SOURCE: Vitesse Semiconductor

Vitesse Semiconductor

November 07, 2013 08:00 ET

Vitesse Strengthens Long-Term Working Capital With Loan Refinance

Improved Terms and Reduction in Convertible Debentures Provides Flexibility for Accelerating New Product Growth

CAMARILLO, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 7, 2013) - Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: VTSS), a leading provider of advanced IC solutions for Carrier and Enterprise networks, amended its senior secured loan agreement with Whitebox VSC Ltd. giving the Company rights of pre-payment, modifying interest rates and extending the maturity date to August 31, 2016. As part of the loan refinancing, the Company repurchased $13.7 million of convertible second lien debentures held by Whitebox, reducing the Company's total indebtedness. The new terms provide Vitesse with working capital to further fuel its new product growth strategy and supports increasing stockholder value.

"Vitesse is committed to managing our capital structure in order to achieve sustained profitability," said Chris Gardner, CEO of Vitesse. "This loan resolution provides us with the flexibility to use our cash to pre-pay our debt, enabling us to further de-leverage the Company. Greater cash flexibility allows Vitesse to make prudent near-term investments to amplify the market traction of our new and next-generation product portfolios thereby increasing stockholder value."

The loan amendment modifies the Company's Term A Loan in the principal amount of $7.9 million and Term B Loan in the principal amount of $9.3 million. Both Term A and Term B Loans now come due on August 31, 2016, and each bears interest in cash at 9.0% per annum payable quarterly in arrears. The Term B Loan remains convertible into Vitesse common stock at a price of $4.95 per share through October 30, 2014. The loan amendment also permits the Company to pre-pay the Term A and Term B Loans in whole or in part subject to the payment of a prepayment fee, and to pre-pay the Company's convertible second lien debentures prior to their maturity in October 2014.

The Company repurchased Whitebox's $13.7 million of debentures at a price of 107% of their principal amount. The repurchased debentures were convertible into approximately 3.0 million common shares. Following the repurchase, $32.8 million of convertible second lien debentures remain outstanding. The Company intends to opportunistically repurchase additional debentures ahead of their maturity.

The original loan agreement was entered into on August 23, 2007. Additional detail about the loan amendment and repurchase of debentures will be available in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Vitesse
Vitesse (NASDAQ: VTSS) designs a diverse portfolio of high-performance semiconductor solutions for Carrier and Enterprise networks worldwide. Vitesse products enable the fastest-growing network infrastructure markets including Mobile Access/IP Edge, Cloud Computing and SMB/SME Enterprise Networking. Visit www.vitesse.com or follow us on Twitter @VitesseSemi.

Vitesse is a registered trademark of Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective holders.

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