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Atmel Corporation (ATML)

  • Jul. 7, 2014, 10:41 AM
    • Atmel (ATML -1.1%) is acquiring Newport Media, a maker of TV broadcast and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chips, for $140M in cash + up to $30M in performance earn-outs over the next 2 years.
    • With NMI having posted 2013 sales of $43M, Atmel is paying 3.3x-4x trailing sales. The deal will be financed with a mixture of cash on hand and credit facility borrowings, and is expected to become accretive in 2H15.
    • Atmel declares Newport's low-power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth ICs complement Atmel's microcontrollers, and suggests they're well-suited for embedded/wearables applications (i.e. the proverbial Internet of Things) requiring small form factors and low power draw.
    • Broadcom, CSR, and Qualcomm's Atheros unit are among the key players in the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth IC market. Microchip recently bought Taiwanese Bluetooth chipmaker ISSC; Apple bought low-power Bluetooth chipmaker Passif Semi last year.
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  • 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.
  • Jun. 9, 2014, 10:36 AM
    • A slew of chip stocks are rallying following Analog Devices' (ADI +5.9%) $2B deal to acquire RFIC vendor Hittite Microwave.
    • The purchase is part of an M&A wave that has hit the semiconductor industry over the last 12 months, as chipmakers try to gain scale, cut opex, and grow their cross-selling opportunities by consolidating. Other deals: RF Micro/TriQuint, Avago/LSI, Microchip/ISSC.
    • ADI, which shares many telecom equipment, defense/aerospace, and automotive clients with Hittite, predicts Hittite's RF, microwave, and millimeter wave ICs will complement its RF and signal-conversion (ADC/DAC) products.
    • Several RF and analog/mixed signal chipmakers are higher, but they're not the only gainers: RFMD +1.8%. TQNT +1.8%. PSMI +2.5%. LLTC +1.6%. MSCC +2.1%. IDTI +3.8%. ATML +3.4%. IRF +1.4%. SIGM +3.9%. AMCC +3.8%.
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  • Dec. 20, 2012, 9:20 AM
    Atmel (ATML) tries to tap a growth market by acquiring Ozmo, a developer of ultra-low-power Wi-Fi chips for the proverbial "Internet of things." Ozmo doesn't directly compete with Wi-Fi leaders such as Broadcom, Intel, and Qualcomm, but instead focuses on embedded devices such as speakers, thermostats, and remote controls, where low power consumption and small size are at a premium. Atmel notes Ozmo is a leader in Wi-Fi Direct solutions, which are expected to show a 100% CAGR through 2015.
  • May. 2, 2012, 2:02 PM
    Microchip (MCHP -0.7%) is only off slightly following its deal to acquire fellow microcontroller vendor Standard Microsystems (SMSC +38.4%). Likely helping is Microchip's forecast the deal will be accretive in its first full quarter after completion. Capstone's Jeff Schreiner thinks Microchip may be trying to strengthen its position in the growing automotive microcontroller market. Rivals Atmel (ATML +1.6%) and Freescale (FSL +1.8%) are rallying a little.
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  • May. 11, 2011, 3:14 PM
    FBR Capital considers recent chip deals for Atheros (ATHR) and National Semi (NSM) a "solid start for tech M&A," citing SLAB, ATML, FCS, IRF, MXIM, ADI, LLTC and ISIL as potential takeover targets. Given techs' increasing confidence about the economy and that balance sheets are flush with cash, "more M&A activity could be on the come."
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Atmel Corp designs and manufactures microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory, radio frequency (RF) components and application specific integrated circuits.