LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dialog Semiconductor plc ("Dialog" or "Company") (XETRA:DLG) has reviewed the letter and presentation issued by Elliott Management Corporation on 9 November regarding Dialog's agreement to acquire Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML) and offers the following observations to its shareholders:
1. Dialog continues to strongly support this strategically important transaction. As described on 2 November in Dialog's press release reaffirming the Board's unanimous support for the acquisition, Dialog continues to believe this transaction is in the best interests of its shareholders. The transaction diversifies Dialog's existing customer concentration, increases Dialog's addressable market size, positions Dialog to capitalise on the large and growing Internet of Things (IoT) opportunity, creates significant cost and revenue synergy potential and results in a company that will be a leader in markets that are profitable and growing rapidly over the next several years.
2. Elliott's motivations appear to be based on a short-term risk arbitrage trade rather than long-term shareholder value creation. Elliott does not appear to have the same economic motivations or investment timeframe as traditional long-only Dialog shareholders. Elliott has disclosed an ownership position providing it with 2.9% of the voting rights in Dialog. They have also separately disclosed a "short" position in Atmel, which would likely provide an economic benefit to Elliott if Atmel's share price were to fall. Elliott has not disclosed the size of this short position nor have they disclosed the size of the economic benefit they would receive should Atmel's stock price fall if the transaction is not consummated. Elliott's risk arbitrage position creates economic incentives that are not aligned with those of the broader Dialog shareholder base.
3. Dialog is encouraged by the level of shareholder support for the transaction. Dialog is spending considerable time with shareholders leading up to the vote next week and is encouraged by the level of support from many of its large, long-term shareholders that have indicated to us an intention to vote "for" the transaction. Dialog expects to gain the required vote from its shareholders at the meeting next week.
4. Elliott significantly exaggerates the takeover premium being paid in the transaction. Dialog is paying a 27% premium to the Atmel price on September 16, one day prior to news stories circulating that Atmel was in discussions with a Chinese entity about an acquisition. Dialog is paying a 33% premium to the 30-day average closing price prior to the announced acquisition by Dialog, a 24% premium to the 60-day average closing price prior to the acquisition by Dialog and no premium to the 52-week high price. The premium that Dialog is paying is in line with other recent semiconductor transactions. Elliott's 92% premium calculation uses an unconventional methodology to calculate its own fair value price which does not take into account significant investments that Atmel has made over the years in its 32-bit microcontroller, automotive, security and connectivity products, nor does it take into account transaction synergies.
5. Elliott ignores the significant value creation opportunity available to Dialog shareholders for this transaction. Dialog believes the acquisition will lead to attractive financial returns for its shareholders. Dialog has previously disclosed that it targets (in the medium-term) to grow revenues at an 11-15% annual growth rate with target operating margins in the 23-25% range. This transaction creates a company with both attractive growth and attractive profitability characteristics. Additional financial metrics that support the business case for the transaction are available in Dialog's most recent transaction presentation at the below link(*), including Illustrative 2018 Underlying Adjusted EBITDA generation of between $1.0-1.3 billion and between $5.00-6.00 of Illustrative 2018 Underlying Adjusted EPS.
6. Elliott is inconsistent and incorrect in its characterization of transaction debt. Elliott states that Dialog's post-transaction debt position would be one of the highest in the semiconductor sector and would result in a risky investment profile given the high level of customer concentration. One of Elliott's proposed solutions involves levering the company up to repurchase shares - possibly so Elliott can sell its newly acquired ownership position. This would have the effect of adding leverage but without reducing customer concentration or gaining valuable transaction synergies, leaving Dialog's existing shareholders fully exposed. Dialog expects to have the ability to substantially repay the transaction leverage of approximately 3x Net Debt/LTM EBITDA at closing (pre-synergies) within three years. Dialog also notes that other companies in the semiconductor sector such as Avago, Intel, Lam Research and Texas Instruments have successfully used debt as a funding source for large acquisitions.
7. Elliott exaggerates the integration risk with the transaction. Dialog is committed to a successful integration for customers, employees and ecosystem partners. Dialog is working with Bain & Co, a leading global consulting company in strategy, operations and organisational implementation, to assist with the acquisition integration. Bain has significant experience in large and complex acquisition integrations, including those in the technology/semiconductor sector and Dialog will benefit from their involvement in the process. The integration team will be overseen by Jalal Bagherli, Dialog's Chief Executive Officer, with regular reporting to Dialog's Board of Directors.
