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Xyratex Ltd Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan And Declares Dividend Distribution Of Preferred Share Purchase Rights

HAVANT, United Kingdom, Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Xyratex Ltd (NASDAQ: XRTX), a leading provider of data storage technology, announced today that its Board of Directors has adopted a shareholder rights plan, pursuant to which the Board of Directors declared a dividend distribution of one preferred share purchase right on each outstanding common share of the Company. 

Subject to limited exceptions, the preferred share purchase rights will be exercisable if a person or group acquires 15% or more of the Company's common shares or announces a tender offer for 15% or more of the common shares.  Under certain circumstances, each right will entitle shareholders to buy one one-hundredth of a share of the newly created series A junior participating preference shares of the Company at an exercise price of $50.00.  The Board of Directors will be entitled to redeem the rights at $0.0001 per right at any time prior to the occurrence of a triggering event.

The rights are intended to enable all of the Company's shareholders to realize the long-term value of their investment in the Company.  They do not prevent a takeover, but should encourage anyone seeking to acquire the Company to negotiate with the Board of Directors prior to attempting a takeover.  The rights will expire on December 17, 2013.

The rights are designed to assure that all of the Company's shareholders receive fair and equal treatment in the event of any proposed takeover of the Company and to guard against partial tender offers, open market accumulations and other abusive or coercive tactics to gain control of the Company without paying all shareholders a control premium.

If a person acquires 15% or more of the outstanding common shares of the Company, each right will entitle the right holder to purchase, at the right's then-current exercise price, a number of common shares having a market value at that time of twice the right's exercise price.  We refer to the person who acquired 15% or more of the outstanding common shares of the Company as the "acquiring person".  Rights held by the acquiring person will become void and will not be exercisable to purchase shares.  If the Company is acquired in a merger or other business combination transaction which has not been approved by the Board of Directors, each right will entitle its holder to purchase, at the right's then-current exercise price, a number of shares of the acquiring company's common stock having a market value at that time of twice the right's exercise price.

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