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Knowles Signs Definitive Agreement to Divest Timing Device Business

Company enters Into Definitive Agreement To Sell Timing Device Business for $130 million

ITASCA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN), a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and precision device solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its timing device (oscillator) business, part of the Precision Devices segment, to Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions, for $130 million in cash. The transaction is expected to be slightly dilutive to earnings and to close in the current quarter, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.

“The divestiture of this non-strategic business enables us to increase our focus on growth platforms where we have strong market positions and attractive margin profiles,” said Jeffrey Niew, president and CEO of Knowles.

Depending on the timing of the close of this transaction, the Company may update its fourth quarter 2017 guidance it provided on its October 25, 2017 earnings call.

About Knowles

Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) is a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and precision device solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications, medical, military, aerospace, and industrial markets. Knowles uses its leading position in MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) microphones and strong capabilities in audio processing technologies to optimize audio systems and improve the user experience in smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Knowles is also the leader in acoustics components used in hearing aids and has a strong position in high-end oscillators (timing devices) and capacitors. Knowles’ focus on the customer, combined with unique technology, proprietary manufacturing techniques, rigorous testing and global scale, enables it to deliver innovative solutions that optimize the user experience. Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, Knowles is a global organization with employees in 12 countries. For more information, visit knowles.com.

Forward Looking Statements

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Financial Contact:
Knowles Investor Relations
Mike Knapp
Phone: (630) 238-5236
Email: mike.knapp@knowles.com

Source: Knowles Corporation