PORTLAND, Ore. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 13, 2017 — Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced the termination of the acquisition by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, LLC (“Canyon Bridge”) of Lattice Semiconductor following an order from the President of the United States.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) referred the transaction with Canyon Bridge to the U.S. President for a decision, having been unable to come to an agreement with the parties on mitigation measures. After consideration, the President prohibited the proposed transaction on the recommendation of CFIUS in an executive order dated September 13, 2017.
“The transaction with Canyon Bridge was in the best interests of our shareholders, our customers, our employees and the United States. We also believe our CFIUS mitigation proposal was the single most comprehensive mitigation proposal ever proposed for a foreign transaction in the semiconductor industry and would have maximized United States national security protection while still enabling Lattice to accept Canyon Bridge’s investment and double American jobs. While it is disappointing that we were not able to prevail, the Board and I would like to thank Canyon Bridge for their support during this time.” said Darin G. Billerbeck, CEO of Lattice Semiconductor.
“We will continue to focus on initiatives that will contribute to Lattice’s long term success, specifically in areas where our affordable, low power, small form factor devices create advantages. Additionally, we remain committed to achieving profitable growth by extending processing and connectivity solutions beyond our core business. Lattice’s future remains bright.”
The full text of the order is accessible under: [ https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions].
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In addition to the foregoing, other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this press release include disruptions of our business arising from the termination of our proposed acquisition by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, Inc., global economic uncertainty, overall semiconductor market conditions, market acceptance and demand for our new products, the Company's dependencies on its silicon wafer suppliers, the impact of competitive products and pricing, technological and product development risks, the failure to achieve the anticipated benefits and synergies of the Silicon Image transaction. In addition, actual results are subject to other risks and uncertainties that relate more broadly to our overall business, including those risks more fully described in Lattice’s filings with the SEC including its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, and Lattice’s quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q.
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