Hardinge Inc. to Review Indication of Interest from Privet

ELMIRA, N.Y.--()--Hardinge Inc. (NASDAQ: HDNG), a leading international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions and accessories, today confirmed that Privet Fund LP and Privet Fund Management LLC (“Privet”) indicated to Hardinge that Privet is currently evaluating a potential transaction to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Hardinge common stock that it does not already own at a price of $17.25 per share.

In connection with Privet’s indication of interest, the Hardinge board of directors formed a Strategic Alternatives Committee (the “Committee”) comprised of Christopher DiSantis (chairperson), Mitchell Quain and Tony Tripeny, each of whom confirmed to the board of directors that he is independent and disinterested with respect to Privet. In order to allow Privet to further evaluate a potential transaction, at Privet’s request, the Committee agreed to provide Privet, its advisors and potential financing sources with access to confidential information regarding Hardinge.

Consistent with its fiduciary duties and in consultation with its independent financial and legal advisors, the Committee will carefully review Privet’s indication of interest in the context of all relevant factors and determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interests of Hardinge and its shareholders.

BMO Capital Markets Corp. is acting as financial advisor and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is acting as legal advisor to Hardinge.

About Hardinge

Hardinge is a leading global designer and manufacturer of high precision, computer-controlled machine tool solutions developed for critical, hard-to-machine metal parts and of technologically advanced workholding accessories. The Company’s strategy is to leverage its global brand strength to further penetrate global market opportunities where customers will benefit from the technologically advanced, high quality, reliable products Hardinge produces. With approximately two-thirds of its sales outside of North America, Hardinge serves the worldwide metal working market. Hardinge’s machine tool and accessory solutions can also be found in a broad base of industries to include aerospace, agricultural, automotive, construction, consumer products, defense, energy, medical, technology and transportation.

Hardinge applies its engineering design and manufacturing expertise in high performance machining centers, high-end cylindrical and jig grinding machines, SUPER-PRECISION® and precision CNC lathes and technologically advanced workholding accessories. Hardinge has manufacturing operations in China, France, Germany, India, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Company regularly posts information on its website: www.hardinge.com

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Contacts

Hardinge Inc.
Douglas J. Malone, 607-378-4140
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
or
Investor Relations:
Kei Advisors LLC
Deborah K. Pawlowski, 716-843-3908
dpawlowski@keiadvisors.com

Release Summary

Hardinge Inc. (NASDAQ: HDNG) will review indication of interest from Privet Fund LP and Privet Fund Management in acquiring outstanding common shares.

Contacts

Hardinge Inc.
Douglas J. Malone, 607-378-4140
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
or
Investor Relations:
Kei Advisors LLC
Deborah K. Pawlowski, 716-843-3908
dpawlowski@keiadvisors.com