Combines high-performance interconnect solutions with leading silicon photonics technology to enable next generations of 100Gb/s speeds and beyond
SUNNYVALE, CA. and YOKNEAM, ISRAEL – May 15, 2013 – Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX; TASE: MLNX), a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, announced its intent to acquire privately held Kotura, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of advanced silicon photonics optical interconnect technology for high-speed networking applications. Mellanox and Kotura have signed a definitive agreement under which Mellanox will acquire Kotura at a total cash purchase price of approximately $82 million subject to certain adjustments. The terms of the transaction have been unanimously approved by both the Mellanox and Kotura boards of directors.
The transaction is currently projected to close in the second half of 2013, subject to the completion of certain closing conditions. Mellanox currently expects the transaction to be accretive to its full fiscal year 2014 earnings by approximately $0.01 to $0.03 per share on a non-GAAP basis. The acquisition is expected to expand Mellanox’s ability to deliver cost-effective, high-speed networks with next generation optical connectivity, allowing data center customers to meet the growing demands of high-performance, Web 2.0, cloud, data center, database, financial services and storage applications. Mellanox believes that the Kotura acquisition will enhance its ability to provide leading technologies for high speed, scalable and efficient end-to-end interconnect solutions.
Silicon photonics is expected to play a significant role in the enablement of high-speed networks. With world class expertise and over 120 granted or pending patents in CMOS photonics and packaging design, Kotura has made a number of ground breaking innovations in optical interconnects by integrating multiple high speed active and passive optical functions onto a silicon chip. Kotura’s technology will enable Mellanox’s interconnect products to reach 100Gb/s and beyond bandwidth, and have longer reach optical connectivity at a lower cost, allowing users to further reduce their capital and operating expenses and offer new revenue-generating services.
Mellanox expects the proposed acquisition of Kotura to enhance its competiveness and its position as a leading provider of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems.
Mellanox expects to establish its first R&D center in the United States at Kotura’s current location. Further, Mellanox intends to retain Kotura’s existing product lines to ensure continuity for customers and partners.
“Operating networks at 100 Gigabit per second rates and higher requires careful integration between all parts of the network. We believe that silicon photonics is an important component in the development of 100 Gigabit InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions, and that owning and controlling the technology will allow us to develop the best, most reliable solution for our customers,” said Eyal Waldman, president, CEO and chairman of Mellanox Technologies. “We expect that the proposed acquisition of Kotura’s technology and the additional development team will better position us to produce 100Gb/s and faster interconnect solutions with higher-density optical connectivity at a lower cost. We welcome the great talent from Kotura and look forward to their contribution to Mellanox’s continued growth.”
“This acquisition is important for both companies to enable interconnect innovation for data centers that require solutions that move data faster and more efficiently. Together, we can execute faster and deliver better solutions based on Kotura’s silicon photonics platform that delivers the demands of 100Gb/s interconnects and beyond,” said Jean-Louis Malinge, president and CEO of Kotura, Inc. “We are delighted to join the Mellanox team and look forward to working together to propel the combined company’s further growth.”
The proposed acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and the approval of Kotura’s shareholders.
In connection with the transaction, J.P. Morgan acted as exclusive financial adviser to Mellanox, and Mooreland Partners acted as exclusive financial adviser to Kotura.
Mellanox and Kotura will jointly conduct a conference call to discuss Mellanox's agreement to acquire Kotura today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To listen to the call, dial +1-785-424-1826 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.
About Kotura, Inc.
Kotura, Inc. is an established innovator in silicon photonics. Founded in 2004, Kotura’s singular focus is on the application of silicon photonics to solve unique communications problems through a technology platform that adheres to four key attributes: small footprint, power efficiency, high performance and affordability. Kotura has earned a track record of reliability and credibility through business processes that center on operational excellence. The company’s low-power, 100 gigabits per second (Gb/s) Optical Engine is designed to support the interconnect fabric for next generation data centers and high performance computers. For more information, please visit www.kotura.com
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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