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UTStarcom Announces Receipt of a Preliminary Non-Binding Proposal to Acquire the Company

HONG KONG, March 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UTStarcom Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:UTSI) (the “Company” or “UTStarcom”) today announced that its board of directors (the “Board”) has received a preliminary non-binding proposal letter, dated March 31, 2017, from Shah Capital Opportunity Fund LP, Himanshu H. Shah (together with Shah Capital Opportunity Fund LP, the “Shah Parties”),  Hong Liang Lu and his affiliates (the “Lu Parties”) and Tenling Ti (“Mr. Ti”, collectively with the Shah Parties and the Lu Parties, the “Consortium Members”), to acquire all of the outstanding ordinary shares of the Company not owned by the Consortium Members, for US$2.15 in cash per ordinary share. A copy of the proposal letter is attached hereto as Exhibit A. The Board has formed a special committee consisting of two independent and disinterested directors, Sean Shao and Xiaoping Li (the “Special Committee”), to consider the proposal.

The Company cautions its shareholders and others considering trading its securities that the Board has just received the proposal letter and neither the Board nor the Special Committee has had an opportunity to carefully review and evaluate the proposal or make any decision with respect to the Company’s response to the proposal. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any definitive agreement will be executed relating to the proposed transaction or that this or any other transaction will be approved or consummated. The Company does not undertake any obligation to provide any updates with respect to this or any other transaction, except as required under applicable law.

About UTStarcom Holdings Corp.

UTStarcom (NASDAQ:UTSI) is a global telecom infrastructure provider dedicated to developing technology that will serve the rapidly growing demand for bandwidth from cloud-based services, mobile, streaming, and other applications. We work with carriers globally, from Asia to the Americas, to meet this demand through a range of innovative broadband packet optical transport and wireless/fixed-line access products and solutions. The Company’s end-to-end broadband product portfolio, enhanced through in-house Software Defined Networking (SDN)-based orchestration, enables mobile and fixed-line network operators and enterprises worldwide to build highly efficient and resilient future-proof networks for a range of applications, including mobile backhaul, metro aggregation, broadband access and Wi-Fi data offload. Our strategic investments in media operational support service providers expand UTStarcom’s capabilities in the field of next generation video platforms. UTStarcom was founded in 1991, started trading on NASDAQ in 2000, and has operating entities in Hong Kong; Tokyo, Japan; San Jose, USA; Delhi and Bangalore, India; Hangzhou, China. For more information about UTStarcom, please visit

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For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

UTStarcom Holdings Corp.
Tel: +852-3951-9757

Fei Wang, IR Director

Ning Jiang, Investor Relations

In the United States:

The Blueshirt Group
Mr. Ralph Fong
Tel: +1 (415) 489-2195

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