Semtech Corporation, a high-performance semiconductor, IoT systems and Cloud connectivity service provider, today announced that it has entered into a Cooperation Agreement with Lion Point Capital, LP, an investment firm and one of the Company’s largest stockholders, with beneficial ownership of approximately 4% of Semtech’s outstanding shares of common stock.
Under the terms of the Cooperation Agreement, Semtech and Lion Point will confer with one another on the appointment of two independent directors to Semtech’s Board of Directors (the “Board”), ultimately to be selected by Lion Point after receiving the views of Semtech. The new directors will be appointed within 30 days of entering into the Cooperation Agreement, at which point the Board will be expanded from 10 to 12 directors. The two new independent directors and eight current Semtech directors will stand for election to the Board at the Company’s 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2023 Annual Meeting”), which has not yet been scheduled. In addition, the Company will commence a search and confer with Lion Point on the appointment of two additional independent directors, ultimately to be selected by the Company after receiving the views of Lion Point. If one or both of those directors are selected prior to the 2023 Annual Meeting, they would also stand for election at that meeting.
“We are pleased with the constructive dialogue we’ve had with Lion Point, and we look forward to welcoming two new independent directors to our Board soon,” said Rockell N. Hankin, Chairman of the Semtech Board of Directors. “Our Board, which includes a broad range of skills and experience, as well as semiconductor expertise, regularly evaluates opportunities for refreshment and looks forward to benefiting from fresh perspectives to drive our business forward. As always, Semtech remains focused on the execution of our strategy as we continue to build on our outstanding platform for innovation and profitable growth.”
“Semtech is a leading semiconductor and wireless franchise with significant upside potential, which we believe can be unlocked,” said Cristiano Amoruso, Partner at Lion Point Capital. “Through this agreement, we believe the Board will be strengthened with new, highly qualified independent directors who will help position the Company for long-term success. We appreciate the constructive partnership with the Board and management, and we are aligned in our objective to create value for all Semtech stockholders.”
Pursuant to the Cooperation Agreement, Lion Point has agreed to customary standstill, voting, and other provisions. The full text of the Cooperation Agreement between Semtech and Lion Point will be filed on Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Semtech, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal advisor to Semtech. Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP is serving as legal counsel to Lion Point.