Aug. 15, 2012 - 04:06AM JST
Tokyo Electron Ltd and FSI International have entered into a definitive agreement under which TEL will acquire FSI for $6.20 per share in cash, or an aggregate equity purchase price of approximately $252.5 million.
The purchase price represents a premium of 53.5% to the closing price of FSI’s common shares on August 10.
Surface preparation has increasingly become a critical technology in semiconductor manufacturing, and TEL is focused on improving its market position. FSI is a leading provider of cleaning and surface preparation equipment with process capabilities complementary to TEL’s. FSI’s innovative technologies, combined with TEL’s expertise and strong track record as a provider of fundamentally reliable batch and single wafer surface preparation equipment with high productivity and outstanding low defect performance, will enable TEL to provide an even stronger overall product lineup. Additionally, the diverse set of tool capabilities greatly enhances TEL’s capacity to offer value-added solutions for the new surface preparation challenges that will inevitably come in the future.
Hiroshi Takenaka, President and CEO of TEL, commented: “FSI has a long history as a technology innovator in surface preparation. They have repeatedly developed creative solutions to key challenges in semiconductor manufacturing. I’m convinced that the acquisition will expand TEL’s business by strengthening our ability to provide effective solutions for the full range of current and future customer applications, thereby increasing value to our shareholders.”
Donald Mitchell, Chairman and CEO of FSI, added: “This transaction represents a compelling opportunity for FSI shareholders, employees and customers. By combining the market position, scale and operational excellence of Tokyo Electron with the leading edge surface preparation solutions from FSI we can ensure that semiconductor manufacturers have access to the advanced technology they need for success at 28 nanometers and below. We are pleased to become part of Tokyo Electron, a premier company in the semiconductor production equipment industry.”