I hereby offer to have one or more of my affiliated entities purchase Mentor Graphics in a transaction, the form of which will be determined, designed to yield its shareholders $17 per share net in cash. That price represents an approximate premium of about 40% above the price at the beginning of January 2011. This offer is conditioned on completion of cursory due diligence, and the redemption and waiver of anti-takeover devices and laws such as the poison pill. There will be no financing conditions. Furthermore, we will not insist upon providing for a break-up fee in the transaction so as not to provide a roadblock to others who may want to consider bidding higher than our bid. As we have told you, we believe that there are potential strategic bidders for Mentor Graphics whose bid will reflect inherent synergies and should be superior to our $17 offer. However, in any event, we believe that our fellow shareholders should have the opportunity to accept our offer or a higher one, if one emerges as we think it will.Over the past few quarters, Icahn built a sizeable position in this stock and the trade by itself has been very profitable.
By extending the offer to Mentor Graphics, Icahn also opens door for selling his own shares to higher bidders.
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My name is Ben C. and I am 2nd year MBA candidate at the Anderson School of Business at the University of California- Los Angeles. I have a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Anderson I worked as a generalist equity research analyst for Right Wall Capital, a long-short equity hedge fund located in New York City. Prior to working at Right Wall I worked as an analyst at Blue Ram Capital, another long-short equity hedge fund located in Rye Brook, NY. This past summer, I worked for West Coast Asset Management as a research analyst. West Coast, which was co-founded by Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea, is run by well-known value investors Lance Helfert and Atticus Lowe.