Gateway to Exercise Right of First Refusal to Acquire Control of Packard Bell BV; Also In Discussions to Sell Professional Business Segment

Aug 27, 2007, 01:00 ET from Gateway, Inc.

    IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gateway, Inc. (NYSE:  
 GTW) today announced that it intends to exercise its right of first refusal
 to acquire from Lap Shun (John) Hui, all of the shares of PB Holding
 Company,, the parent company for Packard Bell BV, a leading European
 PC vendor based in Paris. Mr. Hui sold the privately-held eMachines, Inc.
 to Gateway in March 2004.
     Gateway acquired the right of first refusal as part of a June 2006
 agreement with Mr. Hui that waived certain non-compete arrangements in
 connection with his purchase of Packard Bell BV. Pursuant to the right of
 first refusal, Gateway received a notice from Mr. Hui offering to sell all
 of the shares of PB Holding Company,, to Gateway at a price based on
 an offer received by Mr. Hui from a third party.
     Gateway also disclosed that it is in discussions to sell its U.S.-based
 Professional business to a third party. Gateway's Professional business is
 focused primarily on education, government and business customers.
     The acquisition of Packard Bell BV and the sale of the Professional
 business, if completed, are consistent with Gateway's strategy to focus
 resources on growing its overall consumer business, both in the U.S. and
     No additional details are being provided at this time.
     About Gateway
     Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway (NYSE:   GTW)
 has been a technology pioneer, offering award-winning PCs and related
 products to consumers, businesses, government agencies and schools. Gateway
 is the fourth largest PC company in the U.S. and among the top ten
 worldwide. The company's value-based eMachines brand is sold exclusively by
 leading retailers worldwide, while the premium Gateway line is available at
 major retailers, over the web and phone, and through its direct and
 indirect sales force. See for more information.
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