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  • Jun. 10, 2014, 4:24 PM
    • 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.
    • Previous: Analyst commentary on Synaptics/Renesas
    | Jun. 10, 2014, 4:24 PM | 3 Comments
  • Apr. 1, 2014, 3:58 PM
    • The Nikkei reports Apple (AAPL +0.9%) is in talks with Renesas (RNECF) to buy its 55% stake in iPhone LCD driver IC supplier Renesas SP Drivers, and is looking to acquire it for ¥50B ($479M).
    • Sharp (SHCAY) owns 25% of Renesas SP, and Taiwan's Powerchip 20%. Sharp is expected to sell its stake to Apple if the company asks for a a deal after buying Renesas' interest.
    • Apple, which already develops its own app processors and fingerprint sensors, reportedly "wants to meld the design of core display components into overall product development."
    • A deal could be a positive for Himax (HIMX +3.9%) and MagnaChip (MX -0.6%), given Renesas SP's other clients would start looking for alternative LCD driver suppliers. Renesas SP has an estimated ~33% share of the market for small and mid-sized LCD drivers/controllers. It had revenue of ¥60B ($575M) during the fiscal year ending March 31.
    • Earlier: 4.7" iPhone LCD production reportedly set to start
    | Apr. 1, 2014, 3:58 PM | 10 Comments
  • Jul. 22, 2013, 7:32 AM

    Google (GOOG) has agreed to acquire a 6.3% holding in a subsidiary of Taiwanese chip company Himax Technologies (HIMX) in order to help finance the development of display technology for head-mounted devices such as Google Glass. Google has an option to increase its stake to 14.8% within a year. Financial details weren't disclosed. Intel Capital is an existing investor in the unit. Himax shares surge 31%. (PR)

    | Jul. 22, 2013, 7:32 AM | 4 Comments