Synaptics buying Renesas unit, ups guidance; Himax lower

|About: Synaptics Incorporated (SYNA)|By:, SA News Editor

Synaptics (SYNA) is acquiring Renesas' (RNECF) LCD driver IC unit in full for $475M in cash, or an enterprise value of $515M. Past reports had Synaptics only initially buying Renesas' 55% stake in the business.

The deal is expected to close in calendar Q4, be financed with a combo of cash and $300M in debt financing, and be immediately accretive to EPS. It adds to a broader consolidation wave that has hit the semi industry over the last year.

The Renesas unit (#1 in the mobile LCD driver market) had revenue of $650M and cash flow of $100M in the fiscal year ending in March - that means Synaptics is paying only 0.8x trailing sales. Synapitcs (current market cap of $2.4B) predicts the purchase will grow its addressable market by 1.5x, and "accelerate its product roadmap for touch-and-display driver integration."

Separately, Synaptics is hiking its FQ4 revenue guidance to $300M-$310M, above a prior $275M-$295M and a $285.8M consensus. The touchpad/touch controller vendor says both mobile and PC demand has been better than expected.

Synaptics is halted. Renesas rival Himax (HIMX) -2.3% AH.

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