Another Cash Trade Gets Taken Out

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 |  Includes: AVNX, OIIM, SIRF, TRSCF
by: Toro

Three of the four cash plays in the semiconductor industry I wrote about in November have been subject to buyouts by competitors in 2009. SiRF Technologies (SIRF) and Avanex (AVNX) both caught a bid earlier this year. And last week, Tundra Semiconductor (OTC:TRSCF) also agreed to be bought.

Gennum Corp (GND.TO) is buying intellectual property firm Tundra Semiconductor (TUN.TO) in a cash and stock deal worth C$86 million ($69.4 million), the companies announced late on Thursday.

The deal values Tundra at C$4.43 a share. Tundra's shares closed at C$3.07 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday.

The other stock of the four was O2Micro (NASDAQ:OIIM).

Returns since November 12 for each stock have been

AVNX -5.0%
OIIM 53.7%
SIRF 83.2%
TUN (C$) 41.3%

Average return 43.3%

The average return far outpaces the return of the broad market or the semiconductor index.

That is what buying stocks at or below net cash can do.