Friday, August 15, 2008

Cadence Withdraws Bid for Mentor

Today Cadence announced that is has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Mentor Graphics for $1.6 billion, citing a revised outlook given the present economic climate and Mentor's failure to engage in substantive discussions. At the same time, the company announced the authorization of a stock repurchase of $500 million subject to market conditions.

Mentor responded to the announcement, saying that Cadence's claims were inconsitent with Cadence's previous public statments and discussions with Mentor, that it believed Cadence was facing challenges in obtaining financing, and that the FTC's actions indicated that the proposed transaction would be protracted.