BURLINGTON, Massachusetts, June 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Attunity Ltd. (NASDAQ CM: ATTU), a leading provider of Big Data management software solutions, announced today that its Board of Directors has adopted a Shareholder Bonus Rights Plan (the "Plan"). The Plan is similar to plans adopted by many other public companies and is intended to ensure that all of Attunity's shareholders are treated fairly and equitably in the event of an unsolicited takeover attempt and to encourage any potential acquirer to negotiate with the Board of Directors. The Plan was not adopted in response to any specific takeover offer.
Shimon Alon, Chairman and CEO of Attunity, said "The Board adopted the rights plan in order to protect the interests of shareholders. The rights plan does not prevent the Board from considering or accepting an offer to acquire the Company if the Board believes it is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. Rather, the rights plan is designed to guard against undervalued unsolicited transactions, inadequate partial tender offers and other abusive tactics. To clarify, the rights plan is not in response to any particular takeover attempt, however we believe that current market conditions, including the volatility of our share price in the past several months, warrant the adoption of such a plan."
Pursuant to the Plan, the share purchase bonus rights (the "Rights") will be distributed at the rate of one Right for each of the Company's ordinary shares held by shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 17, 2016. The Rights will be exercisable and transferable apart from the Company's ordinary shares only if a person or group becomes an "Acquiring Person" by acquiring beneficial ownership (including through derivative securities) of 11% or more of the Company's ordinary shares, subject to certain exceptions set forth in the Plan, or commences a tender or exchange offer upon consummation of which such person or group would become an Acquiring Person. Until the Rights become exercisable, each Right initially will represent the right to buy one-half of one ordinary share of the Company for $70 per share. Subject to certain conditions described in the Plan, once the Rights become exercisable, the holders of Rights, other than the Acquiring Person, will be entitled, for a price of $70, to purchase ordinary shares having a market price of $140 (two times the $70 exercise price), or, in other words, at one-half of the market price per share.
The Rights will expire on June 30, 2017 and are generally redeemable by the Board of Directors, at $0.001 per Right, at any time until the tenth business day following public disclosure that a person or group has become an Acquiring Person. Shareholders are not required to take any actions to receive the Rights distribution. Until the Rights become exercisable, outstanding share certificates will represent both ordinary shares of the Company and the Rights.
Goldfarb Seligman & Co. is serving as legal advisor to Attunity.
Additional details about the Shareholder Bonus Rights Plan will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on a Form 6-K.
Attunity is a leading provider of Big Data management software solutions that enable access, management, sharing and distribution of data across heterogeneous enterprise platforms, organizations, and the cloud. Our software solutions include data replication and distribution, test data management, data connectivity, enterprise file replication (EFR), managed file transfer (MFT), data warehouse automation, data usage analytics, and cloud data delivery.
Attunity has supplied innovative software solutions to its enterprise-class customers for over 20 years and has successful deployments at thousands of organizations worldwide. Attunity provides software directly and indirectly through a number of partners such as Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Headquartered in Boston, Attunity serves its customers via offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific and through a network of local partners. For more information, visit http://www.attunity.com or our blog and join our community on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
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