MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
TowerJazz (Nasdaq: TSEM; TASE: TSEM), the global specialty foundry leader, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a reverse split of its ordinary shares at a ratio of 1-for-15. The reverse split will reduce the number of outstanding ordinary shares of the Company to approximately 22 million shares. Fractional shares as a result of the reverse share split will be rounded up to the next whole number. Proportional adjustments will be made to all of TowerJazz's outstanding convertible securities.
The reverse share split is intended to enable TowerJazz to regain compliance with the NASDAQ minimum bid requirement to maintain the Company's stock listing on NASDAQ.The Company's ordinary shares will begin trading on a split-adjusted basis on NASDAQ commencing August 6, 2012 and on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange commencing August 5, 2012, subject to the approval of the company's shareholders on Thursday, August 2, 2012. Russell Ellwanger, CEO of TowerJazz, commented: "The reverse split action is being done for the benefit of our shareholders - it is intended to enable continued US investment and analysts' coverage by regaining our listing on NASDAQ, while continuing to be traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. We as well expect this action to create new opportunities for us with large size institutional investors and analysts as we continue to extend our leadership as the number one global specialty foundry." About TowerJazz Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM), the global specialty foundry leader, its fully owned U.S. subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor Ltd., and its fully owned Japanese subsidiary TowerJazz Japan, LTD, operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, manufacturing integrated circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13-micron. TowerJazz provides industry leading design enablement tools to allow complex designs to be achieved quickly and more accurately and offers a broad range of customizable process technologies including SiGe, BiCMOS, Mixed-Signal and RFCMOS, CMOS Image Sensor, Power Management (BCD), and Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) as well as MEMS capabilities. To provide multi-fab sourcing, TowerJazz maintains two manufacturing facilities in Israel, one in the U.S., and one in Japan with additional capacity available in China through manufacturing partnerships. For more information, please visit http://www.towerjazz.com. Safe Harbor Regarding Forward-Looking Statements