8. Regulatory and closing schedule update. Dialog is pleased to note that it has received the required regulatory approvals in Germany to proceed with the transaction. Dialog continues to target closing the transaction in the first quarter of 2016, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions to closing.
(*) Dialog Transaction Presentation
Dialog provides highly integrated standard and custom mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), optimised for smartphone, tablet, IoT, LED Solid State Lighting (SSL) and Smart Home applications. Dialog brings strong expertise to the rapid development of ICs while providing flexible and dynamic support, innovation and the assurance of dealing with an established business partner. With world-class manufacturing partners, Dialog operates a fabless business model and is a socially responsible employer pursuing many programs to benefit the employees, community, other stakeholders and the environment. Dialog's power saving technologies including DC-DC configurable system power management deliver high efficiency and enhance the consumer's user experience by extending battery lifetime and enabling faster charging of their portable devices. Its technology portfolio also includes audio, Bluetooth(R) Smart, Rapid Charge(TM) AC/DC power conversion and multi-touch.
Dialog is headquartered in London with a global sales, R&D and marketing organisation. In 2014, it had $1.16 billion in revenue and was one of the fastest growing European public semiconductor companies.
This communication is not a prospectus as required by the Prospectus Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 (No 2003/71/EC). It does not constitute or form part of an offer to sell or any invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed merger or otherwise. Any acceptance or response to the proposed merger should be made only on the basis of the information referred to, in respect of Dialog shareholders, a shareholder circular seeking the approval of Dialog shareholders for the proposed merger, and the issuance of ordinary shares in the form of ADSs to Atmel's stockholders (the "Circular") or, in respect of Atmel's stockholders, a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed merger involving Dialog and Atmel. In connection with the proposed merger, Dialog will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a Registration Statement on Form F-4 (the "Registration Statement") containing a prospectus with respect to Dialog's ordinary shares to be issued in the proposed merger and a proxy statement of Atmel in connection with the proposed merger (the "Proxy Statement/Prospectus"). Each of Dialog and Atmel intends to file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed merger. The definitive Proxy Statement/Prospectus will be mailed to stockholders of Atmel and will contain important information about the proposed merger and related matters. Shareholders of Dialog and stockholders of Atmel are advised to read carefully the formal documentation in relation to the proposed merger once it has been dispatched. The proposals for the proposed merger will, in respect of Dialog shareholders, be made solely through the Circular, and, in respect of Atmel's stockholders, be made solely through the Proxy Statement/Prospectus. Both the Circular and the final Proxy Statement/Prospectus will contain the full terms and conditions of the way in which the proposed merger will be implemented, including details of how to vote with respect to the implementation of the proposed merger. Any acceptance or other response to the proposals should be made only on the basis of the information in respect of the Dialog shareholders, in the Circular, or, in respect of Atmel's stockholders, in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus.
This communication comprises an advertisement for the purposes of paragraph 3.3R of the Prospectus Rules made under Part VI of the FSMA and not a prospectus. Any prospectus in connection with the admission of ordinary shares of Dialog to the Regulated Market of, and to trading on, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (the "UK Prospectus") will be published at a later date.
Copies of the UK Prospectus and the Circular will, from the date of posting to Dialog shareholders, be filed with the UK Listing Authority and submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and available for inspection at www.Hemscott.com/nsm.do and available for inspection by Dialog shareholders at the registered office of Dialog Semiconductor plc, Tower Bridge House, St. Katharine's Way, London E1W 1AA, United Kingdom, during normal business hours on any weekday (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays excepted) and in the Investor Relations section of Dialog's website at www.dialog-semiconductor.com. Investors may obtain, free of charge, copies of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus and Registration Statement, and any other documents filed by Atmel and Dialog with the SEC in connection with the proposed merger at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Investors may obtain, free of charge, copies of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus and any other documents filed by Atmel with the SEC in connection with the proposed merger in the "Investors" section of Atmel's website at www.atmel.com. Investors may also obtain, free of charge, copies of the Registration Statement, and any other documents filed by Dialog with the SEC in connection with the proposed merger on Dialog's website at www.dialog-semiconductor.com.
BEFORE MAKING AN INVESTMENT OR VOTING DECISION, WE URGE INVESTORS OF DIALOG AND INVESTORS OF ATMEL TO READ CAREFULLY THE CIRCULAR, UK PROSPECTUS, PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND REGISTRATION STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT DIALOG OR ATMEL WILL FILE WITH THE UKLA OR SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER.
