Exar Completes Divestiture of iML Subsidiary to Beijing E-Town Chipone

FREMONT, Calif., Nov. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Exar Corporation (NYSE: EXAR) a leading supplier of analog mixed-signal application specific technology solutions serving the Industrial, Infrastructure, Automotive, and Audio/Video markets, today announced that it has closed the previously announced sale of its Integrated Memory Logic Limited (iML) subsidiary to Beijing E-Town Chipone Technology Co., Ltd. ("E-Town Chipone"), a consortium comprised of Beijing-based IC design and solutions manufacturer Chipone Technology Co., Ltd ("Chipone") and its financial partner Beijing E-Town International Investment & Development Co., Ltd. ("E-Town Capital").  The purchase price for the transaction before adjustments and holdbacks was $136.0 million, net of cash transferred.  The consideration paid at closing was $144.5 million.  This amount included $15.0 million for cash transferred, was net of $1.5 million in purchase price adjustments for fluctuations in working capital, and excluded $5.0 million which is being held in escrow subject to customary adjustments after closing.

"We are pleased to have completed the divestiture of iML.  This transaction marks an important milestone with regard to our strategy of focusing on our core competencies, and it bolsters our balance sheet as well," said Ryan A. Benton, Exar Chief Executive Officer.  "I would like to thank all of the employees of iML for their continued dedication and tireless commitment to supporting the business.  As Exar moves forward, we are excited about our ability to continue to deliver our core analog and mixed-signal products as well as enhanced value for shareholders."

Cowen and Company, LLC served as financial advisor and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP served as legal counsel to Exar. 

About Exar
Exar's mission is to leverage our extensive analog and mixed-signal portfolio, experience and IP to deliver leading-edge application specific technology solutions to target markets where operational excellence and reliability are valued.  We service the Industrial, Infrastructure, Automotive, and Audio/Video markets by acting as an extension of the customer's own technology organization and singularly focusing on exceeding customer expectations. For more information, visit http://www.exar.com.

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Investor Relations Contacts: 

Press Contacts:

Keith Tainsky, CFO

Andrea Vedanayagam

Phone: (510) 668-7201

Veda Communications

Email: investorrelations@exar.com



Laura Guerrant-Oiye, Investor Relations

Guerrant Associates

Bob Jones/Derek Rye

Phone: (510) 668-7201

North America: 408-786-5151

Email: laura.guerrant@exar.com 

Europe: +44 1225 470000



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