Israel Corporation Has Elected to Convert All of Its TowerJazz Capital Notes
into Ordinary Shares
Israel Corporation Stated It Has No Intention to Trade or Sell the Ordinary
Shares and Will Hold Them as a Long-Term Strategic Investment
MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel -- March 25, 2013
TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, today announced that the
Israel Corporation, its major shareholder, has elected to convert all its
capital notes into approximately 13.7 million ordinary shares of the Company.
IC stated in its recent annual report filed on March 21, 2013 that it has no
intention to trade or sell the ordinary shares it holds, totaling
approximately 39% of the Company's ordinary shares.
Nir Gilad, Israel Corporation CEO, stated: "The conversion of our capital
notes into shares is in line with our long term investment in TowerJazz, our
belief in TowerJazz's strategy and our wish to become a major shareholder with
39% strategic ownership. As we stated in our financial statements, we have no
intention to sell or trade these shares."
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM)(TASE: TSEM), its fully owned U.S.
subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor Ltd., and its fully owned Japanese subsidiary
TowerJazz Japan, Ltd., operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz,
the global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz manufactures integrated
circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13-micron, offering a broad
range of customizable process technologies including: SiGe, BiCMOS,
Mixed-Signal and RFCMOS, CMOS Image Sensor, Power Management (BCD), and
Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) as well as CMOS and MEMS capabilities. TowerJazz
also offers a world-class design enablement platform that complements its
sophisticated technology and enables a quick and accurate design cycle. In
addition, TowerJazz provides (TOPS) Technology Optimization Process Services
to IDMs as well as fabless companies that need to expand capacity, or progress
from an R&D line to a production line. To provide multi-fab sourcing,
TowerJazz maintains two manufacturing facilities in Israel, one in the U.S.,
and one in Japan with additional capacity available in China through
manufacturing partnerships. For more information, please visit
Safe Harbor Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to
risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary from those projected or
implied by such forward-looking statements. A complete discussion of risks and
uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements
included in this press release or which may otherwise affect TowerJazz’s
business is included under the heading "Risk Factors" in Tower’s most recent
filings on Forms 20-F, F-3, F-4 and 6-K, as were filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the Israel Securities Authority and Jazz’s
most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, as were filed with the SEC,
respectively. Tower and Jazz do not intend to update, and expressly disclaim
any obligation to update, the information contained in this release.
Company/Media Contact in US:
Lauri Julian, +1 949-435-8181
Investor Relations Contact:
Noit Levi, +972-4-604-7066
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