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Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed merger of CommScope, Inc. (the Company) with Cedar I Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cedar I Holding Company, Inc., the Company filed a preliminary proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on November 12, 2010. When completed, a definitive proxy statement and a form of proxy will be mailed to the stockholders of the Company. THE COMPANYS SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PRELIMINARY PROXY STATEMENT AND, WHEN AVAILABLE, THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. The Companys stockholders will be able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the preliminary proxy statement, the definitive proxy statement (when available) and other relevant documents filed with the SEC from the SECs website at http://www.sec.gov. The Companys stockholders will also be able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the preliminary proxy statement, the definitive proxy statement (when available) and other relevant documents (when available) by directing a request by mail or telephone to CommScope, Inc., Attn: Secretary, 1100 CommScope Place SE, Hickory, North Carolina 28602, telephone: (828) 324-2200, or from the Companys website, http://www.commscope.com.
The Company and its directors and officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Companys stockholders with respect to the proposed merger. Information about the Companys directors and executive officers and their ownership of the Companys common stock is set forth in the proxy statement for the Companys Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 19, 2010. Stockholders may obtain additional information regarding the interests of the Company and its directors and executive officers in the proposed merger, which may be different than those of the Companys stockholders generally, by reading the preliminary proxy statement filed with the SEC on November 12, 2010, the definitive proxy statement (when available) and other relevant documents regarding the proposed merger, when filed with the SEC.
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements in this Schedule 14A that are other than historical facts are intended to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other related laws and include but are not limited to those statements relating to our announced transaction with The Carlyle Group, business position, plans, outlook, revenues, earnings, margins and other financial items, restructuring plans, sales and earnings expectations, expected demand, cost and availability of key raw materials, internal and external production capacity and expansion, competitive pricing and relative market position. While the Company believes such statements are reasonable, the actual results and effects could differ materially from those currently anticipated. These forward-looking statements are identified by the use of certain terms and phrases including but not limited to expect, believe, intend, goal, estimate, project, plans, anticipate, designed to, confident, think, scheduled, outlook, guidance, foreseeable future and similar expressions.
These statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, including, without limitation, uncertainties as to the timing of the proposed merger with Cedar I Merger Sub, Inc.; the possibility that competing offers will be made; the possibility that various closing conditions for the transaction may not be satisfied or waived, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the transaction; continued global economic weakness and uncertainties and disruption in the credit and financial markets; changes in cost and availability of key raw materials and the potential effect on customer pricing; delays or challenges related to removing, transporting or reinstalling equipment; the ability to retain qualified employees; customer demand for our products and the ability to maintain existing business alliances with key customers or distributors; competitive pricing and acceptance of products; industry competition and the ability to retain customers through product innovation; concentration of sales among a limited number of customers or distributors; customer bankruptcy; the risk that internal production capacity and that of contract manufacturers may be insufficient to meet customer demand or quality standards for our products; the risk that customers might
cancel orders placed or that orders currently placed may affect order levels in the future; continuing consolidation among customers; possible production disruption due to supplier or contract manufacturer bankruptcy, reorganization or restructuring; successful ongoing operation of our vertical integration activities; the possibility of further restructuring actions; possible future impairment charges for fixed or intangible assets, including goodwill; increased obligations under employee benefit plans; significant international operations and the impact of variability in foreign exchange rates; ability to fully realize anticipated benefits from prior or future acquisitions or equity investments; substantial indebtedness and maintaining compliance with debt covenants; capital structure changes; income tax rate variability and ability to recover amounts recorded as value added tax receivables; changes in tax laws or regulations; product performance issues and associated warranty claims; ability to successfully implement major systems initiatives; realignment of global manufacturing capacity; cost of protecting or defending intellectual property; ability to obtain capital on commercially reasonable terms; adequacy and availability of insurance; costs and challenges of compliance with domestic and foreign environmental laws and the effects of climate change; fluctuations in interest rates; the ability to achieve expected sales growth and earnings goals; the outcome of pending and future litigations and proceedings; U.S. health care law changes; authoritative changes in generally accepted accounting principles by standard-setting bodies; political instability; regulatory changes affecting the Company or the industries it serves; and any statements of belief and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. These and other factors are discussed in greater detail in Part IItem 1A to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, Part IIItem 1A to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, and the preliminary proxy statement filed by the Company in connection with the proposed merger. The information contained in this Schedule 14A represents our best judgment at the date of this report based on information currently available. However, we are not undertaking any duty or obligation to update this information to reflect developments or information obtained after the date of this report.
This filing consists of a press release issued by the Company on November 16, 2010.
CommScope Granted Early Termination of HSR Waiting Period
For Merger Agreement with The Carlyle Group
HICKORY, NC, November 16, 2010CommScope, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has been informed that the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice have granted early termination of the waiting period under Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, in connection with the previously announced definitive merger agreement between CommScope and global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group.
Under terms of the merger agreement announced October 27, funds affiliated with The Carlyle Group will acquire all outstanding shares of CommScope common stock for $31.50 per share in cash. The transaction remains subject to antitrust clearance in certain foreign jurisdictions and approval of CommScope stockholders, as well as other customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.
CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV; www.commscope.com) provides essential infrastructure that makes communication possible. We empower people to connect and communicate seamlessly where, when, and how they choose. Our solutions and services for wired and wireless networks enable high-bandwidth data, video, and voice applications everywhere at home, at work, and on the go. Through every wave of technology, CommScope helps the world connect and evolve. Backed by numerous respected brands such as Andrew®, SYSTIMAX® and Uniprise®, CommScope supports customers in more than 100 countries around the world through its focus on integrity, ethics, quality and technical innovation.
About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager with $90.9 billion of assets under management committed to 66 funds as of June 30, 2010. Carlyle invests across three asset classes private equity, real estate and credit alternatives in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America focusing on aerospace & defense, automotive & transportation, consumer & retail, energy & power, financial services, healthcare, industrial, infrastructure, technology & business services and telecommunications & media. Since 1987, the firm has invested $61.2 billion of equity in 983 transactions. The Carlyle Group employs more than 880 people in 19 countries. In the aggregate, Carlyle portfolio companies have more than $84 billion in revenue and employ more than 398,000 people around the world. More information is available at www.carlyle.com, www.carlylegroupcreatesvalue.com, and www.youtube.com/OneCarlyle.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based on information currently available to management, managements beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently expected. For a more detailed description of the factors that could cause such a difference, please see CommScopes filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In providing forward-looking statements, the company does not intend, and is not undertaking any obligation or duty, to update these statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed merger, CommScope, Inc. (the Company) will prepare a proxy statement to be filed with the SEC. When completed, a definitive proxy statement and a form of proxy will be mailed to the stockholders of the Company. THE COMPANYS SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. The Companys stockholders will be able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the proxy statement (when available) and other relevant documents filed with the SEC from the SECs website at http://www.sec.gov. The Companys stockholders will also be able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the proxy statement and other relevant documents (when available) by directing a request by mail or telephone to CommScope, Inc., Attn: Secretary, 1100 CommScope Place SE, Hickory, North Carolina 28602, telephone: (828) 324-2200, or from the Companys website, http://www.commscope.com.
The Company and its directors and officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Companys stockholders with respect to the proposed merger. Information about the Companys directors and executive officers and their ownership of the Companys common stock is set forth in the proxy statement for the Companys 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 19, 2010. Stockholders may obtain additional information regarding the interests of the Company and its directors and executive officers in the proposed merger, which may be different than those of the Companys stockholders generally, by reading the proxy statement and other relevant documents regarding the proposed merger, when filed with the SEC.
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