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Avid Announces Receipt Of Anticipated NASDAQ Letter

Stocks in this article: AVID

Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVID), announced today that, due to the previously disclosed delay in the filing of its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 (the “Form 10-K”), the Company has, as expected, received on March 19, 2013 a notification letter from staff of the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Department (the “Staff”). The notification states that the Company is no longer in compliance with NASDAQ Marketplace Rule 5250(c)(1), which requires timely filing of periodic reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The NASDAQ letter was issued in accordance with standard NASDAQ procedure, which provides that failure to timely file the Company's Form 10-K could serve as a basis for the delisting of the Company's stock from the NASDAQ Global Select Market. The Company intends to submit to the Staff a plan as to how it plans to regain compliance with NASDAQ's continued listing requirements. The NASDAQ notice specifies that this plan has to be submitted by May 20, 2013. If the Staff accepts the Company's plan, the Company expects to have up to 180 calendar days from the initial due date for the Form 10-K, or until September 16, 2013, to regain compliance. If the Staff does not accept Avid's plan, Avid will have the opportunity to appeal that decision to a NASDAQ Hearings Panel. The NASDAQ notice has no immediate effect on the listing of Avid's common stock on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

On March 19, 2013, the Company filed a Form 12b-25 with the SEC stating that it was unable to file the Form 10-K with the SEC on or before March 18, 2013, the prescribed due date, because it is continuing to evaluate the accounting treatment related to bug fixes, upgrades and enhancements in certain of the Company's customer arrangements (collectively, “Software Updates”). The primary focus of the Company's evaluation to date has been to determine whether certain Software Updates previously thought to be only bug fixes met the definition of post-contract customer support under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The Company is working diligently to complete the review and continues to focus its efforts on completing the Form 10-K filing as soon as possible.

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