SOURCE: Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.

Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.

August 10, 2009 07:30 ET

Mindspeed® Adopts Rights Agreement Designed to Help Preserve the Value of Net Operating Losses

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - August 10, 2009) - Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, today announced that its Board of Directors has adopted a Section 382 stockholder rights agreement (the "Rights Agreement") that is designed to help preserve Mindspeed's ability to utilize fully certain tax assets primarily associated with net operating loss carryforwards ("NOLs") under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code ("Section 382"). The Rights Agreement is effective immediately.

As of October 3, 2008, Mindspeed reported an NOL of approximately $630 million. This NOL has been accrued over the last 10 years, with over $400 million of it accrued in 2003 and prior years. If Mindspeed experiences an "ownership change," as defined in Section 382, its ability to use its NOLs will be significantly limited, and the timing of the usage of the NOLs could be significantly limited, which could therefore significantly impair the value of that asset. Under Section 382 an "ownership change" would occur if stockholders owning (or deemed under Section 382 to own) 5 percent or more of Mindspeed's stock by value increase their collective ownership of the aggregate amount of Mindspeed's stock by more than 50 percentage points over a defined period of time.

The Rights Agreement was adopted to help reduce the likelihood of an "ownership change" and to help preserve the ability to utilize fully Mindspeed's NOLs to reduce potential future federal income tax obligations.

In connection with the Rights Agreement, Mindspeed has declared a dividend of one right for each share of its common stock outstanding as of the close of business on August 31, 2009. Any stockholder or group that acquires beneficial ownership of 4.9 percent or more of Mindspeed's outstanding stock (an "Acquiring Person") without the approval of Mindspeed's Board of Directors would be subjected to significant dilution of its holdings. Any stockholder that beneficially owns 4.9 percent or more of Mindspeed's stock as of August 9, 2009, the date the Rights Agreement was adopted, will not be considered an Acquiring Person unless such stockholder acquires additional Mindspeed stock constituting one-half of one percent (0.5 percent) of Mindspeed's stock. In addition, in its discretion, the Board of Directors may exempt certain persons whose acquisition of securities is determined by the Board not to jeopardize Mindspeed's NOLs and may also exempt certain transactions.

The Rights Agreement was not adopted as an anti-takeover measure. The Rights Agreement will continue in effect until August 9, 2012, unless it is terminated or redeemed earlier by the Board of Directors. The Rights Agreement does not amend, modify or supersede Mindspeed's existing stockholder rights agreement that was adopted in 2003.

Additional information regarding the Rights Agreement will be contained in a Current Report on Form 8-K and a Registration Statement on Form 8-A that Mindspeed is filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). These filings will be available on the SEC's Web site at These filings will contain additional information regarding the terms and conditions of the Rights Agreement. In addition, a detailed summary of the Rights Agreement will be mailed, or otherwise made available, to Mindspeed stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 31, 2009.

About Mindspeed Technologies®

Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. designs, develops and sells semiconductor networking solutions for communications applications in enterprise, access, metropolitan and wide-area networks. The company's three key product families include high-performance analog transmission and switching solutions, multiservice access voice-over-IP processors designed to support voice and data services across wireline and wireless networks and WAN communication products such as T/E carrier transmission devices and ATM/MPLS network processors. Mindspeed's products are used in a wide variety of network infrastructure equipment, including voice and media gateways, high-speed routers, switches, access multiplexers, cross-connect systems, add-drop multiplexers and digital loop carrier equipment. To learn more, visit us at

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Andrea Williams
    Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
    (949) 579-3111