will contain important information, including information with respect to such participants. You can obtain free copies of these referenced documents as described above.



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