Claim by Minority Shareholders and Debtholders of ImageSat International

HAIFA, Israel , December 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) announced it was advised that a claim was filed by certain shareholders and debtholders of ImageSat International N.V. ("ImageSat"). The claim was filed in the...


HAIFA, Israel , December 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) announced it was advised that a claim was filed by certain shareholders and debtholders of ImageSat International N.V. ("ImageSat"). The claim was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. ("IAI"), Elbit Systems, Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd., a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, and four directors of ImageSat, one of which was nominated by Elbit Systems and the remaining three by IAI. The claim is related to two other claims announced on July 4, 2007 and July 24, 2008 . ImageSat's largest shareholder is IAI, holding approximately 46% of ImageSat's issued share capital. Elop holds approximately 14% (7% on fully diluted basis) of ImageSat's issued share capital. The director of ImageSat, appointed by Elbit Systems, named as defendant, is, Elbit Systems Chief Financial Officer.

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ImageSat is engaged in the operation of satellites and in providing satellite imagery. The claim contains various allegations that the defendants allegedly breached their fiduciary and/or contractual obligations to the detriment of the plaintiffs. The claim alleges various causes of action and damages aggregating hundreds of millions of dollars, not all of which are alleged against Elbit Systems and/or Elbit Systems subsidiary and/or the director appointed by Elbit Systems .

Based upon a preliminary review of the claim, Elbit Systems believes that there is no merit to the allegations made against it or the current or former ImageSat directors who were nominated by Elbit Systems' subsidiary. Elbit Systems views the claim against it as baseless and will vigorously defend against them.

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of defense-related programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned air vehicle (UAV) systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms and developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications.

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