"Joining forces with Mellanox represents numerous synergies that create a true powerhouse for connectivity and processing. With Mellanox's leading layer 1 - 3 connectivity solutions for data centers and EZchip's leading layer 3 - 7 processing solutions for carrier networks, the two companies complement each other in technology, products, markets served and customers. Together, we enable a multitude of layer 1 through 7 solutions for data centers and carriers," said Eli Fruchter, CEO of EZchip. "I want to thank our shareholders and customers for their trust in us and our outstanding employees for building a winning company, a company that started fifteen years ago with many competitors and no customers, and became a market leader with leading-edge technology and products. We are delighted to join the Mellanox team and look forward to working together to drive the combined company's further growth."Mellanox and EZchip each believe that employees represent one of their most important assets. Mellanox looks forward to combining employees from both organizations. Mellanox intends to retain both companies' existing product lines, and will ensure continuity for customers and partners of both companies. The combined businesses currently have approximately 2,400 employees, and have generated combined revenues of $668 million for the twelve months ended June 30, 2015. The transaction is projected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to the completion of certain closing conditions. Mellanox expects the transaction to be non-GAAP accretive from day one. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, EZchip shareholders will receive $25.5 for each ordinary share of EZchip that they hold at the closing of the transaction. Mellanox intends to fund the transaction with cash on hand from the combined companies and $300 million in fully-committed debt financing. The proposed acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and the approval of EZchip's shareholders.
In connection with the transaction, J.P. Morgan acted as exclusive financial adviser and provided a financing commitment to Mellanox and Herzog Fox & Neeman and Latham & Watkins LLP acted as Mellanox's legal counsel. Barclays acted as exclusive financial adviser to EZchip and Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. and Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP acted as EZchip's legal counsel.Conference Call Mellanox and EZchip will jointly conduct a conference call to discuss Mellanox's agreement to acquire EZchip at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time, today, September 30, 2015. To listen to the call, dial +1-785-424-1666 approximately ten minutes prior to the start time. Presentation slides along with a webcast of the live and archived call will be available on the investor relations section of the Mellanox website at http://ir.mellanox.com. Press Conference Mellanox and EZchip will hold a press briefing in the Mellanox Tel Aviv office, Thursday, October 1, 10:00 a.m. Israel Time. In order to listen to the briefing, please use the following registration link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/tr97vnkpv2kx&eom. On the confirmation mail, please click "Join Meeting." Transcripts will be available as soon as practical on the investor relations section of the Mellanox website at http://ir.mellanox.com. About EZchip EZchip is a fabless semiconductor company that provides high-performance processing solutions for a wide range of applications for the carrier, cloud and data center networks. EZchip's broad portfolio of solutions scales from a few to hundreds of Gigabits-per-second, and includes network processors, multi-core processors, intelligent network adapters, high-performance appliances and a comprehensive software ecosystem. EZchip's processing solutions excel at providing great flexibility and high performance coupled with superior integration and power efficiency. About Mellanox Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high-performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com. 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