Participants in the Solicitation
Dialog, Atmel and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from stockholders in connection with the approval of the proposed merger and may have direct or indirect interests in the proposed merger. Information about Dialog's directors and executive officers is set forth in Dialog's Annual report and accounts 2014, which may be obtained free of charge at Dialog's website at www.dialog-semiconductor.com. Information about Atmel's directors and executive officers and their respective interests in Atmel by security holdings or otherwise is set forth in Atmel's Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for its 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 3, 2015, and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, which was filed with the SEC on February 26, 2015. These documents are available free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and from the "Investors" section of Atmel's website at www.atmel.com. Additional information regarding the interests of participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed merger will be included in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus and the Registration Statement that Dialog will file with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies to approve the proposed merger.
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Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Dialog's and Atmel's or the combined company's ability to control or estimate precisely and include, without limitation: (i) the ability to obtain governmental and regulatory approvals of the proposed merger, including the approval of antitrust authorities necessary to complete the proposed merger, or to satisfy other conditions to the proposed merger, including the ability to obtain the requisite Dialog shareholder approvals and Atmel stockholder approvals, on the proposed terms and timeframe; (ii) the possibility that the proposed merger does not close when expected or at all, or that the companies, in order to achieve governmental and regulatory approvals, may be required to modify aspects of the proposed merger or to accept conditions that could adversely affect the combined company or the expected benefits of the proposed merger; (iii) the risk that competing offers or acquisition proposals will be made; (iv) the inherent uncertainty associated with financial projections; (v) the ability to realize the expected synergies or savings from the proposed merger in the amounts or in the timeframe anticipated; (vi) the potential harm to customer, supplier, employee and other relationships caused by the announcement or closing of the proposed merger; (vii) the ability to integrate Atmel's businesses into those of Dialog's in a timely and cost-efficient manner; (viii) the development of the markets for Atmel's and Dialog's products; (ix) the combined company's ability to develop and market products containing the respective technologies of Atmel and Dialog in a timely and cost-effective manner; (x) general global macroeconomic and geo-political conditions; (xi) the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry; (xii) an economic downturn in the semiconductor and telecommunications markets; (xiii) the inability to realize the anticipated benefits of transactions related to the proposed merger and other acquisitions, restructuring activities, including in connection with the proposed merger, or other initiatives in a timely manner or at all; (xiv) consolidation occurring within the semiconductor industry through mergers and acquisitions; (xv) the impact of competitive products and pricing; (xvi) disruption to Atmel's business caused by increased dependence on outside foundries, financial instability or insolvency proceedings affecting some of those foundries, and associated litigation in some cases; (xvii) industry and/or company overcapacity or under-capacity, including capacity constraints of independent assembly contractors; (xviii) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xix) the success of customers' end products and timely design acceptance by customers; (xx) timely introduction of new products and technologies and implementation of new manufacturing technologies; (xxi) the combined company's ability to ramp new products into volume production; (xxii) reliance on non-binding customer forecasts and the absence of long-term supply contracts with customers; (xxiii) financial stability in foreign markets and the impact or volatility of foreign exchange rates and significant devaluation of the Euro against the U.S. dollar; (xxiv) unanticipated changes in environmental, health and safety regulations; (xxv) Atmel's dependence on selling through independent distributors; (xxvi) the complexity of the combined company's revenue recognition policies; (xxvii) information technology system failures; (xxviii) business interruptions, natural disasters or terrorist acts; (xxix) unanticipated costs and expenses or the inability to identify expenses which can be eliminated; (xxx) disruptions in the availability of raw materials; (xxxi) compliance with U.S. and international laws and regulations by the combined company and its distributors; (xxxii) dependence on key personnel; (xxxiii) the combined company's ability to protect intellectual property rights; (xxxiv) litigation (including intellectual property litigation in which the combined company may be involved or in which customers of the combined company may be involved, especially in the mobile device sector), and the possible unfavourable results of legal proceedings; (xxxv) the market price or increased volatility of Dialog's ordinary shares and ADSs (if the merger is completed); and (xxxvi) other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in Dialog's and Atmel's periodic reports and other filings with the SEC or other regulatory authorities, including Atmel's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2015 (whether under the caption Risk Factors or Forward Looking Statements or elsewhere). 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