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- Reuters reports EU regulators have approved Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) planned $54/share ($16.7B) acquisition of Altera (ALTR +1.3%), following September clearance from the DOJ. Regulatory approval has been widely expected - Intel doesn't compete with Altera's core FPGA products, and Xilinx remains a formidable rival FPGA supplier.
- Altera still trades $1.60 below Intel's buyout price. SA author Chris DeMuth Jr. has been arguing a good merger arb opportunity exists. He estimated yesterday Altera's net arbitrage spread (diminished a bit today) spelled a 15% annual return.
- 3 days ago: Altera shareholders approve Intel deal
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- investors should stick with "market darlings" - the 25 stocks that had performed the best during the six months before a market pullback - according to the analyst team at RBC.
- The firm notes that although many recent winners are leading the market lower, the extent of the underperformance is just 1%; it also says investing in the group following sharp market pullbacks is a winning strategy over the ensuing week, month and six months.
- RBC's 25 market darlings are AET, ALTR, AMZN, AIZ, CVC, CI, CAG, EA, EQIX, EXPE, GME, GOOGL, HAS, HCA, MNST, NFLX, NKE, PRGO, REGN, SBUX, TSO, TWC, TSS, UA, UHS
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Mon, Jun. 1, 9:21 AM
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- As rumored over the weekend, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) agrees to buy Altera (NASDAQ:ALTR) for $54 per share in cash, or $16.7B. The purchase is expected to be accretive to Intel's EPS and free cash flow in the first year after the close (in six-to-nine months).
- A webcast to discuss the deal is set for 10 ET.
- Source: Press Release
- INTC +0.65% and ALTR +4.8% (to $51.20) premarket
- Previously: WSJ: Intel to announce $54/share Altera deal on Monday (May 31)
Sun, May 31, 4:02 PM
- Following more than two months of drama, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is set to announce tomorrow it's buying FPGA vendor Altera (NASDAQ:ALTR) for the same $54/share price Bloomberg reported hearing in early April, per the WSJ.
- The reported price translates to a $16.2B valuation (per Yahoo/Google Finance), or $13.2B after factoring net cash/investments. It represents an 11% premium to Altera's Friday close, and a 56% premium to where it traded before the WSJ first reported of deal talks on March 27.
- Since the first reports, Altera has posted disappointing Q1 results/Q2 guidance, and Intel has announced a server CPU partnership with programmable ASIC maker eASIC (Pending:EASI) that has been seen as a hedge against Altera. But that alliance could prove complementary, as FPGAs remain the gold standard for rapid programmability and low design costs, while ASICs maintain a size, performance, and power edge.
- Will Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) get acquired next? Reuters reported earlier this month Avago has shown interest in the Altera archrival. But that was before Avago struck a $37B deal to merge with Broadcom.
- Previously: Intel/Altera seen providing many synergies, sparking more M&A
Fri, May 29, 9:14 AM
Fri, May 29, 1:53 AM
- Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is close to a deal to buy fellow chipmaker Altera (NASDAQ:ALTR) for about $15B, the NY Post reports, stating that a deal is "likely by the end of next week."
- Altera reportedly rejected an Intel $54/share bid just a few months ago and then broke off sales talks, but that was before Altera issued disappointing earnings.
- Intel also has the option to launch a hostile bid after June 1, when its standstill agreement with Altera expires.
- Intel-Altera timeline
Mon, May 18, 9:15 AM
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Tue, May 12, 7:33 PM
- Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is partnering with programmable ASIC maker eASIC (EASI - recently filed for an IPO) to create custom Xeon CPU products that (per the companies) can deliver up to 2x the performance acceleration of a solution using an FPGA for programmability. Web/cloud service providers (major buyers of custom Xeon parts) are targeted, as are security and big data/analytics workloads.
- eASIC, whose customers include Seagate, Ericsson, and Huawei, argues ASICs designed by its clients deliver the programmability, development cost, and deployment time advantages of FPGAs (to a large extent, at least), while maintaining the size, unit cost, performance, and power draw advantages of standard ASICs. 60%-120% and 50%-80% performance and power advantages are respectively claimed over comparable FPGAs.
- The alliance could act as a hedge against reported acquisition target Altera (NASDAQ:ALTR), whom Intel has partnered with to create solutions that put a Xeon CPU and Altera FPGA in the same package. Web/cloud providers looking to use FPGAs to accelerate processing for algorithms they've developed are among the intended clients. FPGAs can still deliver a level of on-the-fly programmability that eASIC's offerings can't.
- For those interested, eASIC filed its latest IPO prospectus last week. The company had 2014 revenue of $67.4M (+126% Y/Y), and a net loss of $1.1M. As of March 31, eASIC had enabled over 200 custom IC designs and shipped over 21M chips.
- Last week: Intel launches new high-end Xeon CPUs
Altera Corp designs and sells programmable logic devices, HardCopy application-specific integrated circuit devices, power system-on-chip devices, pre-defined design building blocks known as intellectual property cores, and associated development tools.
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