We're pleased that the court has entered the order approving the sale to Creative, said Craig McHugh, president of Creative Labs, Inc. Since Creative would not be able to recover significant damages given Aureal's bankruptcy, there was no upside in continuing this protracted litigation. As a result, we believe that this outcome is the best we could have expected. Without further distraction by the litigation, Creative's management will be able to focus on delivering the digital entertainment experience consumers are demanding.
As a result of the settlement of outstanding litigation with Aureal, Creative expects that a significant portion of the value of the cash and shares, as well as the associated costs, will be recorded as a pre-tax charge against previously announced fiscal 2000 earnings. Since the litigation was ongoing at June 30, 2000 and the settlement was reached after release of Creative's fiscal 2000 earnings, but before distribution of Creative's financial statements, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States require that this charge be reflected in Creative's fiscal 2000 financial statements. Creative is currently evaluating the assets to be acquired, and does not believe that the value of such assets to Creative will be significant. The value of such assets, if any, will be recorded by Creative in the period that the purchase is completed.
None of the directors or substantial shareholders of Creative has any interest, direct or indirect, in the acquisition.
Creative Technology Ltd., a global leader in PC entertainment products, expands the power of the personal computer with Personal Digital Entertainment (PDE) solutions, comprising desktop products, Internet appliances and Internet applications and services. Leveraging in-house technology, partnerships and value-added investments, Creative markets its solutions to consumers and system integrators, with worldwide distribution through traditional marketing channels, OEMs and the Internet. Creative's mission is to expand upon its leadership role in PDE, utilizing innovative technology, broadband and leading edge designs for technically progressive consumers and entertainment enthusiasts. Explore PDE at www.creative.com.
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