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The following was posted to the following forums and Facebook user groups by Jeff Rosica, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avid Technology, Inc., on August 25, 2023:
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After the major announcement that Avid made with STG on August 9th, I have personally wanted to say much more—but being a publicly traded company that must follow very clear SEC guidelines, we have a limit on what we can say at this point in the process. #GottaListenToTheLawyers 😊
What I can say is that it’s an exciting new chapter ahead for Avid, and I’m looking forward to us sharing more once we’re able to. Until then, I do invite everyone to read any of the following communications that I put out and the company made public right after the announcement (links are embedded below). They say quite a bit…
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I will also say that we/I do monitor and read a lot of the commentary being posted on social media and in the various community forums, and I really feel that much of the speculation out there seems quite a bit off base and not aligned to the truths or facts as I know them. For now, I will just leave it at that.
Avid is good company with good products and is made up of a lot of really good, talented people who are passionate about what we do and care very deeply about our community—and who work hard every day in striving to help meet the many continuing demands and needs of our customers and users across the globe. I hope that those posting and/or commenting will remember this.
Most importantly, irrespective of this big news, all of us on #TeamAvid remain hyper focused on serving our customers and users. Simply… it’s business as usual for us. And stay tuned for some cool innovations and product announcements that are coming in the weeks and months ahead!
With my best,
CEO & President
Additional Information about the Proposed Transaction and Where to Find It
This communication is being made in respect of the proposed transaction involving Avid Technology, Inc. (the “Company”), Artisan Bidco, Inc. (“Parent”) and Artisan Merger Sub, Inc., whereby the Company would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent. This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval. The proposed transaction will be submitted to the stockholders of the Company for their consideration at a special meeting of the stockholders. In connection therewith, the Company intends to file a proxy statement and other relevant materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A, which will be mailed or otherwise disseminated to the stockholders of the Company as of the record date established for voting on the proposed transaction. The Company may also file other relevant documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT REGARDING THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the definitive proxy statement, any amendments or supplements thereto and other documents containing important information about the Company, once such documents are filed with the SEC, through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, stockholders of the Company may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by directing a request through the Investor Relations portion of the Company’s website at www.avid.com or by mail to Avid Technology, Inc., 75 Blue Sky Drive, Burlington, MA 01803, Attention: Whit Rappole, Investor Relations.
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