Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRL) announced that the company sent a proposal late afternoon on December 2nd to the Board of Directors of LogicVision Incorporated (NASDAQ: LGVN) to acquire LogicVision for $1.05 per share in cash. The proposal provides a premium of 114% to LogicVision’s closing price of $0.49 on December 1, 2008, and values LogicVision at approximately $10.0 million.
The text of the letter that was sent to LogicVision’s Board of Directors follows:
December 2, 2008
Board of Directors
25 Metro Drive, Third Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
We are sincerely disappointed in your unwillingness to engage in any substantive discussions regarding our indication of interest transmitted to you on November 10th regarding an all-cash acquisition of LogicVision, Inc. (“LogicVision”) by Virage Logic Corporation (“Virage”). We continue to believe that such a transaction would be to our companies’ mutual benefit, and we are unable to understand your refusal to consider a transaction that would appear to be in your stockholders’ best interests. We note your response that the company is not for sale, which position we believe deserves serious reconsideration. Your refusal to engage in negotiations regarding a possible sale of the company appears to be premised on unrealistic expectations regarding the future prospects of LogicVision. Recent economic events and the resulting downturn in business spending and the semiconductor market cast serious doubts on LogicVision’s long term future as a stand-alone public company.
In response to your apparent unwillingness to engage in negotiations, we are formally making a proposal to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of LogicVision for $1.05 per share in cash, which acquisition would be financed by Virage solely using available cash. This represents a premium of 114% to the closing price for LogicVision’s stock as of December 1, 2008. We believe this to be a very fair offer, and if given the opportunity, your stockholders would also agree. We are offering your stockholders an immediate tangible cash return weighed against an uncertain future for LogicVision as a stand-alone public company and all the associated challenges in light of LogicVision’s current cash position and foreseeable business prospects.
Benefits for LogicVision Stockholders
We note that LogicVision’s previously announced aggressive projections for its current fiscal year appear to be wholly unachievable in light of the downturn in the semiconductor industry and also the rapidly deteriorating macroeconomic environment. In addition, the dramatic decline in LogicVision’s stock price during the previous twelve months has meant a 76% decline to your stockholders in the value of their shares during this same period. We believe your stockholders are aware of, and fully appreciate the risks and challenges confronting LogicVision in the current industry and economic environment and will find the cash value we are offering for their shares to be an attractive alternative to the otherwise uncertain future facing LogicVision.
Virage supplies a broad line of semiconductor IP solutions to the global semiconductor industry and our mission is to serve as the semiconductor industry’s trusted IP partner. We have a proven reputation as a highly specialized and efficient developer of semiconductor IP, and today more than 350 customers look to Virage to provide much of the core building blocks of their System-on-Chip designs. We believe an acquisition of LogicVision’s business would bring valuable synergies to Virage’s existing business and product lines. We also believe that LogicVision’s existing customers and business partners would benefit from the more complete and diversified product offerings from our combined companies and from a company with Virage’s strong financial position and future.
We have invested considerable time and resources in evaluating the prospective benefits and risks of this transaction and are confident that it could be consummated expeditiously in cooperative partnership with your team. Although we have completed preliminary due diligence based on publicly available information, our proposal is of course subject to the completion of customary due diligence, as well as the negotiation of definitive transaction agreements and the satisfaction of necessary approvals and customary conditions to closing of a transaction to be set forth in such agreements. We together with our advisors would be available to meet with you as soon as arrangements can be made to discuss the terms of this proposal and to commence due diligence and the negotiation of definitive documentation for the transaction. Considering the premium we are offering to LogicVision’s recent trading price and other compelling benefits of this proposal, we are confident that, given the opportunity, LogicVision’s stockholders and customers would be in favor of this offer and the proposed transaction. In light of the foregoing, we ask that you move quickly to engage with us in a meaningful and productive discussion. We look forward to your prompt response.
About Virage Logic
Virage Logic is a leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for the design of complex integrated circuits. The company’s highly differentiated product portfolio includes embedded SRAMs, embedded NVMs, embedded test and repair, logic libraries, memory development software, and DDR memory controller subsystems. As the industry’s trusted semiconductor IP partner, foundries, IDMs and fabless customers rely on Virage Logic to achieve higher performance, lower power, higher density and optimal yield, as well as shorten time-to-market and time-to-volume.