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Philips launches hostile bid for VLSI

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Philips launches hostile bid for VLSI

Philips Electronics NV has launched a $777 million hostile bid for VLSI Technology Inc.

Philips cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of VLSI at $17.00 each was followed immediately by a lawsuit, in which Philips sued VLSI to prevent it from using a so-called poison pill defense. Such a defensive action is aimed at preventing a hostile takeover by making it prohibitively expensive.

The tender offer is currently valid until midnight EST on April 1, 1999.

Shares of VLSI closed on Friday at $18.31. News about Philips is available at http://www.news.philips.com.

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