Phoenix Announces Revised Merger Agreement with Marlin Equity Partners for Increased Consideration of $4.20 per Share in Cash

MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC), the global leader in core systems software (CSS), today announced it has executed an amendment to the definitive merger agreement previously entered into by the Company with affiliates of Marlin Equity Partners ("Marlin") on August 17, 2010, and amended on October 21, 2010.  Under the terms of the amended merger agreement, which Marlin proposed to Phoenix following the receipt by Phoenix of a definitive acquisition proposal from the Gores Group on November 1, 2010, Marlin matched Gores' offered price and will acquire all outstanding shares of Phoenix common stock for $4.20 per share in cash (the "Amended Marlin Agreement"), or approximately $152 million in total consideration. The consideration under the original merger agreement was $3.85 per share in cash, or approximately $139 million in total consideration.  

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The new purchase price represents a premium of approximately 39.1% over Phoenix's closing share price of $3.02 on August 17, 2010, the last trading day prior to the public announcement of Marlin's proposal to acquire Phoenix, and a premium of approximately 36.5% over Phoenix's average closing share price for the 30 trading days ending on August 17, 2010.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of Phoenix's stockholders. The stockholder meeting to approve the merger that is currently scheduled to be held on November 5, 2010 will be delayed for approximately 14 days from that date.  There continues to be no financing condition to the transaction.  

About Marlin Equity Partners

Marlin Equity Partners is a Los Angeles-based private investment firm with over $1 billion of capital under management. The firm is focused on providing corporate parents, shareholders and other stakeholders with tailored solutions that meet their business and liquidity needs. Marlin invests in businesses across multiple industries that are in the process of undergoing operational, financial or market-driven change where Marlin's capital, industry relationships and extensive operational capabilities significantly strengthens a company's outlook and enhances value. Since its inception, Marlin, through its group of funds and related companies, has successfully completed over 35 acquisitions. For more information, please visit www.marlinequity.com.

About Phoenix Technologies Ltd.

Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC), the leader in core systems software products, services and embedded technologies, pioneers open standards and delivers innovative solutions that enable the PC industry's top system builders and specifiers to differentiate their systems, reduce time-to-market and increase their revenues. The Company's flagship products – Phoenix SecureCore Tiano™ and Embedded BIOS® -- are revolutionizing the PC user experience by delivering unprecedented performance, security, reliability, continuity, and ease-of-use. The Company established industry leadership and created the PC clone industry with its original BIOS product in 1983. Phoenix has over 200 technology patents issued and pending, and has shipped firmware in over one billion systems. Phoenix is headquartered in Milpitas, California with offices worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.com.

Phoenix, Phoenix Technologies, Phoenix SecureCore Tiano, Embedded BIOS and the Phoenix Technologies logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Phoenix Technologies Ltd.  All other marks are the marks of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements about Phoenix that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could affect the timing and results of stockholder approval of the Marlin merger agreement and the closing of the merger contemplated under the Marlin merger agreement; the outcome of any legal proceedings that have or may be instituted against the Company; the risk that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations; and other risks that are set forth in the "Risk Factors" and other sections of Phoenix's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of the factors that will determine the outcome of the merger are beyond Phoenix's ability to control or predict. Phoenix undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed transaction and the special meeting of Phoenix stockholders to approve the transaction, Phoenix has filed a definitive proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 22, 2010 and a supplement to the definitive proxy statement on October 26, 2010 and will file one or more supplements to the definitive proxy statement (as supplemented, the "Proxy Statement").  INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER FILED DOCUMENTS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the Proxy Statement and other documents filed by Phoenix at the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov.  The Proxy Statement and other relevant documents may also be obtained for free from Phoenix by directing such request to Phoenix Technologies Ltd., c/o Investor Relations, 915 Murphy Ranch Rd., Milpitas, CA, telephone: (408) 570-1000.

Phoenix and its directors, executive officers and certain other members of its management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from its stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Certain information regarding the interests of such directors and executive officers is included in the Phoenix Proxy Statement for its 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 30, 2009, and information concerning all of the Phoenix participants in the solicitation are included in the Proxy Statement.  Each of these documents is, or will be, available free of charge at the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov and from Phoenix Technologies Ltd., c/o Investor Relations, 915 Murphy Ranch Rd., Milpitas, CA, telephone: (408) 570-1000.

Contacts:

Phoenix Technologies Ltd.

Robert Andersen

Chief Financial Officer

Tel: 408-570-1000



SOURCE Phoenix Technologies Ltd.



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