Microchip Technology and Micrel Announce the Completion of the Acquisition of Micrel by Microchip Technology

Expands Microchip's solutions for Industrial, Automotive and Communications Markets

CHANDLER, Ariz. and SAN JOSE, Calif.,  - Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ: MCRL) today announced that Microchip has completed its previously announced acquisition of Micrel. Shareholders of Micrel overwhelmingly approved the merger with 98.95% of the Micrel shares that voted in favor of the merger. As a result of the completion of the transaction, trading in Micrel common stock on the NASDAQ Stock Market will cease today.

"We are very pleased to have completed our acquisition of Micrel," said Steve Sanghi, President and CEO. "I welcome the Micrel employees into the Microchip family and look forward to building a combined organization that will bring the capabilities of both organizations to bear in the marketplace."

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Micrel shareholders were able to elect to receive the $14.00 per share purchase price in either cash or shares of Microchip common stock. Based on the results of the shareholder elections, Microchip will pay an aggregate of approximately $430 million in cash and issue an aggregate of 8,626,795 shares of its common stock to Micrel shareholders. The number of shares of Microchip common stock that a Micrel shareholder will receive is based on a conversion ratio of $14.00 divided by the average of the Microchip closing stock price for the ten most recent trading days ending on the second to last trading day prior to August 3, 2015, which is $42.888 per share.

About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.

About Micrel

Micrel, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide analog, Ethernet and high-bandwidth markets. Micrel's products include advanced mixed-signal, analog and power semiconductors, high-performance communication, clock management, MEMS-based clock oscillators and crystal-less clock generators, Ethernet switch and physical layer transceiver ICs. Micrel's headquarters are located in San Jose, California, with regional sales and support offices and advanced technology design centers situated throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit the Micrel website at www.micrel.com.


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