May 7, 2015, 4:35 PM
- Along with its FQ4 results, Microchip (NASDAQ:MCHP) announces it's buying analog/mixed-signal chipmaker Micrel (NASDAQ:MCRL) for $14/share, or $744M net of cash. Micrel shareholders can opt to be paid either in cash or stock.
- The price represents a modest 4% premium to Micrel's Thursday close. Microchip notes the price is 30% above where Micrel traded before activist Starboard Value disclosed a 12% stake last August, thus fueling hopes Micrel will take part in the chip industry's consolidation wave.
- The deal is expected to close in early calendar Q3. No word yet on expected post-merger cost synergies. Micrel's chips often go into hardware Microchip aims to sell microcontrollers for. Last year, Microchip bought Bluetooth chipmaker ISSC for $294M.
- Microchip has also announced it's expanding its buyback authorization to 20M from the 2.5M that it previously had remaining. The company's FQ4 diluted share count was 220.9M.
- FQ1 guidance is for revenue $547M-$564M and EPS of $0.69-$0.73, almost entirely below a consensus of $568.3M and $0.74. Many peers have also provided soft guidance.
- Microchip is nearly unchanged AH.
Apr. 13, 2015, 9:49 AM
- Micrel's (NASDAQ:MCRL) 2015 annual meeting has been pushed back from June 19 to August 4. The analog/mixed-signal chipmaker states the move will "allow the Board and the Company's management to further evaluate the Company's strategic alternatives."
- Micrel announced a strategic review on Jan. 20 amid a chip industry consolidation wave that still isn't showing any signs of letting up.
Jan. 20, 2015, 10:58 AM
- Micrel's (NASDAQ:MCRL) board has "unanimously decided to undertake a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives to enhance value for shareholders."
- A Transactions Committee composed of three directors has been formed, and Credit Suisse hired to advise.
- Plenty of other chipmakers have been acquired over the last 15 months.
Jun. 17, 2014, 6:58 PM
- The consolidation wave that has hit the semi industry could soon yield tax inversion deals for foreign firms similar to deals seen in the healthcare industry, says FBR's Christopher Rolland.
- Inversion deals allow U.S. companies buying foreign firms to see lower tax rates if less than 80% of the equity in the new company is owned by legacy U.S. shareholders, and the post-merger company has substantial foreign ops.
- Rolland thinks ARM (ARMH), NXP (NXPI), Mellanox (MLNX), and Taiwan's MediaTek could be among the foreign companies targeted by U.S. chipmakers. Worth noting: Mellanox sells more than just chips, and ARM's business model depends on the company maintaining a neutral status within the industry.
- Meanwhile, Nomura's Romit Shah names 15 potential M&A candidates, and divides them into 3 groups: "Sub-scale companies" with high margins and strong IP; "strategic companies" with compelling product lines; and "undervalued companies."
- Shah's "sub-scale companies:" IDTI, ISIL, MTSI, MCRL, SMTC, SLAB.
- "Strategic companies:" ALTR, AMCC, ATML, CAVM, MPWR, BRCM ($22.5B market cap could make it tough to digest).
- "Undervalued companies:" DIOD, IRF, MSCC.
Aug. 30, 2013, 4:54 PM
- In an effort to "complement [its] high performance clock and timing products" as well as expand its MEMS capabilities, Micrel (MCRL) will acquire MEMS maker Discera.
- The deal "gives MCRL the intellectual property and technical know-how to pursue not only MEMS-based timing devices but also other types of MEMS devices," CEO Ray Zinn says.
- Terms of the deal were not disclosed but MCRL did say it expects the acquisition to be dilutive to earnings in FY13 and "neutral to slightly accretive in FY14." (PR)
Mar. 15, 2012, 4:13 PMAnalog/mixed-signal chipmaker Micrel (MCRL) is acquiring a controlling interest in PhaseLink, a developer of clock chips for telecom and storage applications, for an undisclosed sum. Micrel expects the deal to dilute its 2012 EPS by $0.02, but be accretive within 18 months. Shares are down slightly AH. | Mar. 15, 2012, 4:13 PM